Associate Register of Copyrights & Director of Policy and International Affairs
U.S. Copyright Office
Member Since: 1992
She also served as the Acting Register of Copyrights from January 5, 2020, through October 24, 2020, having been appointed by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. During that time, Strong led a 440-person workforce to administer the many aspects of the Copyright Act and continue office IT modernization efforts, all during pandemic operations. She also served as Acting Assistant Register and Director of Operations from November 7, 2021, to March 26, 2022. Prior to her appointment as director of PIA, Strong served as its deputy director since January 2015. She also served as acting general counsel from April to July 2013. Maria joined the Copyright Office as senior counsel for policy and international affairs in 2010.
Before joining the Office, Maria spent nineteen years in private 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.
Maria earned a JD from George Washington University Law School, an MA in communications management from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications, and a BA in communication studies from UCLA.
Parent: U.S. Copyright Office
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