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Former Copyright Office Head Joins MPA

Karyn Temple

Karyn Temple

The Motion Picture Association has snagged a high-profile copyright expert. 

Karyn Temple has joined MPA as global general counsel. 

“I can think of no better person than Karyn Temple, one of the world’s leading experts on copyright, to help us advocate for our members’ global film, television and streaming businesses at this pivotal time of transformation in the industry,” said MPA chairman Charles Rivkin. 

Karyn is the former Register of Copyrights, where she headed up the Copyright Office including advising all three branches of government on copyright policy and law. 

Temple became register last Marhc, but been acting director and register since October 2016, when she succeeded Maria Pallante atop the office in that acting capacity. Temple has been with the office as an associate register and director of policy and international affairs since 2013. 

Temple's resume also includes the Justice Department, the Recording Industry Association of America and the Williams & Connolly law firm. 

“We thank Karyn Temple for her service at the Copyright Office," said the Re:Create Coalition. "Her efforts on behalf of digitization and improved information technology will serve as an important foundation for the Copyright Office’s continued transition into the 21st century. We also thank Karyn for her openness to work with the full spectrum of copyright stakeholders, including public interest advocates, and we hope that she will bring that same spirit of open-mindedness to the Motion Picture Association." 

“NAB congratulates Register of Copyrights Karyn Temple on her hire as MPA’s general counsel," said NAB EVP Dennis Wharton. "Her steady leadership and thoughtful decision-making as head of the Copyright Office have been vital in protecting the rights of content creators. We wish her all the best on this new endeavor.”