Marybeth Peters

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Marybeth Peters
Marybeth peters.jpg
Official portrait of Peters from U.S. Copyright Office
11th Register of Copyrights
In office
7 August 1994 – 31 December 2010
Preceded byBarbara Ringer
Succeeded byMaria A. Pallante
Personal details
Born (1939-06-12) June 12, 1939 (age 79)
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Alma materGeorge Washington University Law School (J.D.), Rhode Island College

Marybeth Peters (born June 12, 1939 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island[1]) is an American attorney who served as the 11th United States Register of Copyrights from August 7, 1994 to December 31, 2010. Prior to serving as register, Peters held the positions of Policy Planning Adviser to the Register, Acting General Counsel of the Copyright Office and as chief of both the Examining Division and the Information and Reference Divisions. In addition to over 40 years of service to the Copyright Office, Peters served as a consultant on copyright law to the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, Switzerland (1989–1990). She obtained her B.S. degree from Rhode Island College in 1961[1] and her J.D., with honors, from The George Washington University Law School in 1971.[1]

Peters retired on December 31, 2010.[2] She was succeeded by Maria Pallante, previously senior adviser to the Librarian of Congress.[3] As of 2017 she is an Intellectual Property Advisor with the law firm Muncy, Geissler, Olds & Lowe.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Marybeth Peters", The Complete Marquis Who's Who, Gale Biography In Context |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  2. ^ "Register of Copyrights Announces Intention to Retire". U.S. Copyright Office NewsNet. United States Copyright Office. 2010-09-13. Retrieved 2010-09-13.
  3. ^ "Maria Pallante Appointed 12th Register of Copyrights". News from the Library of Congress. Library of Congress. 2011-06-01. Retrieved 2011-06-01.
  4. ^ "Marybeth Peters, 5 others leave Oblon to Join Muncy, Geissler". IP Watchdog. January 20, 2016. Retrieved April 11, 2017.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Barbara Ringer
as Acting Register of Copyrights
Register of Copyrights
1994 – 2010
Succeeded by
Maria Pallante