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 AllianceŽ (IIPAŽ), a private sector coalition of
seven U.S. trade associations which represent over 3,200 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).