A New Register of Copyrights, Copyright Officer Director Is Chosen

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Librarian of Congress has appointed the next Register of Copyrights and director of the U.S. Copyright Office.


She’ll serve as the 14th U.S. Register of Copyrights and, says head librarian Carla Hayden, “brings to this role a deep knowledge of domestic and international copyright law and policy and a background in negotiating international intellectual property agreements.”

The appointment was warmly welcomed by the NAB.

Taking the role is Shira Perlmutter.

She will step into the role of Register of Copyrights in late October and will assume leadership of the organization during its 150th anniversary year.

Maria Strong, who has served as acting Register since January 2020, will return to her position as Associate Register of Copyrights for Policy and International Affairs.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead the U.S. Copyright Office during its 150th year,” Perlmutter said.  “I look forward to working with Dr. Hayden and rejoining the dedicated staff of the Copyright Office on its mission of promoting the creation and dissemination of works of authorship to the benefit of the American public.”

Perlmutter has served since 2012 as chief policy officer and director for international affairs at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), working in all areas of intellectual property, including copyright. She worked with other agencies including the U.S. Copyright Office, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Justice, and other executive agencies.

At USPTO, Perlmutter guided the work of teams of policy experts, the Office of the Chief Economist and the IP Attaché program, oversaw the development and implementation of training and outreach plans, and served as lead author on significant Department of Commerce papers on copyright issues. She co-led the U.S. delegations that negotiated two copyright treaties at the World Intellectual Property Organization, notably the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled and the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances. She engaged with multiple copyright stakeholders, including author organizations, copyright industries, technology companies, consumers, libraries, and academics.

The NAB has enjoyed a long working relationship with Perlmutter,” association President/CEO Gordon Smith said. “We support her appointment as Register of Copyrights. Her broad expertise and experience in copyright law make her well-suited to lead the Copyright Office. Local radio and television stations look forward to continuing to work with her on copyright issues affecting the broadcast industry.”