Robert Kasunic

Adjunct Professor of Law

Robert J. Kasunic is an Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Registration Policy and Practices at the U.S. Copyright Office in the Library of Congress. He was appointed by the Register of Copyrights to this position on April 16, 2013.

Prior to this position, Rob served as Deputy General Counsel at the U.S. Copyright Office where he advised the Register of Copyrights, senior management in the Copyright Office and the Library of Congress, and other agencies in the U.S. Government, such as the Departments of Justice and State on domestic copyright law and digital copyright law matters. At the Copyright Office, Rob has been involved with a wide array of domestic Internet, technology, and Digital Millennium Copyright Act issues before the Office. He was the primary attorney in charge of the triennial Section 1201 Rulemaking process since its inception in 2000 through 2010, assisted with development of the Office's Orphan Works Report and its legislative proposal, and assisted with the Section 104 Report mandated by the DMCA.

He has been teaching copyright law for 20 years and is currently an Adjunct Professor at both the Washington College of Law and the Georgetown University Law Center. Before arriving at the Copyright Office, he ran an IP practice which included pro bono defense of a parody website from threats by Mattel for trademark dilution and major copyright infringement litigation against the Baltimore Ravens and National Football League Properties over the team's former infringing logo. Professor Kasunic is a frequent speaker and panelist on copyright issues, is the author of several published articles on copyright law, and manages his own website on copyright law and litigation at: www.kasunic.com. He is a past Co-Chair of the Washington, DC Chapter of the Copyright Society of the USA, former Trustee for the Copyright Society, and was Chair of the Copyright Committee for the IPL Section of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia.



Currently Teaching



Degrees & Universities

  • J.D., University of Baltimore School of Law 1992
  • B.A., Columbia University 1985

