Abraham L. Kaminstein Scholar in Residence Program

Abe Kaminstein, 6th Register

Through its Abraham L. Kaminstein Scholar in Residence Program, the Copyright Office is honored to invite leading academics with a demonstrated commitment to the study of copyright law and policy to spend time at the Copyright Office, at the invitation of the Register, conducting research and/or working on mutually beneficial projects. Appointments are not made on any fixed schedule but are instead based on the availability of qualified candidates and appealing projects as well as the Office's funding and priorities at the time of consideration.

Legal academics (law professors, fellows, and the like) with three or more years of significant experience teaching and/or analyzing copyright law and policy who are interested in the Abraham L. Kaminstein Scholar in Residence Program should submit a letter of inquiry describing their research interests as they relate to the Copyright Office, accompanied by a current CV or resume, to [email protected].

Abraham L. Kaminstein served as the sixth Register of Copyrights, from 1960 to 1971. He was a leading force in adapting the copyright registration system to the public interest, and in laying the groundwork for the general revision of copyright law.

Year Scholar in Residence Research Focus Additional
2013–2014 Professor Robert Brauneis of George Washington University Law School. Statistical Analysis of Electronic Copyright Catalog Recordation of Copyright Documents (Read Report)
2015–2016 Professor Zvi Rosen of Hofstra University Empirical Data Concerning Public Access to Pre-1978 Copyright Records
2016–2017 Professor Steven R. Wilf of University of Connecticut School of Law Research on the historical development of the Copyright Office and mechanisms of deposit.

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