Regan Smith is the deputy general counsel for the United States Copyright Office. She was appointed to the position effective December 25, 2016.
Smith assists the general counsel on a full range of legal issues including litigation, policy studies, and regulatory proceedings. She also helps to provide legal advice and assistance to the various components of the Copyright Office, the U.S. Department of Justice, and other federal agencies.
Smith joined the Copyright Office in 2014 as assistant general counsel and advanced in 2015 to associate general counsel. Before joining the Office, she spent several years in private practice in Chicago, where she represented a variety of clients in matters concerning copyright, technology, media, and related intellectual property issues.
Smith earned her JD from Harvard Law School, where she served on the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. She has a BA in philosophy and political science from the University of Michigan.
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.”