Passing of Former Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters


The Global Innovation Policy Center mourns the passing of former Register of Copyrights, Marybeth Peters. Marybeth was a lifelong civil servant, having worked at the Copyright Office from 1966 to 2010. Early in her career she attended law school in the evenings and progressively worked her way up the ranks. For the final sixteen years of her tenure, Marybeth served as Register of Copyrights — the second longest tenure of any Register in American history.

GIPC Senior Vice President Patrick Kilbride issued the following statement:

“Marybeth Peters was respected across the United States and around the world for her encyclopedic knowledge of copyright law. As the leader of the Copyright Office, her dedication to the fundamental role of copyright as a driver of creativity and economic growth helped contribute to a copyright system that supports industries which add more than $1.3 trillion to the American economy every year. Her loss is deeply felt throughout the American creative sectors.”

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