Steve Metalitz

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Steve Metalitz is the Senior Vice President of the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA),[1] a coalition of U.S. trade associations that represents over 1,900 companies producing and distributing materials protected by copyright laws throughout the world. At IIPA he focuses protecting the copyright in electronic and print media and execution of the WIPO Internet laws. He has been counsel to IIPA since 1994.[2]

Steve is counsel to the Coalition for Online Accountability (COA). COA, and its predecessor organization, the Copyright Coalition on Domain Names (CCDN), has played an active role within ICANN since 1999.

Metalitz is a partner at the Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp law firm. He specializes in intellectual property, privacy and e-commerce sectors. He is a member of the District of Columbia and South Carolina bars.[3]


He has degrees from the University of Chicago (A.B. with honors) and Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.).[4]

Career History

Steve has worked as counsel for the Creative Incentive Coalition, and had a significant role in the development of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998. Since its inception in 1999, he has also served as counsel to the Copyright Coalition on Domain Names.[5] He has represented virtually all copyright industry groups in each of the four Copyright Office rulemaking proceedings held pursuant to the DMCA since 2000.[6]

Metalitz has served six terms as a President of the Intellectual Property Constituency of ICANN's GNSO. [7]

He has been the General Counsel of the IIA and has held staff positions in the U.S Senate. As an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School and also abroad, Steve has lectured on copyright law and e-commerce.[8]