January 29, 2003 Register of Copyrights Announces Appointment of Associate Register for Policy and International Affairs
Press Contact: Sheryl Cannady (202) 707-6456, [email protected]
The Register of Copyrights is pleased to announce the appointment of Jule L. Sigall to the position of Associate Register for Policy and International Affairs, effective Feb. 10.
Sigall comes to the Copyright Office from the law firm of Arnold & Porter, where he was a senior associate in the firm's Intellectual Property and Technology practice group and specialized in copyright law and its application to new technologies. During his tenure there he represented and advised a wide range of creators, distributors and users of copyrighted works, including photographers, record companies, magazine publishers, public television stations, sports leagues, and advertising agencies. He represented clients in several significant cases involving copyright and the Internet, including Kelly v. Arriba Soft Corp. (addressing the use of digital copies of photographs by Internet search engine), UMG Recordings, Inc. v. MP3.com, Inc. (addressing the use of digital copies of sound recordings in an Internet music service), and Bonneville Inter'l Corp. v. Peters (addressing the application of the sound recording digital performance right to Internet streaming of radio signals). In Ets-Hokin v. Skyy Spirits, Inc., he successfully argued before the Ninth Circuit Court on behalf of an individual photographer for reversal of a lower court decision involving copyright in derivative works. He has published several articles on copyright law, and has spoken frequently on copyright and new technologies, including lectures at Duke University School of Law and The Catholic University of America.
From 1997-1998, Sigall worked at the Copyright Office in the Office of Policy and International Affairs, making significant contributions to a number of domestic and international copyright policy issues and legislative matters, including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the No Electronic Theft ("NET") Act . He participated in a number of multilateral and bilateral intellectual property negotiations where he served as lead copyright counsel and provided advice on international copyright policy to executive branch agencies. He was specifically responsible for the enforcement-related provisions of the TRIPS Agreement.
Sigall is a 1990 graduate of Duke University and a 1996 summa cum laude graduate of The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, where he served as Notes and Comments Editor of the Catholic University Law Review.