  • + Selected Publications

  • + Selected Presentations

    • Robert Kasunic, Panelist, Litigation Copyright Limitations (First Sale Doctrine, Fair Use Doctrine, & The Limitation of Liability for Online Service Providers) (Copyright in the Courts: Issues of First Impression, 22nd Annual Spring Conference of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the American Bar Association, Arlington, Va., Apr. 12, 2007).
    • Robert Kasunic, Moderator & Organizer, User Generated Content: The Copyright Conundrum (American University Washington College of Law, Wash., D.C., Apr. 10, 2007).
    • Robert Kasunic, Speech, DRM & Library of Congress: Music, Archives, LOC Positions on DRM (Fair Use vs. Encryption: Digital Rights Management, Catholic University, Wash., D.C., Mar. 21, 2007).
    • Robert Kasunic, Panelist, DRM: Seeking Common Ground (IP Summit on Intellectual Property and Digital Media, The Cable Center, Denver, Clol., May 2006).
    • Robert Kasunic, Speech, 1201 Rulemaking and Section 1201 Litigation (Advanced Copyright Law, Duke Law School, Durham, N.C., March 2006).
    • Robert Kasunic, Moderator, Google Book Search: Fair Use or Foul (Annual Spring Intellectual Property Law Section Annual Spring Meeting, Crystal City, Va., Mar. 2006).
    • Robert Kasunic, Moderator, Google Book Search: Fair Use or Foul (The Copyright Office Comes to California, Cal., Mar. 2006).
    • Robert Kasunic, Panelist, Orphan Works: New Prospects for a Solution (American University, Washington College of Law, Wash., D.C., Feb. 2006).
    • Robert Kasunic, Panelist, Copyright 102 (Federal Communications Commission, Wash., D.C., Feb. 2006).
    • Robert Kasunic, Speech, Inns of Court (Google Book Search: Fair Use or Foul, Wash., D.C., Nov. 2005).
    • Robert Kasunic, Moderator, Google Print for Libraries: Fair or Foul (Luncheon Panel for the DC Chapter of the Copyright Society of the USA and the Patent, Trademark and Copyright Section of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Wash., D.C., Oct. 2005).
    • Robert Kasunic, Panelist, Images, Illustrators & Copyright Law - Artists' Rights Issues (American Society of Architectural Illustrators, AIP 20 Conference, Wash., D.C., Oct. 2005).
    • Robert Kasunic, Panelist, The DC Bar, What You Need to Know About the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and its Application (Wash, D.C., Apr. 2005).
    • Robert Kasunic, Speech, Copyright Basics and Beyond (Lunch Talk at the National Geographic Society, Wash., D.C., Apr. 2005).
    • Robert Kasunic, Panelist, The Copyright Office Comes to New York, Litigation Year in Review (New York State Bar Association Intellectual Property Section and the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal, N.Y.C., N.Y., Apr. 2005).
    • Robert Kasunic, Speech, P2P and the Future of Copyright (Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts, Columbia Law School, N.Y.C., N.Y., Mar. 2005).
    • Robert Kasunic, Speech, Entertainment and Sports Law (The Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, Inc., Columbia, Md., Jan. 2005).
    • Robert Kasunic, Panelist, echnology to the Rescue? Whether DRM and Free Markets Can Tame Illicit File-Sharing Without Government Intervention or Compulsory Licensing (New York Section of the Copyright Society of the USA, The Princeton Club, N.Y.C., N.Y., Dec. 16, 2004).
    • Robert Kasunic, Moderator, The Digital Media Consumer Rights Act and Other Constitutional Challenges to Copyright (AIPLA Annual Meeting, Wash., D.C., Oct. 2004).
    • Robert Kasunic, Panelist, Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit Panel on Alternative Compensation Systems (George Washington University, Wash., D.C., May 2004).
    • Robert Kasunic, Panelist, Fundamentals of Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry: Copyright Law Issues for Artists, Writers, and Entertainers and Digital Music Panel (Sports & Entertainment Law Conference 2004, University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, MD, Apr. 2004).
    • Robert Kasunic, Moderator, The Future of P2P: Where Do We Go From Here? (DC Bar Intellectual Property Section and the Washington D.C. Chapter of the Copyright Society of the USA, Wash., D.C., Mar. 2004).
    • Robert Kasunic, Speech, Digital Copyright Issues for Publishers (Biennial Convention of the Protestant Church-owned Publishers Association, Wash., D.C., Mar. 2004).
    • Robert Kasunic, Speaker, Copyright Basics (Symposium in Honor of the Delegation from the National Copyright Administration of China, United States Copyright Office, Wash., D.C., Mar. 2004).
    • Robert Kasunic, Panelist, Digital Millennium Copyright Act (University of Baltimore's Intellectual Property Law Symposium, Balt., Md., Mar. 2004).
    • Robert Kasunic, Speech, Fair Use by Government Agencies (Federal Library and Information Center Committee, Library of Congress, Wash., D.C., Feb. 2004).
    • Robert Kasunic, Panelist, The New Anticircumvention Rule: Views from the Copyright Office and Procedure Participants (The DC Bar, Wash., D.C., Nov. 2003).
    • Robert Kasunic, Speech, Copyright Basics and Digital Copyright Update (Videoconference to four Federal Depository Libraries coordinated by the Patent and Trademark Depository Library Program, Wash., D.C., Nov. 2003).
    • Robert Kasunic, Speech, Digital Copyright Issues (Videoconference with Syracuse University, Nov. 2003).
    • Robert Kasunic, Speech, , The Folly of "Sharing" in the Digital Age, Practicing in the Public Interest - Reshaping IP Policy in a Digital World (2003 Intellectual Property Law Seminar, Howard University School of Law, Wash., D.C., Oct. 2003).
    • Robert Kasunic, Speech, Use of Copyrighted Material in Government Training (Diplomatic Security Service, Department of State, Tyson's Corner, Va., Aug. 2003).
    • Robert Kasunic, Speech, Update on Copyright Legislation, Litigation and Copyright Office Affairs (Montgomery County Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section, Rockville, Md., May 2003).
    • Robert Kasunic, Moderator & Speaker, Copyright Legislation (The DC Bar, Wash., D.C., Apr. 2003).
    • Robert Kasunic, Speech, International Visitor Program, Protection on Intellectual Property Rights (U.S. Department of State Sponsored Multi-Regional Project, Wash., D.C., Mar. 2003).
    • Robert Kasunic, Speech & Panelist, Why Digital is Different (Art and Music Meet the Digital Age: A Look at the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, University of Maryland School of Law, Balt., Md., Mar. 2003).
    • Robert Kasunic, Speech, Sharing in the Digital Age (Federal Bar Association, Wash., D.C., June 2002).
    • Robert Kasunic, Speech, The Copyright Office Comes to California (Santa Monica & S.F., Cal., Mar. 2002).
    • Robert Kasunic, Panelist, Does Intellectual Property Threaten Intellectual Life? (A Roundtable on Teaching and Research, American Studies Program, Wash., D.C., Nov. 2001).
    • Robert Kasunic, Speech, The Fair Use Analysis (The Library of Congress, Wash., D.C., Nov. 2001).

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