Maria Strong is the deputy director of policy and international affairs for the United States Copyright Office. She was appointed to the position effective January 12, 2015.
Strong assists the Associate Register of Copyrights and director of policy and international affairs on issues involving domestic and international copyright law and policy, trade negotiations, and legislation. She represents the Copyright Office at meetings of foreign government officials concerned with the international aspects of intellectual property protection, serves on interagency committees, and provides regular support to Congress and its committees.
Upon joining the Copyright Office in 2010, Strong served as senior counsel for policy and international affairs and also served as acting general counsel from April to July 2013. Before joining the Office, she served for 19 years in private law practice in Washington, DC, where she represented clients in the media, technology, and entertainment sectors and provided analyses and advocacy on global and domestic issues involving copyright law, enforcement, trade policy, and e-commerce. She began her legal career as a staff attorney at the Federal Communications Commission.
Strong earned her JD from George Washington University Law School, her MA from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications, and her BA from UCLA.
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.”