Seth Davidson counsels clients on legislative and regulatory issues of interest to the cable, satellite, broadcast, and Internet industries. His areas of emphasis include both communications and copyright law, and he frequently handles matters arising before the Federal Communications Commission and the Copyright Office as well as Congress.
Seth has played an active role, including drafting legislation and witness testimony, in most legislative matters affecting the communications industry over the past three decades, including the 1984 and 1992 Cable Acts, the Digital Performance Right in Sound Recordings Act of 1995, the 1996 Telecommunications Act, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and the Satellite Home Viewer Act of 1989 and each of its subsequent renewals. In 2004, he was singled out by the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee for his contributions in the drafting of the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act. In 2010, Seth testified before the New York City Council on the issue of broadcast signal retransmission consent rights.
Seth also has participated in the drafting of comments and presentation of clients’ positions on most of the rulemaking proceedings before the FCC and Copyright Office affecting cable television and satellite companies since the 1980s, including rulemakings relating to broadcast signal carriage, equipment compatibility, rate regulation and access to programming. Seth also played a key role in the successful effort to convince the Office of Management and Budget to block the implementation of “leased access” rules in 2008.
Seth has drafted briefs in appellate litigation before both the United States Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Seth also has successfully defended cable operators in FCC complaint proceedings involving rate, signal carriage, and programming related issues.