U.S. Copyright Office Announces Kaminstein Scholar, Zvi Rosen of Hofstra University
Issue No. 586 - June 26, 2015

Register of Copyrights Maria A. Pallante today announced that Professor Zvi Rosen will serve as the Abraham L. Kaminstein Scholar in Residence at the U.S. Copyright Office during the 2015–16 academic year.

The Abraham L. Kaminstein Scholar in Residence Program provides an opportunity for legal scholars to spend time at the Copyright Office, at the invitation of the Register, conducting independent research and working on mutually beneficial projects. Kaminstein was Register of Copyrights from 1960 to 1971. An internationally recognized expert in the field of copyright, he presided over many major revision studies and roundtables that laid the foundation for the 1976 Copyright Act.

Rosen is currently a visiting scholar at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. He has taught at New York Law School and the University of New Hampshire School of Law. Rosen is the author of numerous scholarly papers, and in 2013 received the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. Charles B. Seton Award for his article, “Reimagining Bleistein: Copyright for Advertisements in Historical Perspective.” He holds a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and an LLM from the George Washington University Law School where he was awarded the Finnegan Prize for the best paper in intellectual property.

In his service as Kaminstein Scholar, Rosen will focus on empirical information and metadata concerning public access to pre-1978 copyright data, drawing on the vast legal records of the Copyright Office. His research will include developing appropriate benchmarks and procedural standards.

"The Kaminstein Scholar Program promotes research, public service, and collaboration," Pallante said. “Professor Rosen’s academic focus is of great interest to the Copyright Office. And we are delighted to share both our resources and the considerable expertise of our legal staff while he is in residence.”

Rosen follows Robert Brauneis of the George Washington Law School who served as Kaminstein Scholar from 2013 to 2014. For additional information about the Abraham L. Kaminstein Scholar in Residence Program, including how to apply, please visit the program's webpage at http://copyright.gov/about/special-programs/kaminstein.html.