Our mission

The Copyright Society’s 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.

Copyright Society - Our History

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.

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Our Members

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.

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Copyright Society Events

Our Events

The Society holds events such as the Donald C. Brace Memorial Lecture, the Annual and Midwinter Meetings, and the Copyright+Technology Conference, and special international conferences on topics at the forefront of copyright law around the world. In addition, our fifteen regional Chapters conduct events in their respective areas.

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The Journal of the Copyright Society

Our Journal

The Society also publishes the Journal of the Copyright Society and awards the annual Seton Award for best article by an author under 40.

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The leadership of the Copyright Society consists of a diverse group of attorneys and other professionals who have committed time and energy to the organization because of a commitment to foster the conversation about the changing fields of copyright and intellectual property law.


Committees are what drive the Copyright Society. Getting involved on a committee is one of the best ways to get the most out of your membership. It is on committees where you will make your best networking contacts — and friendships. A call to volunteer for committees is circulated annually in June