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, VP, Legal Policy and Copyright Counsel
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, VP, 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.
Sarah Howes, Director of Legal Policy
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, Manager, Operations
Prior to joining the Alliance, Rebecca Jones 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. 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.