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Our Mission

Our mission is to foster interest in and advance the study and understanding of copyright law in literature, music, art, theater, motion picture, television, computer software, architecture, and other works of authorship, and their distribution through both traditional and new media.

Members of the Society include attorneys and professionals from the world’s leading IP firms, entertainment and media industries, representatives of the US Copyright Office and the US Patent and Trade Office (USPTO), academics and students.

The Society holds national events such as the Brace Lecture and the Annual and Mid-Winter Meetings.  In addition, its thirteen regional Chapters conduct events in their respective areas.

The Society also publishes the Journal of the Copyright Society and awards the annual Seton Award and Award for Excellence in Creativity.


Our History

Since 1953, the Copyright Society has been comprised of copyright law practitioners and members who work in literature, music, art, theater, motion pictures and television, computer software architecture and all forms of new media.

Our membership spans the IP landscape: from authors of primary copyright law treatises to academics and their students; from solo practitioners to large law firms; and includes the Register of Copyrights, and other members of the Copyright Office and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Copyright law underlies every aspect of contemporary life, and our members are practitioners and creators, analysts and authors.