Temple Taped To Serve As MPA’s Top Lawyer

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The woman who has most recently served as the Register of Copyrights and Director of the U.S. Copyright Office is joining the Motion Picture Association as Senior EVP and Global General Counsel.


“I can think of no better person,” says MPA Chairman/CEO Charles Rivkin.

He’s speaking of Karyn Temple, a highly regarded copyright expert who will join the association on January 13, 2020. The move concludes an eight-year run at the Copyright Office.

“Strong copyright is the foundation of the creative economy, and Karyn’s knowledge and expertise will ensure that we continue to protect and promote the industry’s ability to successfully share their stories with audiences around the world,” Rivkin said.

Temple will oversee all of the Association’s legal affairs and content protection efforts around the world as part of Rivkin’s efforts to build a more globally integrated organization.

Prior to leading the USCO, Temple headed its Office of Policy and International Affairs, which includes a staff of attorneys focused on domestic and international copyright law matters. Temple served on both U.S. delegations for the most recent WIPO treaties (the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances and the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Public Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled).

As part of the Obama Administration, Temple served in a senior policy role at the U.S. Department of Justice as Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General of the United States.  While there, she helped manage the Department’s Task Force on Intellectual Property. She also previously served as a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the Department of Justice through its prestigious Honors Program.

In addition to her public and government service, Temple was VP/Litigation and Legal Affairs for the Recording Industry Association of America, where she managed a wide variety of content protection litigation matters on behalf of its member companies.  She also spent several years as a litigation associate at Williams and Connolly LLP.

NAB EVP/Communications Dennis Wharton was among the first to congratulate Temple on her forthcoming role. “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.”