Copyright Basics w/ Copyright Alliance

September 18, 2019  •  Washington, DC

Event Summary

WALA and the Copyright Alliance team up at the fantastic Entertainment Software Association headquarters to teach the basics of copyright.

Do you have a creative work that you want to copyright?

Come learn how at this presentation and Q & A session. You will learn…

  • U.S. Copyright Basics
  • What is a copyright?
  • Who owns a copyright?
  • When does a copyright exist?
  • What is the effect of registration?
  • What is the effect of a copyright notice?
  • Copyrighted works involving people or third party works
  • What is a release?
  • What is a license?
  • Basics of Fair Use
  • Remedies in the United States
  • DMCA

Keith Kupferschmid - CEO, Copyright Alliance
Terrica Carrington - Copyright Counsel, Copyright Alliance

Before joining the Copyright Alliance, Keith Kupferschmid served as the General Counsel and Senior Vice President for Intellectual Property for the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA). During his 16 years at SIIA, he represented and advised SIIA member software and content companies on intellectual property (IP) policy, legal and enforcement matters.

He has testified before Congress and various federal and state government agencies on IP issues and also supervised SIIA’s Anti-Piracy Division, including working with federal and state government officials on civil and criminal piracy cases.

Prior to joining SIIA, Keith worked as an IP attorney at the law firm of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, IP attorney-advisor at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), Director of Intellectual Property at the United States Trade Representative, and Policy Planning Advisor at the U.S. Copyright Office.

Terrica Carrington is an attorney serving as Copyright Counsel with the Copyright Alliance. In her role as Copyright Counsel, she has worked on a number of legal and policy issues related to copyright law, in addition to working with the Copyright Alliance’s creator members.

Terrica is a 2016 graduate of the George Mason University School of Law. During her time in law school, she gained a variety of experience in copyright law. While participating as a student attorney in the Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Clinic at GMUSL, Terrica co-authored a filing submitted to the U.S. Copyright Office on the effects of the DMCA’s notice and takedown process on middle-class artists. Terrica was also selected as the First Place Winner of the 2015 Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association’s legal writing competition.

Additionally, Terrica’s previous experience includes various internships and employment with National Geographic, the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, the Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Clinic, the Association of Public Television Stations, and WYZ Girl Entertainment Consulting, a boutique entertainment law firm based in D.C.

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About ESA:

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) is the U.S. association exclusively dedicated to serving the business and public affairs needs of companies that publish computer and video games for video game consoles, handheld devices, personal computers, and the Internet.

In addition to owning and operating E3, ESA offers a range of services to interactive entertainment software publishers, including but not limited to:

In addition to owning and operating E3, ESA offers a range of services to interactive entertainment software publishers, including but not limited to:
Visit Entertainment Software Association’s website at:

  • A global content protection program
  • Business and consumer research
  • Government relations
  • Intellectual property protection efforts

Event Details

  • Date

    September 18, 2019

  • Time

    7:00pm - 9:00pm

  • Partner

    Copyright Alliance

  • Venue

    Entertainment Software Association
    601 Massachusetts Ave, NW
    Suite 300
    Washington, DC 20001

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