Steven J. Metalitz


International Intellectual Property Alliance

1818 N Street NW, 8th Floor

Washington, DC  20036


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STEVEN J. METALITZ serves as counsel to the International Intellectual Property Alliance® (IIPA®), a private sector coalition of five U.S. trade associations which represent over 3,200 companies companies producing and distributing materials protected by copyright laws throughout the world. His primary duties with IIPA focus on issues of copyright protection in the digital and electronic commerce environments, including ratification and implementation of the WIPO Internet treaties, in several countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Mr. Metalitz also is a partner at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP, specializing in intellectual property, privacy, e-commerce and information law and policy advocacy. As counsel to the Creative Incentive Coalition, he was instrumental in the drafting of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, and he has also served as counsel to the Coalition for Online Accountability (formerly the Copyright Coalition on Domain Names) since its inception in 1999. From 1989 through 1994, Mr. Metalitz was Vice President and General Counsel of the Information Industry Association, directing the trade association’s government relations program and developing and advocating its policy positions in copyright, telecommunications, privacy, government information policy, and other areas. From 1982-1989, he held several senior staff positions with the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, including Chief Nominations Counsel, and Chief Counsel and Staff Director of its Subcommittee on Patents, Copyright and Trademarks. He also served as Legislative Director to Sen. Charles McC. Mathias, Jr. (R-MD). Legislative achievements include the Semiconductor Chip Protection Act of 1984, Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986, and Berne Convention Implementation Act of 1988, and other information-related legislation. Before his government service, Mr. Metalitz practiced law in Charleston, South Carolina.

Mr. Metalitz is a member of the bar in the District of Columbia and South Carolina (inactive). He has taught copyright law as Professorial Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC and has published widely on copyright topics, particularly in relation to the Internet. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Chicago (B.A. 1972) and earned his law degree at Georgetown University Law Center (J.D. 1977).


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