Steven J. Metalitz


IIPA Responsibilities

  • Copyright protection in the digital and electronic commerce environments, including ratification and implementation of the WIPO Internet treaties, in several countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Professional Experience

  • Mr. Metalitz is also a partner at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP.  He specializes in intellectual property, privacy, e-commerce and information law and policy advocacy.
  • Former counsel to the Creative Incentive Coalition where he was instrumental in drafting the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1988.
  • Founder of and Counsel to the Coalition for Online Accountability (COA) since its inception in 1999.
  • Former six-term President of the Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC) for the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
  • Vice President and General Counsel of the Information Industry Association (1989-1997) directing the trade association's government relations program and developing and advocating its policy positions in copyright, telecommunications, privacy, government information policy, and other areas.
  • Held several senior staff positions with the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee (1982-1989) including Chief Nominations Counsel, Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks.
  • Served as Legislative Director to Sen. Charles McC. Mathias, Jr. (R-MD).
  • Taught Copyright Law as Professorial Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC.
  • Published widely on copyright topics, particularly in relation to the Internet.


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1977
  • University of Chicago, B.A., 1972, Phi Beta Kappa
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