The Copyrights were formed in 2002 in Carbondale, Illinois. Before long, the punk scene was "buzzing about these kids from southern Illinois redefining pop punk with fun lyrics, big hooks, and infectious choruses that you couldn't help but sing along with."
The band has toured with the likes of Kepi Ghoulie, Masked Intruder, The Falcon and Teenage Bottlerocket. In 2012, the band played the premier Belgium rock festival, Groezrock. Over the years, The Copyrights have had headlining slots at festivals like Baltimore's Insubordination Fest, Bergamo, Italy's Punk Rock Raduno and Gainesville's The Fest.
The band named their slice “The Charlie Birger” after the Russian Jewish imigrant bootleger that became famous during prohibition running his operation in southern Illinois. He battled the Ku Klux Klan of Harrisburg County and ran them out of town in 1926 after various violent encounters and eventually was sentenced to hang in 1928 where he wore a black hood so as not to be mistaken as a Ku Klux Klan. His final words before shaking the hand of his executioner were "It's a beautiful world."
They are donating 10% of their sales to NAMI of the Greater Mississippi Valley which helps families and individuals dealing with mental health disorders.