Keith Kupferschmid

Keith Kupferschmid is named Copyright Alliance’s new CEO

Copyright Alliance’s new CEO takes over October, 1st.

First up in important copyright news, the Copyright Alliance’s new CEO Keith Kupferschmid takes the helm. Mr. Kupferschmid takes the reins from Sandra Aistars who has moved on to a new leadership role at George Mason University School of Law as both a professor and director of the law school’s Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Program.

Sandra Aistars

Sandra Aistars now Clinical Professor & Senior Scholar & Director of Copyright Research & Policy of CPIP

I’d like to take a moment to thank Sandra for all her hard work on behalf on indie artists, filmmakers, musicians and more.  Without her unwavering guidance these past few years, there’s no doubt in my mind that our rights as creators would have been further undermined.  Working in the trenches in Washington, and being the target of anti-copyright activists online, is not an easy job, but it’s one which Sandra handed with professionalism and grace.  I’m excited to see what she has planned for her new venture with George Mason University of Law and wish her all the best.

Mr.Kupferschmid seems like an excellent person to succeed Sandra.  His background working on copyright issues in with both tech and creative interests make him well suited to lead the Copyright Alliance and be an influential advocate for creator’s rights in coming years:

Keith brings over two decades of experience in copyright law and policy. At SIIA, he represented and advised software and content companies on intellectual property policy, legal, and enforcement matters. He also supervised the Anti-Piracy Division, including managing anti-piracy staff, investigators and outside counsel, and working with federal and state government officials on civil and criminal piracy cases. Prior to that, he was an attorney at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, as well as at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the Copyright Office, and the US Trade Representative (USTR).

These are crucial times in the fight to protect creative rights across the spectrum and Mr. Kupferschmid promises to work on behalf of creators across the spectrum, large and small, as he tackles a number of challenging copyright issues:

I am thrilled to be the new CEO of the Copyright Alliance…. Sandra did a tremendous job building the Alliance into a respected and thoughtful organization that effectively represents the copyright interests of all types and sizes of creators and innovators. As SVP of Intellectual Property for SIIA the past 16 and a half years I worked with SIIA’s tech companies—both large and small—as well as other stakeholders in the copyright, tech, and academic communities to develop amicable solutions to complex copyright policy and enforcement issues.  I hope to use my experiences in the copyright and tech arenas to further build on the strong foundation established by Sandra.

I wish him well on his new journey and am looking forward to his efforts to build more bridges with indie artists across all disciplines.

Kim Dotcom’s Court Hearing Continues

In other news, Kim Dotcom’s extradition hearing in Auckland District Court continue this week in New Zealand with Crown prosecutor, Christine Gordon who is representing the United States, wrapping up her presentation as to why New Zealand should extradite the pirate site (Megaupload) founder to the U.S. to face charges that include racketeering, copyright infringement and money laundering.  Gordon focused rewards paid to top infringers:

Gordon told a judge this week that after Dotcom launched Megaupload in 2005, it grew to become so popular that each day 50 million people used the site, sucking up 4 percent of all Internet traffic.

“This was a big fraud but conducted in a fairly simple manner…

Behind the scenes, the respondents admitted their business broke the law. Sometimes they enjoyed the fact they were making their money by breaking the law,” she said. “Sometimes they worried about protection, and pondered what action they should take to, and I’m quoting here Mr. Dotcom’s words, ‘counter the justice system.” –New Zealand Herald


Facebook Copyright Meme Goes Viral (Again)

And finally, the “Facebook copyright hoax” has gone viral yet again.  I leave it to John Oliver to clear up any confusion over the matter: