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November 18, 2021

Time: 2:30 p.m. PT

AIMP Welcomes Register Of Copyrights

Please join us as we welcome the Register of Copyrights, Shira Perlmutter, in her first keynote address tor the AIMP on the status of music and copyright.  

Ms. Perlmutter, and her associates, have agreed to take questions at the end of the presentation if time allows.


Shira Perlmutter, Register of Copyrights and Director, U.S. Copyright Office




Shira Perlmutter
Register of Copyrights and Director, U.S. Copyright Office

Kevin R. Amer
Acting General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights

Robert J. Kasunic
Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Registration Policy and Practice



AIMP Panel

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Attention attorneys: this virtual activity is approved for .75 hour of Minimum Continuing Legal Education Credit by the State Bar of California.  During the webinar, you will be given two codes to make note of for the follow up email that will be sent one day after the webinar takes place.  Once you confirm those codes and include your State Bar number in the form provided, and your attendance is verified with Zoom reporting, your certificate will be sent to the email provided at registration.  The AIMP certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education. 

Additional Speaker Information

Shira Perlmutter is the Register of Copyrights and Director of the U.S. Copyright Office. She was appointed to the position effective October 25, 2020. Perlmutter leads a workforce of over 400 employees, advises Congress on copyright policy, and directs the administration of important provisions of the United States Copyright Act, Title 17. Prior to her appointment as Register, Perlmutter had served since 2012 as Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In that position, Perlmutter was a policy advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and oversaw the USPTO’s domestic and international IP policy activities; legislative engagement, through the Office of Governmental Affairs; education and training, through the Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA); global advocacy, through the IP Attaché Program; and economic analysis, through the Office of the Chief Economist. Before joining the USPTO, Perlmutter was Executive Vice President for Global Legal Policy at the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). Prior to that, she held the position of Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property Policy at Time Warner. Perlmutter previously worked at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva as a consultant on copyright and electronic commerce. In 1995, she was appointed as the first Associate Register for Policy and International Affairs at the U.S. Copyright Office. She was the copyright consultant to the Clinton Administration’s Advisory Council on the National Information Infrastructure in 1994 and 1995. Perlmutter is a research fellow at the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre at Oxford University. From 1990 through 1995, she was a law professor at The Catholic University of America, teaching copyright law, trademark and unfair competition law, and international intellectual property law. Previously, she practiced law in New York City, specializing in copyright and trademark counseling and litigation. She is a co-author of a leading casebook on international intellectual property law and policy and has published numerous articles on copyright issues. Perlmutter received her AB from Harvard University and her JD from the University of Pennsylvania.

Kevin R. Amer is the Acting General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights for the United States Copyright Office. He was appointed to the position effective July 2, 2021. Amer has served as deputy general counsel since 2019. In his position as Acting General Counsel, Amer provides legal guidance to the Office’s divisions, promulgates regulations governing the administration of the copyright system, advises congressional offices and other federal agencies, and develops legal positions in copyright litigation and other matters. Amer joined the Copyright Office in 2013 as counsel in the Office of Policy and International Affairs, and served as senior counsel in that office from 2015 to 2019. Before joining the Office, he spent several years in private practice in Washington, DC, focusing on appellate litigation. Previously, he served as a law clerk to the Hon. Charles R. Wilson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Amer earned his JD from Yale Law School. He earned his AB in history and literature from Harvard University.

Robert J. Kasunic, is Associate Register of Copyrights and director of registration policy and practice for the United States Copyright Office. He was appointed to the position effective April 16, 2013. In his position, Kasunic heads the Office of Registration Policy and Practice, which administers the U.S. copyright registration system and advises the Register of Copyrights on questions of registration policy and related regulations and interpretations of the copyright law. He is a recognized copyright expert and is one of four legal advisors to the Register. Kasunic joined the Copyright Office in 2000 as a senior attorney in the Office of General Counsel and was appointed deputy general counsel in 2010. Prior to arriving at the Office, he worked in private practice on a variety of copyright, trademark, and cyberlaw issues. He has been an adjunct professor of law for over twenty-five years and currently is an adjunct professor at American University’s Washington College of Law and was previously on the adjunct faculty of the Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Baltimore School of Law. Kasunic earned his JD from the University of Baltimore School of Law and his BA in political science from Columbia University

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