Gustave Schlesier
Deputy Director of the Copyright Modernization Office


Gustave Schlesier is deputy director of the Copyright Modernization Office (CMO) of the United States Copyright Office. He was appointed to the position effective September 4, 2018.


Before serving in the Copyright Modernization Office, Schlesier served in the Copyright Technology office as a contractor starting in 2010 and more recently as a government employee. While working in the Copyright Technology Office, he supported several initiatives and provided subject matter expertise in the areas of project management and the software development lifecycle. Most notably, he provided project oversight of eCO development efforts. Before that, he worked as a military contractor for more than twenty years working for various companies such as Aeroflex, Thales, and BAE while supporting all branches of the U.S. Military. He has more than thirty-five years of software development experience ranging from embedded firmware design to the development of enterprise systems. He earned his BS degree in engineering (electrical specialty) from the Colorado School of Mines and his MBA from Baldwin University in Kansas City.


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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.”