David J. Christopher
Chief of Operations


David J. Christopher is the chief of operations for the United States Copyright Office. He was appointed to the position effective December 17, 2012.

In his position as chief of operations, Christopher supervises the day-to-day operations of the Office, including financial controls, budget, human capital, statutory royalty investments, mandatory deposit and acquisitions, contracts, and strategic planning functions. He works closely with senior Copyright Office managers in technology, registration, and policy and with the greater Library of Congress.

Christopher earned his MA in international commerce and policy from George Mason University and his BA from the University of Tennessee. He also holds a certificate from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

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About the USCO

Congress created the Copyright Office in 1897 as a separate department of the Library of Congress. The Register of Copyrights serves by appointment of, and under the general direction of, the Librarian of Congress. Congress enacted the first federal Copyright Act in 1790 in accordance with Article 1, section 8 of the United States Constitution, “to promote the progress of science and the useful arts by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective discoveries.”