Karyn Temple: Global Executive of Copyright Law

New York City Bar Association · Karyn Temple: Global Executive of Copyright Law


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Karyn A. Temple is the Senior Executive Vice President and Global General Counsel for the Motion Picture Association (MPA) and one of the world’s leading authorities on copyright and anti-piracy. Karyn oversees the MPA’s legal affairs and content protection efforts worldwide.

Before joining the MPA, Karyn served more than eight years in the U.S. Copyright Office as the Register of Copyrights, where she led the 400-person agency and its eight divisions. Karyn previously served as Vice President of Litigation and Legal Affairs for the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), spent several years as a litigation associate at the law firm, Williams & Connolly LLP, and received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where she was Senior Editor of the Columbia Law Review, and served as Chairperson of the Columbia Black Law Students’ Association. Karyn recently joined the Board of the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice and has served in several prominent volunteer positions in the copyright community.

Presented by the New York City Bar Copyright and Literary Property Committee and hosted by members Theodora Fleurant and Jose Landivar, Ms. Temple reflects on her storied career and the MPA’s ongoing battle against online piracy.

Access a transcript of this episode here: https://bit.ly/4b4z4GO

Selected Links from the Episode:

Motion Picture Association: https://www.motionpictures.org/

Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment: https://www.alliance4creativity.com/

Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice: https://www.linkedin.com/company/iipsj/

New York City Bar Copyright & Literary Property Committee: https://www.nycbar.org/committees/copyright-literary-property-committee/