On Sept 21st, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced Shira Perlmutter will be the nation’s 14th Register of Copyrights and Director of the U.S. Copyright Office. Ms. Perlmutter is a recognized copyright expert and will make an immediate impact as she balances the needs of all stakeholders and users in leading the Copyright Office. Perlmutter, who is currently serving as Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, will transition to the Copyright Office in late October.
“Copyright industries have long formed a critical part of the U.S. and global economies,” said Tracey Armstrong, CCC’s president and CEO, “and advances in technology are rapidly accelerating options for creating, distributing, consuming, sharing and preserving content. In Congress, copyright deserves the prompt and supportive attention of legislators – as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the foundation for copyright in the Internet era, is up for review. CCC offers our assistance and support to Register Perlmutter as she takes up this important role. CCC also thanks Maria Strong, who has served as Acting Register and is returning to her role as Associate Register for Policy and International Affairs where we look forward to continuing to work with her.”
CCC congratulates Register Perlmutter and looks forward to working with her and her colleagues to address critical copyright issues at the intersection of law, business, and technology. We welcome Register Perlmutter’s leadership and her deep experience and expertise, and we hope to assist her in the work required for the U.S. to retain its leadership position in the world of copyright policy. As part of our mission, CCC plans to continue to contribute to the development of contemporary policies that both reflect the evolving use of content and the encouragement of market-based solutions– enabling creators and publishers to develop new technology, licensing and workflow tools to improve the customer experience for their readers and content users.