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Jacqueline C. Charlesworth
Of Counsel
New York +1 212 841 1034 jcharlesworth@cov.com Download V-card

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   

In private practice, Ms. Charlesworth has handled a broad range of litigation, transactional, and regulatory matters, such as:

  • Infringement actions, including cases involving rights issues, fair use, and the DMCA
  • Ratesetting litigation and settlements before the Copyright Royalty Board
  • Industrywide MOUs to establish music licensing and royalty practices
  • Preparation of appellate and Supreme Court briefs
  • Licensing agreements with online music services and others
  • Copyright due diligence in anticipation of sale
  • Copyright termination matters
  • Audit and royalty disputes
  • Legislative and regulatory activities relating to copyright
  • Advice on emerging copyright issues

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.
  • Library of Congress Award for Distinguished Service (2016)
  • Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel Public Service Counsel of the Year Award (2006)