Professorial Lecturer in Law
Regan Smith is Senior Vice President & General Counsel at the News/Media Alliance. She is a recognized expert in intellectual property law and policy who has testified before multiple parliamentary bodies and spoken in other government, academic, and industry forums on topics including copyright, artificial intelligence, digital rights management, free expression, algorithmic regulation, music, and collective licensing.
Previously, Ms. Smith served as General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights at the U.S. Copyright Office, where she assumed a broad range of responsibilities as a member of the agency’s senior leadership team. In that role, she oversaw an extensive portfolio of regulatory, litigation, and policy matters, including over 45 regulatory proceedings and several matters before the Supreme Court. Ms. Smith spearheaded the agency’s policy and legal work to update the licensing for musical works under the Music Modernization Act, overhauled the rulemaking regarding anticircumvention of technological measures required by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), and served on the administrative board determining final appeals to denials of registration applications on the thorniest questions of copyrightability. During her tenure, she helped formulate the government's views in every copyright litigation to reach the Supreme Court and multiple circuits.
Immediately prior to News/Media Alliance, Ms. Smith was Head of Public Policy in Spotify’s government affairs group, leading global intellectual property and music policy matters. Earlier in her career, she spent several years in private practice, focusing on intellectual property, media law, First Amendment, advertising, and emerging technology issues, and was previously an executive at an entertainment company that produced feature film and live theatrical properties.
Ms. Smith teaches copyright law at the George Washington University. She is a trustee of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., the Chair of the ABA’s Copyright Legislation committee, and the recipient of many professional accolades, including the Librarian of Congress’s distinguished service award.
Ms. Smith received a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA in philosophy and political science from the University of Michigan.