Tanya M. Sandros is General Counsel of the United States Copyright Office at the Library of Congress. As General Counsel, Ms. Sandros is a principal legal officer of the Office, with responsibility for the Copyright Office’s regulatory activities, litigation, and legislative activities. She assists the Register of Copyrights in advising Congress and coordinates on legal issues with the Department of Justice, other agencies of government, the courts, the legal community, and a wide range of stakeholders affected by the copyright law and other matters contained in title 17.
Ms. Sandros joined the Copyright Office in 1995 and has worked extensively on registration issues and with the statutory licensing provisions in the copyright law, addressing current legal issues both in a regulatory and an adjudicative context. She played a key role in the Office’s determination that ringtones are within the scope of the statutory license for the making and distribution of phonorecords and its determination that broadcasters are subject to a digital performance right when streaming music over the Internet. In addition, she has been involved in the legislative process and has worked closely with congressional staff on a wide range of issues, including music licensing, design protection, the public performance of sound recordings, and revisions to the statutory damages provision.
Ms. Sandros is a graduate of the George Mason School of Law and a member of the Virginia State Bar. She received a bachelor of arts from the University of Chicago.