George Thuronyi is deputy director of Public Information and Education (PIE) at the U.S. Copyright Office. In this role, he assists the Associate Register of Copyrights and director of PIE in the creation and delivery of mission-critical information products, educational programs, authoritative publications, and other expert resources.
Thuronyi has been with the Copyright Office since 1999, always working to educate and communicate with the general public and the creative community. He has served in various roles as acting chief, assistant chief, and recordation section head, and Thuronyi was one the agency’s early webmasters, when the internet was a new way of reaching people. He designed new systems and the first search engine that gave users easy access to the millions of records in the copyright catalog.
Thuronyi started his career at the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. There, he was a writer-editor, publishing a book review magazine. He also wrote a book on the history of a volunteer equipment-repair program. He set up the NLS web presence and worked on Web-Braille, the world’s-first, full-text digital Braille distribution system.
Thuronyi is a graduate of the Library’s Leadership Development Program. He has a bachelor of science in journalism from the University of Maryland, focusing on public relations and minoring in German.
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.”