Seth A. Davidson: Lawyer with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

Seth A. Davidson

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Business Law
  • Public Policy & Government Relations
  • Technology
  • Media & Telecommunications
  • Compliance for Risk Management
  • Cable
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications
  • Broadcasting
  • Wireless & Satellite
  • Cloud Computing & Managed IT Services
  • Government and Public Sector
University University of Virginia, B.A., 1975
Law SchoolColumbia University, J.D., 1978
AdmittedDistrict of Columbia; U.S. District Court; U.S. Supreme Court


Federal Communications Bar Association

BornWashington, D.C., February 17, 1953

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.

Before Edwards Wildman

Seth served as Associate General Counsel and then Legislative Counsel to the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, before joining Fleischman and Harding LLP.

Besides Edwards Wildman

Seth and his wife (a former communications attorney turned marine conservation advocate) are avid scuba divers when not enjoying the camaraderie of their Northern Virginia lakeside community or attending Washington Nationals games. Seth also is a past and present supporter of the activities of the Federal Communications Bar Association and its related charitable foundation.






Wireless & Satellite

Cloud Computing & Managed IT Services

Public Policy & Government Relations


Federal Communications Bar Association


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Southern District of New York Holds That Aereo is Not Eligible for the Cable Compulsory License; Grants Preliminary Injunction
Seth A. Davidson,Arthur H. Harding,Glenn G. Pudelka, November 21, 2014
In the latest, but not unexpected, development in the ongoing Aereo saga, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York has rejected Aereo’s contention that it is a “cable system” eligible for the Copyright Act’s cable compulsory license and has...

Senate Commerce Committee Releases Revised Draft of Legislation Extending STELA and Making Other Changes to the Communications Act
Seth A. Davidson,Arthur H. Harding, September 18, 2014
Senators Rockefeller (D-WV) and Thune (R-SD), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, have released a revised version of S. 2799, the “Satellite Television Access and Viewer Rights Act” (STAVRA). The full committee is scheduled to...

U.S. Supreme Court Reverses Second Circuit; Finds Aereo is Engaging in Unlicensed Public Performances of Broadcast Programs
Seth A. Davidson,Arthur H. Harding,Ari Z. Moskowitz, July 1, 2014
In a much-anticipated ruling, on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, the United States Supreme Court, by a 6-3 margin, overturned the decision of the Second Circuit in ABC et. al v. Aereo. The majority opinion, written by Justice Breyer, held that the transmissions of broadcast programming made to...

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Seth A. Davidson

1875 Eye Street, NW
WashingtonDC 20006


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