Former US Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters Named to Copyright Clearance Center's Board of Directors
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Former US Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters Named to Copyright Clearance Center's Board of Directors

Signals Increased Focus on Copyright Policy for CCC

DANVERS, MA., February 16, 2011 — Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) CEO Tracey Armstrong announced the appointment of the just-retired US Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters to its Board of Directors. With service at the US Copyright Office spanning four decades, Peters adds another seasoned copyright policy expert to CCC.

"We're privileged to have such a decorated copyright veteran joining our Board," said Armstrong. "We look forward to leveraging her tremendous knowledge and experience."

"With Marybeth's appointment, CCC continues to expand its expertise in copyright policy matters," comments Tarja Koskinen-Olsson, the former Chair of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO), who joined the Board just over a year ago. "CCC will be extremely well served by Marybeth's in-depth expertise in copyright policy issues."

"I look forward to being part of CCC's growing policy thought-leadership efforts and am honored to be working with such a diverse and knowledgeable Board of Directors," said Peters. "Licensing has always been important, but it will only become more so in the future."

"The strength of our Board lies in its deep policy and industry expertise, which allows CCC to maintain its integrity as a broker between rightsholders and the users of content," said Jack Hoeft, Chairman of CCC's Board. "Marybeth's appointment takes us to the next level of leadership of copyright issues."

Having recently hosted IFRRO's annual meeting and a successful copyright policy event on Capitol Hill, CCC will continue to expand its efforts in copyright policy matters through its bi-annual OnCopyright leadership symposium and future events.

CCC advocates the responsible use of content while providing the expertise to make it simple to do so through licensing technology, certification programs, webinars, regional workshops and more for authors, publishers, corporations and academic institutions. In September 2010, CCC announced the opening of its European subsidiary, RightsDirect.

Founded in 1978, CCC is headquartered in Danvers, Massachusetts and manages over 350 million rights, driving over $200 million in licensing revenues delivering royalties to copyright owners worldwide.

  • Chairman: Jack Hoeft
  • Vice Chairman: Richard S. Rudick
  • Tracey L. Armstrong
  • David Foster
  • Laura N. Gasaway
  • Karen Hunter
  • Stanley N. Katz
  • Roy S. Kaufman
  • Tarja Koskinen-Olsson
  • Nancy Lee
  • Elizabeth St. J. Loker
  • James Monaco
  • Marybeth Peters
  • Ronald H. Schlosser
  • Sanford G. Thatcher

About Marybeth Peters
Marybeth Peters became the United States Register of Copyrights on August 7, 1994. From 1983 to 1994 she was policy planning adviser to the register. She also served as acting general counsel of the Copyright Office and as chief of both the Examining and Information and Reference divisions. Peters is a frequent speaker on copyright issues; she is the author of The General Guide to the Copyright Act of 1976. Peters received her undergraduate degree from Rhode Island College and her law degree, with honors, from The George Washington University Law School. She is a member of the bar of the District of Columbia.

Peters received numerous awards for her work as Register of Copyrights. They include: The 2005 Jefferson Medal, awarded by the New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association, an award from the American Society of Media Photographers for "exemplary fairness and contributions to photographers," an award from the Graphic Artists Guild, the Los Angeles Copyright Society's Lifetime Achievement Award, the American Intellectual Property Law Association 2006 Excellence Award and State Bar of Texas Entertainment & Sports Law Section 2007 Texas Star Award, and in 2010 the Library's Distinguished Service Award (its highest honor), Managing Intellectual Property's Outstanding Lawyer in North America, and the District of Columbia Bar Association's award for outstanding contributions in intellectual property.

About Copyright Clearance Center, Inc.
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