John H. Ashley is an expert on intellectual and tangible property laws in general and on visual arts in particular. He is the lead manager of staff who devise and apply rules and practices to decide copyright registration issues pertaining to pictorial, graphic, sculptural, and architectural works.
Mr. Ashley has a law degree from Harvard University Law School. He is an adjunct law school professor and teaches a number of subjects, especially copyright law to would-be lawyers. He also gives lectures and presents workshops on behalf of the U.S. Copyright Office.
Currently, he serves as a teacher and academic chair of the Register's recently established Copyright Academy, an internal university that offers training and courses to the Copyright Office and Library of Congress staff and, ultimately, will offer training to the general public.