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Looking Back and Moving Forward: Copyright’s Biggest Issues

Date: September 22 2011 12:00pm - 1:30pm Location: The Governor Hotel - Billiard Room

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The Governor Hotel - Billiard Room

Marybeth Peters was the United States Register of Copyrights from 1994 until 2010.  Previously, she held the positions of Policy Planning Adviser to the Register, Acting General Counsel, Chief of both the Examining and Information and Reference Divisions, Senior Attorney, Office of the General Counsel, Music Examiner.  From 1989 -1990, she served as Consultant in Copyright Law, for the World Intellectual Property Organization, Geneva.

Peters is a frequent speaker on copyright issues.  She delivered the 2004 Brace Memorial Lecture (at New York University School of Law), the 1996 Horace S. Manages Lecture at Columbia University School of Law, the 2009 Reed-Elsevier-Suffolk Law School annual lecture, and in 2010 the annual Finnegan lecture at American University’s Washington College of Law.  She also is the author of The General Guide to the Copyright Act of 1976.

Peters has received numerous awards for her work as Register of Copyrights.  They include: The AIPLA’s 2006 Excellence Award, MIP 2010 North American Outstanding Lawyer’s Achievement Award, the DC Bar Association’s 2010 IP Champion Award, the Library of Congress’s Distinguished Achievement Award, the 2005 Jefferson Medal, awarded by the New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association, for exceptional contributions in the field of intellectual property; the 2004 Cyber Champion Award presented by the Business Software Alliance, for exceptional contributions in the field of computer law; the 2003 Computer Law Association Past President’s Award for distinguished service to information technology lawyers throughout the world, the Women in Music 1999 Touchstone Award, for legislative contributions that brought significant benefit to those in music; as well as awards from  the American Society of Media Photographers, the Graphic Artists Guild, and the Music Publishers Association.  Peters is a member of The Copyright Society of the U.S.A., the Intellectual Property Section of the American Bar Association, the U.S. Chapter of the Association litteraire et artistique internationale (ALAI), the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and the International Technology Law Association.  From 1986 to 1995 she was a lecturer in the Communications Law Institute of The Catholic University of America’s law school and previously served as adjunct professor of copyright law at The University of Miami School of Law and at The Georgetown University Law Center.

Peters received her undergraduate degree from Rhode Island College and her J.D., with honors, from The George Washington University Law School. 

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