In March 2013, Maria A. Pallante, the thirteenth Register of Copyrights, helped initiate a comprehensive congressional review of U.S. copyright law, through her Horace S. Manges Lecture The Next Great Copyright Act.
Marybeth Peters directed the policies and operations of the U.S. Copyright Office. During her tenure she oversaw the implementation of important new laws, including the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act.
Sarah Winnemucca is thought to be the first Native American woman to secure a copyright and publish in the English language. A member of the Northern Piute tribe, she published and copyrighted “Life Among the Piutes: Their Wrongs and Claims” in 1883.