Karyn A. Temple
Karyn Temple To Exit U.S. Copyright Office: How The CASE Act Can Continue Her Great Work
For the times they are a-changing in Washington. Karyn Temple, who has been instrumental in the successful implementation of the Music Modernization Act (MMA), is leaving her post as the 13th Register of Copyrights at the conclusion of this year. Temple is departing the U.S. Copyright Office to become the Motion Picture Association’s General Counsel. Her dedication to the effort to modernize the Copyright Office has been admirable and will surely be missed.
One of many to congratulate and laud the outgoing Register leading up to her departure, Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden stated that Temple, "Greatly improved [the Copyright Office’s] critical functions and paved the way for a modernized Copyright system."
Temple has been with the Copyright Office since 2013, and even shared the stage for a panel at SXSW in 2017 with the Recording Academy's own Director of Advocacy & Public Policy, Todd Dupler. And her legacy will live on through her many accomplishments such as the establishment of the Mechanical Licensing Collective, compensation for pre-1972 recording artists, and strong devotion to the importance of copyright and creativity. The Recording Academy sends a big "thank you" to Temple for her efforts to build a better system for music makers.
But Temple's diligent work on behalf of creators won’t stop with her departure. In fact, she leaves behind a Copyright Office that is already effectively implementing last year’s MMA and is well-prepared for the eventual passage of the CASE Act, which will establish a simpler and more streamlined small claims court to empower and protect all songwriters, artists, and creators.
The CASE Act's momentum continued during the Senate Committee on the Judiciary's hearing on Dec. 10, where their discussion of modernization efforts included the Copyright Office's readiness to implement the CASE Act. The hearing also outlined the timeline to name Temple's replacement, with Dr. Hayden saying they'd like to name a replacement in as soon as possible and that she would prefer to coordinate on this decision with the Senator’s offices. In the meantime, Dr. Hayden recently appointed Maria Strong to serve as the Acting Register.
And while passage of the CASE Act would make for a nice cap off to Temple's tenure, the bill is still being blocked by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), who previously opposed the MMA. As lawmakers and the music community alike deepen their understanding of the CASE Act's many benefits. Now is the time to contact Sen. Wyden to tell him know you stand with the bill that will simplify and streamline the process for all creators to defend their work against infringement.