Shira Perlmutter Appointed US Register of Copyrights

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today, September 21, 2020, that she has named Shira Perlmutter register of copyrights and director of the US Copyright Office, effective in late October. The Library Copyright Alliance congratulates Perlmutter on her appointment and looks forward to working with her.

Perlmutter is currently the chief policy officer and director for international affairs at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). She is also a research fellow at the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre at Oxford University. She co-authored a leading casebook on international intellectual property law and policy, and has published numerous articles on copyright issues.

Before joining the USPTO, Perlmutter was executive vice president for global legal policy at the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Prior to that, she was vice president and associate general counsel for intellectual property policy at Time Warner. She previously worked at the World Intellectual Property Organization as a consultant on the copyright issues involved in electronic commerce. In 1995, she was appointed as the first associate register for policy and international affairs at the US Copyright Office. She also served as the copyright consultant to the Clinton administration’s Advisory Council on the National Information Infrastructure.


About the Library Copyright Alliance

The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) addresses copyright issues that affect libraries and their users to foster global access to and fair use of information for creativity, research, and education. LCA consists of three major library associations—the American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Association of College and Research Libraries. These three associations collectively represent over 300,000 information professionals and thousands of libraries of all kinds throughout the United States and Canada.