Sarang V. Damle
General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights


Sarang (Sy) Damle is general counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights for the United States Copyright Office. He was appointed to the position effective July 31, 2016.

In his position as general counsel, Damle provides legal guidance to the various divisions and programs of the Office, including the national registration and recordation systems, and he is frequently called upon by congressional offices, the U.S. Department of Justice, and other federal agencies for advice and assistance. He also has primary responsibility for the formation and promulgation of regulations and the adoption of legal positions governing policy matters and practices of the Copyright Office.

Damle joined the Office in 2014 after several years of government service. From 2013 to 2014, he was senior counsel in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Before that, he was an appellate litigator in the Department of Justice’s Civil Division, where he served as lead counsel in over 40 appeals, with a focus on intellectual property, separation of powers, and administrative law matters. Damle began his legal career as a law clerk to the Hon. Sandra L. Lynch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Damle received his JD from the University of Virginia, where he graduated first in his class. He also holds engineering and business degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

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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.”