Shira Perlmutter

Shira Perlmutter

US Register of Copyrights since 2020

Shira Perlmutter (born 1956) is an American lawyer and law professor and the 14th Register of Copyrights.[1] Perlmutter has given public lectures on copyright, stating that Americans desire copyright laws that make sense, that are fair, and that reflect the technologies currently in use.[2] She has stated a desire for laws that keep pace with technology.[2]

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Perlmutter was the chief policy officer and director for international affairs at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.[3] She is a research fellow at the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre at Oxford University.[4] She co-authored a leading casebook: International Intellectual Property Law and Policy.[4]

Prior to that, she was executive vice president for global legal policy at the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.[3] She was vice president and associate general counsel for intellectual property policy at Time Warner.[3] In 1995, she was appointed to be the first associate register for policy and international affairs at the U.S. Copyright Office.[5] She was the copyright consultant to the Clinton administration’s Advisory Council on the National Information Infrastructure in 1994–95.[5]

Early life and education

Perlmutter was born to Daniel Perlmutter, a chemical engineering professor, and Felice Davidson Perlmutter, a social administration professor.[6] She has a brother, Saul, and a sister, Tova.[6] She has an A.B. from Harvard University and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.[3]


  1. "U.S. Copyright Office Welcomes New Register". Copyright Office NewsNet. No. 857. U.S. Copyright Office. October 26, 2020. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  2. Perlmutter, Shira (2017-10-24). "From Paralysis to Progress: The (Useful) Art of Copyright Pragmatism". CUA Law Scholarship Repository. Retrieved 2020-09-21.
  3. "Shira Perlmutter". USPTO. 2012-01-13. Retrieved 2020-09-21.
  4. "Shira Perlmutter". University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School • Penn Law. Retrieved 2020-09-21.
  5. "The Nobel Prize in Physics 2011". 2020-09-22. Retrieved 2020-09-22.

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