Copyright Alliance

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Copyright Alliance
Formation December 14, 2006
Type 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization
Purpose copyright education and advocacy
  • Washington, D.C.
Keith Kupferschmid

The Copyright Alliance is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in Washington, D.C. that advocates policies to promote and preserve the value of copyright, and to protect the rights of creators and innovators.

The Copyright Alliance works to unite creators across various disciplines. Its organizational members include trade associations, unions, companies, and guilds, that represent millions of individual creators. The Copyright Alliance also directly collaborates with and represents hundreds of thousands of creative individuals and small businesses. Tom Paxton and other musicians support The Copyright Alliance.

Creative industries represented include: graphic, commercial and fine artists; film and television directors; film, television and stage workers; photographers; authors; screen and television performers; writers; songwriters and composers; recording artists; sports leagues; software developers and more. Who We Represent


At its launch in May 2007, the Copyright Alliance began with a membership of 29 organizations purporting to represent 11 million individuals. It was initially created as an informal coalition, the “Copyright Assembly,” by the late Jack Valenti, former President and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). At the time, its goal was to educate Congress and the public about the economic importance of copyrighted material to uphold greater protections.

The launch of the Copyright Alliance was supported by members[1] of the United States House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet, U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI), ranking Representative Howard Coble (R-NC), and Representative Howard Berman (D-CA). Several music legends were also in attendance to support the launch, including Lamont Dozier, Steve Cropper, Tom Paxton, and Tim O’Brien.

The Copyright Alliance was introduced with Patrick Ross as executive director for four years until he was succeeded by Sandra Aistars on December 20, 2010. On October 1, 2017, Keith Kupferschmid succeeded Aistars as CEO of the Copyright Alliance. Kupferschmid[2] previously served as General Counsel and Senior Vice President for Intellectual Property at the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA).


As of 2017, the Copyright Alliance represents the copyright interests of over 1.8 million individual creators and more than 13,000 organizations. Some of its member organizations include:

21st Century Fox

American Association of Independent Music (A2IM)

Association of American Publishers

Association of Independent Music Publishers

American Intellectual Property Law Association

American Photographic Artists

Artists Rights Society (ARS)

American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers

American Society of Media Photographers

Authors Guild

Broadcast Music, Inc.

Business Software Alliance

CBS Corporation

Copyright Clearance Center

Church Music Publishers Association

Digital Media Licensing Association

Directors Guild of America


Entertainment Software Association

Getty Images

Global Music Rights

Graphic Artists Guild

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees

Magazine Publishers of America

Motion Picture Association of America

Nashville Songwriters Association International

National Basketball Association

NBC Universal

News Media Alliance

National Music Publishers’ Association

National Press Photographers Association


Professional Photographers of America

The Recording Academy

RELX Group (Reed Elsevier)

Recording Industry Association of America


Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists


Software Information Industry Association

Sony Pictures

Sound Exchange

Thomson Reuters

Time Warner

National Association of Broadcasters (Associate Member)

Picture Licensing Universal System (Associate Member)

The Copyright Alliance also has four boards:

· Board of Directors

· Legal Advisory Board

· Academic Advisory Board

· Creator Advisory Board


Since its foundation, the Copyright Alliance has acted as an advocate for creators’ rights and for effective copyright law. Over the years, the Alliance has collaborated with various groups in support of copyright.

In 2007, the annual Copyright Alliance EXPOnential was launched on Capitol Hill. This featured a variation of creative works and new copyright protection tools to highlight the vital role of copyright industries to the national and global economy.

In 2012, the Copyright Alliance began a partnership with the U.S. Copyright Office to celebrate the annual World IP Day to emphasize the importance of creative innovation and intellectual property. At their 2013 World IP Day, Representative Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, announced a plan for a comprehensive review of copyright law that would span three years and include 20 hearings to evaluate the various aspects of copyright law.

In 2014, the Copyright Alliance collaborated with New York-based Cravath, Swaine, and Moore LLP, to initiate an externship[3] program at Columbia Law School. Through this program, free legal counsel is extended to individuals and small businesses regarding copyright cases.

On April 26, 2016, the Copyright Alliance, along with the U.S. Copyright Office, hosted a Copyright Matters program in recognition of World Intellectual Property Day. The theme was “Digital Creativity: Culture Reimagined,” and included a speaker from Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s company HITRECORD. During the event, a video[4] from Gordon-Levitt on the subject of IP was unveiled.

In 2017, the Copyright Alliance campaigned with CreativeFuture to send an open letter to elected officials which gained 72,000 individual signatures of support. The letter recognized the copyright system for promoting and protecting free speech, rewarding creativity, and promoting a healthy and creative economy.

Also in May 2017, the Copyright Alliance celebrated a decade of service to the creative community, from the Hill, to the courtroom, and everywhere in between.

As of the summer of 2017, the Copyright Alliance filed 22 amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court, courts of appeal for the Second, Fourth, Seventh, Ninth, and Eleventh circuits, as well as the D.C. Circuit, the Federal Circuit, and at the district court level. It has also filed comments with the U.S. Copyright Office, International Trade Commission, Federal Communications Commission, Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. And it has been quoted in the Washington Post, Forbes, Bloomberg, Variety, Billboard, Politico and numerous other major media outlets.

Political issues

The Copyright Alliance represents individuals and organizations that rely on copyright law to protect their creative efforts. The Copyright Alliance has consistently advocated for strong copyright law through various efforts.

In 2008, The Copyright Alliance supported the establishment of the PRO-IP bill in Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings. The bill, which enhances remedies for violations of intellectual property laws, was introduced in the Senate shortly thereafter and passed into law.

The Copyright Alliance has been a strong advocate for the modernization of the U.S. Copyright Office. In 2016, the Copyright Alliance publicly expressed their support of the U.S. Copyright Office Provisional Information and Technology Modernization Plan, urging the timeliness of its implementation. The integration of law, business, and IT is set forth in the plan and would minimize costly infrastructure requirements and utilize cloud services and mobile technologies. Through 2017, the Copyright Alliance has assembled support from the copyright community to get the H.R. 1695 – the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act bill – passed in the House of Representatives. The bill makes the Register of Copyrights a presidential appointee confirmed by the Senate, ensuring that the selection process allows for increased neutrality and transparency, and is integral to the continued modernization of the U.S. Copyright Office.

See also


  1. ^ "Cnet". 
  2. ^ "Variety". 
  3. ^ "Columbia Law School". 
  4. ^ "Where to Watch". 

External links

  • Copyright Alliance Website
  • Copyright Alliance Facebook
  • Copyright Alliance Twitter
  • Copyright Alliance Instagram
  • Copyright Alliance LinkedIn
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