Rights Researcher (Temporary)

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Job Description

The Music Division in the Library of Congress is seeking to hire a person with experience researching and clearing intellectual property rights in archival collection materials.  The appointment is expected to last 2-4 months and will be paid approximately at the GS-9 level, which is currently $56,233/year.  The full-time or part-time work (to be negotiated) will be accomplished under the supervision of the Digital Projects Coordinator in the Music Division.

Work can begin as soon as the rights researcher is hired.  The Music Division is in the Madison Building, 101 Independence SE, Washington DC 20540.

Kostelanetz project

The Music Division is putting selected items from the André Kostelanetz Collection online.  Since Kostelanetz’s career spanned the mid-20th century, many of these items are still under copyright.  We wish to hire a temporary employee to research the rights on selected items and to secure permissions to put them online.  This is especially essential for putting any recordings online, since Kostelanetz was known for his “sound.”


  • Perform research to identify rights holders for items LC will digitize.  Items may include manuscripts, scores, sheet music, audio recordings, film and video, photographs, and other miscellaneous formats.

  • Submit sample permissions letters to the Office of the General Counsel and contact them when questions arise concerning rights issues.

  • Contact rights owners and secure permissions and licenses for the Library through written letters and agreements drafted by contractor.

  • Identify clearly to rights owners the items the Library wishes to use on the Web site.

  • Negotiate license fees and permissions on behalf of the Library when necessary.

  • Maintain files on all rights issues for the project.

  • Enter permissions notes into item database so that they will be displayed online with each item.


*Candidate should have experience at obtaining permissions and licenses from copyright owners of performing arts materials.

*He/she should know how to conduct research to identify rights owners, and have experience with drafting permissions letters and maintaining files regarding all contact and correspondence with rights owners.

*Candidate must have basic knowledge of performing arts history.

How to Apply

Please submit resumé and any supporting materials by COB March 5, 2018 to: Jan Lauridsen, Assistant Chief, Music Division

Questions?  Karen Lund, Digital Projects Coordinator (202) 707-0156 ; Jan Lauridsen, Assistant Chief (202) 707-5251

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