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  • Communications
  • Cable & Broadband
  • Technology, Communications & Media
  • Satellite Communications
  • Intellectual Property
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University University of Virginia, B.A., magna cum laude
Law SchoolColumbia University, J.D.
Admitted1978, District of Columbia

Professional & Community Involvement
•Member, Federal Communications Bar Association
•Past Co-chair, Cable Practice Committee, Federal Communications Bar Association
•Past Co-chair, Intellectual Property Committee, Federal Communications Bar Association

BornWashington, D.C., February 17, 1953

Experienced in both copyright and communications law and in the intersection of the two, Seth has played an active role for more than 30 years in the legislative and regulatory matters affecting the communications industry. In addition to being a written and oral advocate for clients before various federal, state, and local government agencies in rulemaking and adjudicatory proceedings affecting cable television and satellite companies, he has played an instrumental role in the drafting of a wide range of legislative proposals of interest to the cable and satellite industries, including the 1992 Cable Act, the 1996 Telecommunications Act, the DMCA, and the reauthorizations of Satellite Home Viewer Act.

Seth also has written briefs in appellate litigation before both the US Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court. Seth is a frequent speaker at cable industry and bar association events.

Before joining Mintz Levin, Seth was a partner in the communications practice of another international law firm. Prior to this, he served his communications clients' interests first as a lawyer in private practice and later as Associate General Counsel and then Legislative Counsel to the National Cable and Telecommunications Association. During law school, Seth was a Stone Scholar and an editor of the Columbia Law Review.

•Featured in Mintz Levin Adds More from Edwards Wildman, Bingham McCutchen, The American Lawyer (01.08.2015)
•Mintz Levin Enhances Nationally Recognized Communications Practice, (12.01.2014)


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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

701 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
WashingtonDC 20004-2608


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