Denise D. Wofford
Director of Public Records & Repositories

As the director of the Office of Public Records and Repositories Wofford is responsible for carrying out major provisions of Title 17, including establishing records policy; ensuring the storage and security ofcopyright deposits, both analog and digital; recording licenses and transfers of copyright ownership; preserving, maintaining, and servicing copyright-related records; researching and providing certified and noncertified reproductions of copyright deposits; and maintaining the official records of the U.S. Copyright Office.

Prior to taking over as the director, Wofford served as the deputy director of the Copyright Technology Office. Before assuming her position at the Copyright Office in 2010, she worked at the Treasury’s Management Office of the OCIO, the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Bureau, and at Peace Corps. Prior to starting her career in the federal government, Wofford served as the information technology manager at the Graduate School, USA. Wofford began her career as a software developer. Her experience outside the government covers a variety of industries such as publishing, manufacturing, consulting, and banking.

Wofford holds a MS in computer systems management from the University of Maryland University College and a BS in business administration and information technology from Appalachian State University.

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About the USCO

Copyright functions were first centralized within the Library of Congress in 1870 and, in 1897, Congress created the position of Register of Copyrights. 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 useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.”