Ricardo Farraj-Feijoo
Director of Copyright Modernization Office

Ricardo Farraj-Feijoo is director of the Copyright Modernization Office for the United States Copyright Office. He was appointed to the position effective January 21, 2018.

Farraj-Feijoo is responsible for the oversight and administration of Copyright Office modernization programs and projects and provides leadership on the development and implementation of technology initiatives affecting registration and recordation. He oversees compliance issues with federal law, regulations, information technology standards, and best practices.

Prior to joining the Copyright Office, Farraj-Feijoo served as director of information technology services and the national security program manager within the Office of the Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Department of Commerce. He also worked in the information technology department of the Maryland Judiciary, National Telecommunication & Information Administration, Library of Congress, and for the Congressional Research Service.

Farraj-Feijoo served for ten years in the U.S. Army, completing tours in Germany and Korea. As a noncommissioned officer, he supported Operation Desert Storm and Operation Desert Shield while stationed at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Aberdeen, MD.

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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.”