of Copyrights Announces Appointment of Associate Register for Policy
and International Affairs
The Register of Copyrights is pleased to announce
the appointment of Jule L. Sigall to the position of Associate Register
for Policy and International Affairs, effective February 10.
Mr. Sigall comes to the Copyright Office from
the law firm of Arnold and Porter, where he was a senior associate
in the firm's Intellectual Property and Technology practice group
and specialized in copyright law and its application to new technologies.
During his tenure with Arnold and Porter, he represented and advised
a wide range of creators, distributors, and users of copyrighted
works, including photographers, record companies, magazine publishers,
public television stations, sports leagues, and advertising agencies.
He represented clients in several significant cases involving copyright
and the Internet, including Kelly v. Arriba Soft Corp.
(addressing the use of digital copies of photographs by Internet
search engine), UMG Recordings Inc. v. MP3.com, Inc.
(addressing the use of digital copies of sound recordings in
an Internet music service), and Bonneville International Corp.
v. Peters (addressing the application of the sound recording
digital performance right to Internet streaming of radio signals).
In Ets-Hokin v. Skyy Spirits, Inc., he successfully
argued before the Ninth Circuit on behalf of an individual photographer
for reversal of a lower court decision involving copyright in derivative
works. He has published several articles on copyright law and has
spoken frequently on copyright and new technologies, including lectures
at Duke University School of Law and The Catholic University of
From 1997-1998, Mr. Sigall worked at the Copyright
Office in the Office of Policy and International Affairs, making
significant contributions to a number of domestic and international
copyright policy issues and legislative matters, including the Digital
Millennium Copyright Act and the No Electronic Theft ("NET")
Act. He participated in a number of multilateral and bilateral intellectual
property negotiations, where he served as lead copyright counsel
and provided advice on international copyright policy to executive
branch agencies. He was specifically responsible for the enforcement-related
provisions of the TRIPS Agreement.
Mr. Sigall is a 1990 graduate of Duke
University and a 1996 summa cum laude graduate of The Catholic University
of America, Columbus School of Law, where he served as Notes and
Comments Editor of the Catholic University Law Review.