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Jacqueline C. Charlesworth

Covington & Burling LLP

New York, NY, USA


Jacqueline Charlesworth’s experience encompasses a rare combination of litigation, transactional, and policy work in both the government and private sector.

Ms. Charlesworth served as General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights for the U.S. Copyright Office, where she oversaw a wide range of litigation, legislative, regulatory, and policy matters, including:

  • Legal interpretation of the Copyright Act
  • Copyright Office participation in Supreme Court and other cases
  • Advice to Congress on copyright-related legislation and policy concerns
  • Rulemaking proceedings under the DMCA and other statutory provisions
  • Legal review of Copyright Royalty Board decisions   
  • Administration of statutory cable, satellite and music licenses
  • Copyright registration and termination issues
  • Copyright policy studies, including two major reports for Congress:
    • Copyright and the Music Marketplace (2015)
    • Copyright Small Claims(2013)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Adviser, ALI Restatement of the Law, Copyright (2015-present)
  • Member, Copyright Society of the USA (2002-present)
  • Leadership Music, Nashville, Tennessee (2014-2015)

Previous Experience

  • U.S. Copyright Office, General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights; Senior Counsel to the Register
  • National Music Publishers’ Association, Senior Vice President and General Counsel
  • The Harry Fox Agency, Inc., Senior Vice President and General Counsel
  • Ms. Charlesworth has also practiced at major law firms where she focused on intellectual property issues.

 Education

Yale Law School, J.D., 1991

  • The Yale Law Journal, Executive Committee Editor
  • Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, Founding Member

Brown University, B.A., 1983

  • magna cum laude
  • Phi Beta Kappa
Jacqueline C. Charlesworth is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Brief for the Respondents, Star Athletica, L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc., Case No. 15-866 (U.S. Sept. 14, 2016) - Advanced Copyright Law 2018: Current Issues, Thursday, March 15, 2018
Jacqueline C. Charlesworth, “Star Athletica v. Varsity: Ceci N’est Pas Une…Useful Article,” Law 360 (March 26, 2017) - Advanced Copyright Law 2018: Current Issues, Thursday, March 15, 2018
Reply Brief for the Petitioner, Star Athletica L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc., Case No. 15-866 (U.S. Oct. 2016) - Advanced Copyright Law 2018: Current Issues, Thursday, March 15, 2018
Star Athletica, L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc., Case No. 15-866 (U.S. Mar. 22, 2017) - Advanced Copyright Law 2018: Current Issues, Thursday, March 15, 2018
Brief for the Petitioner, Star Athletica, L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc., Case No. 15-866 (U.S. July 2016) - Advanced Copyright Law 2018: Current Issues, Thursday, March 15, 2018
Brief for the United States as Amicus Curiae Supporting Respondents, Star Athletica, L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc., Case No. 15-866 (U.S. Sept. 2016) - Advanced Copyright Law 2018: Current Issues, Thursday, March 15, 2018
U.S. Copyright Office: Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Chapter 900: Visual Arts Works, §§ 923.3–924 (Third Edition, September 29, 2017) - Advanced Copyright Law 2018: Current Issues, Thursday, March 15, 2018
U.S. Copyright Office, Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Chapter 900: Visual Arts Works, §§ 923.3–924.3 (Third Edition, December 22, 2014) - Advanced Copyright Law 2018: Current Issues, Thursday, March 15, 2018
Web Segment  Web Segment “Conceptual Separability”: Has Star Athletica Resolved the Confusion? - Advanced Copyright Law 2018: Current Issues, Friday, March 16, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio “Conceptual Separability”: Has Star Athletica Resolved the Confusion? - “Conceptual Separability”: Has Star Athletica Resolved the Confusion?, Friday, March 16, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts “Conceptual Separability”: Has Star Athletica Resolved the Confusion? - “Conceptual Separability”: Has Star Athletica Resolved the Confusion?, Friday, March 16, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg “Conceptual Separability”: Has Star Athletica Resolved the Confusion? - “Conceptual Separability”: Has Star Athletica Resolved the Confusion?, Friday, March 16, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Advanced Copyright Law 2018: Current Issues, Thursday, March 22, 2018, New York, NY
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