Keith Kupferschmid, Chief Executive Officer
Before joining the Copyright Alliance, Keith served as the General Counsel and Senior Vice President for Intellectual Property for the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA). During his 16 years at SIIA, he represented and advised SIIA member software and content companies on intellectual property (IP) policy, legal and enforcement matters.
He has testified before Congress and various federal and state government agencies on IP issues and also supervised SIIA’s Anti-Piracy Division, including working with federal and state government officials on civil and criminal piracy cases.
Prior to joining SIIA, Keith worked as an IP attorney at the law firm of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, IP attorney-advisor at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), Director of Intellectual Property at the United States Trade Representative, and Policy Planning Advisor at the U.S. Copyright Office.
Terry Hart, Director of Legal Policy
Prior to joining the Copyright Alliance team, Terry wrote for Copyhype, a blog he started in 2010 that aims to make copyright cool again through lengthy, dry, legally dense articles. In 2011, the site was named by the ABA Journal as one of the top 100 law blogs in the U.S. and has been cited in legal publications and online news outlets. He also provided legal research for Robert Levine's Free Ride: How digital parasites are destroying the culture business and how the culture business can fight back, published in 2011.
Terry remains fascinated with creativity and technology, a fascination that started with writing songs using an Amiga 1000 and a MIDI keyboard when he was 8 years old. His musical talents have advanced little since then, so he turned instead to the law.
Terry earned his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law with a certificate in Intellectual Property. He has a B.A. in communications from Shippensburg University.
Eileen Bramlet, Director of Communications
Eileen brings more than 20 years of high level technology, communications and event management experience to the Copyright Alliance. She has been a senior vice president with AOL, COO of two DC-based startup firms, and VP of PR and marketing for leading industry associations, including the Software & Information Industry Association. She also served as President of the DC chapter of the American Marketing Association, and was on the board of the Maya Angelou Public Charter Schools for more than a decade.
Her areas of expertise include public relations, video production, digital and social strategy, event management, legislative and regulatory issues communications, and data-driven analytics.
Eileen attended Radford University, earning an M.S. in English, Journalism and French; and a B.A. in Political Science.
Along the way, Eileen has worked across the globe, including Europe, Asia, Australia and Latin America; has been married to her husband since college; and raised two children. When she does manage to find some down time, she enjoys traveling, running, art and reading.
Cecile Remington, Social Media & Coalitions Coordinator
Cecile Remington possesses over 5 years of experience in marketing and social media, including brand management, advertising, event planning, market research and marketing communications. She has worked for companies such as the Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Seattle Association and Ace INA Insurance.
Cecile is an avid fan and user of social media. She enjoys Facebook and Twitter, but her favorite social media medium is instagram because of her love for photography. Cecile's other passions include: film, music, travel, food, perfume and art. One of her favorite French impressionists is Gustave Caillebotte because of his early interest in photography as an art form.
Cecile received a B.A. in French from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from the International University of Monaco in Luxury Goods Marketing (with a concentration in fragrances). During her junior year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she studied abroad in Aix-en-Provence at the Institut d'Etudes Politique.
Originally from Delhi, India, Cecile grew up in Arlington, VA in a Franco-American household.
Leo Lichtman, Senior Legal Fellow
Leo Lichtman is a Legal Fellow with the Copyright Alliance. A life-long musician, Leo attended Vanderbilt University on a music scholarship, completing his B.M. in musical arts and economics before studying law at the University of Miami School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude. Leo’s musical endeavors led him to want to work on legal issues pertaining to the entertainment industry, thereby developing a passion in copyright law.
Leo’s previous experience includes clerking for the U.S. Copyright Office, where he contributed research to the Copyright Small Claims Report, as well as clerking for the intellectual property firms of Feldman Gale and Friedland Vining, and interning for the general counsel of Ultra Music Festival in Miami. In law school, Leo was a member of the Business Law Review, and served as a Vice President of the Entertainment and Sports Law Society, where he helped organize its annual symposium. He additionally received several academic recognitions, including CALI awards and Dean’s Certificates in Legal Research and Communication and International Copyright, a Dean’s Certificate in Constitutional Law I, and induction into the Order of the Coif.
Leo is still an avid musician, playing oboe, guitar, and piano, and loves to attend as many live shows as possible. His musical interests are eclectic and constantly changing, but he has long held John Scofield as one of his favorite guitarists and being in the second row for the Red Hot Chili Peppers his senior year of high school as one of his favorite concerts.
Leo is licensed to practice law in the state of New York.
Sarah Howes, Legal Fellow
Sarah A. Howes is a Legal Fellow with the Copyright Alliance. Prior to joining the team, she was the Legal Programs Manager at Springboard for the Arts in St. Paul, Minn. With 6+ years in nonprofit administration and social justice work, Sarah brings a unique perspective to the copyright policy debate. Much of her research deals with the intersection of the creative economy, employment and labor laws, and copyright law.
Sarah originally trained to be a stage actor and playwright, receiving her B.A. in theater and political science from the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University. She is a proud Associate Member of the Dramatists Guild of America, and hopes to retire an Actors’ Equity Member. Tired of Midsummer restagings and little opportunity for new works, she started a theater company (Cardboard Productions, LLC) with her sister-in-law. She applied her performance training to the BMI Cardozo Moot Court Entertainment and Communications Competition, finishing a Quarterfinalist and the 4th Top Oralist.
In addition, Sarah is a not-so-closest comic book and science fiction enthusiast. While the comic book she made in college (Emo Boy and Masochist Girl) was never picked up for circulation, she did get to spend her 2L summer interning for the Vice President of Legal Affairs at DC Comics in New York.
Sarah graduated with distinction from Mitchell | Hamline School of Law (formerly William Mitchell College of Law), where she served as Editor-in-Chief of Cybaris®, an Intellectual Property Law Review.
Rebecca Jones, Program Assistant & Member Communications and Events Coordinator
Rebecca Jones possesses 5+ years of a wide variety of professional experience, ranging from accounting to customer service, all of which has prepared her to pursue her passion of protecting the intellectual property rights of creators.
Rebecca earned her B.A. in Arts, Entertainment and Media Management from Columbia College Chicago with a concentration in Music Business. Her focus quickly shifted to to entertainment law and music publishing. She merges her legal interests and education with her natural instinct for communication and technology to send a powerful message at every opportunity.
Although she has lived in the DC area for most of her life, Rebecca has made quite a few stops along the way, including time spent living in Chicago and Montana. On a creative level, although obsessed with television, she is a music lover at heart; she loved her mom’s CD collection as a child and knew every word to American Pie by the time she started kindergarten. When she’s not glued to a TV marathon or chasing after her dog, Rebecca can usually be found in the kitchen cooking or baking the day away – another important art form, if you ask her.