Shira Perlmutter

Shira Perlmutter (born 1956) is a lawyer and law professor appointed to be the 14th Register of Copyrights in September 2020.[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]

Shira Perlmutter
Perlmutter in 2020
Occupationlawyer, law professor
Known forU.S. Registers of Copyrights

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 educationEdit

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.[3]


  1. ^ a b Perlmutter, Shira (2017-10-24). "From Paralysis to Progress: The (Useful) Art of Copyright Pragmatism". CUA Law Scholarship Repository. Retrieved 2020-09-21.
  2. ^ a b c d "Shira Perlmutter". USPTO. 2012-01-13. Retrieved 2020-09-21.
  3. ^ a b "Shira Perlmutter". University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School • Penn Law. Retrieved 2020-09-21.
  4. ^ a b "The Nobel Prize in Physics 2011". 2020-09-22. Retrieved 2020-09-22.