Eric J. Schwartz

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Eric J. Schwartz is a partner at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP. He has over 35 years of experience as a copyright attorney providing counseling on U.S. and foreign copyright laws - including rights, licensing, exceptions, ownership and enforcement issues - for motion pictures, recorded sound, music publishing, book publishing, and entertainment and business software. Eric has also spent over 35 years working (pro bono) on film and sound recording preservation activities. In 1996, he helped to found the National Film Preservation Foundation and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board. Since 1988, he has served on the advisory Library of Congress’ National Film Preservation Board and since 2003, the National Recording Preservation Board. As a copyright attorney, Eric has served as production counsel and provided transactional advice for the financing, production and distribution of feature and documentary films. He was chief production counsel and received a producer credit for the Grammy and Emmy-nominated, eight-part documentary series “Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music” which aired on PBS in 2016, and was Executive Produced by Sir George Martin. Eric has also served as an expert witness in numerous copyright cases in the federal courts, and has taught copyright law, international copyright law, and music licensing courses at Georgetown University and at American University, Washington College of Law. Prior to his work in private practice, Eric served as Acting General Counsel of the U.S. Copyright Office (1994), and Senior Legal and Policy Advisor to the Register of Copyrights (1988-1994).

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