On June 14, 2022, Casey Chisick, co-chair of the Intellectual Property and Entertainment, Media, and Sports practices at Cassels, began a two-year term as President of the Copyright Society, North America’s premier organization for the advancement of copyright law awareness and education. This is the first time in its almost 70-year history that the Copyright Society—formerly known as the Copyright Society of the USA—has elected a president from outside the United States.
With headquarters in New York City and over 1,000 members in the US, Canada, Mexico, and overseas, the mission of the Copyright Society is to foster interest in and advance the study and understanding of copyright law in literature, music, art, theatre, motion picture, television, computer software, architecture, and other works of authorship, as well as in sound recordings, broadcasts, and performers’ performances, and their distribution through traditional and new media. Members of the Society include lawyers and other professionals from the world’s leading IP firms and businesses, as well as a host of sole practitioners, academics, government representatives, and law students. The Society hosts a number of international events each year and publishes the Journal of the Copyright Society, one of the world’s leading scholarly journals in the area.
Before assuming his current role, Casey served the Society in a number of different offices, including Vice-President, Treasurer, and Trustee. He also co-founded the Society’s International Chapter, which he co-chaired for several years, and oversaw the establishment of new chapters in Toronto and Ottawa.