Telecommunications & Electronic Media Practice Group Podcast
In this teleforum, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai talked about the FCC’s proposed rulemaking to transform the pay television industry and competition for the television set-top boxes sitting in millions of homes across the country. The proposed rule seeks to unbundle the sale of programming from the sale of set-top boxes. The FCC wants third party technology companies to “build devices or software solutions that can navigate the universe of multichannel video programming with a competitive user interface.” The proposal has sparked tremendous debate among pay-television providers, technology companies, state and federal lawmakers, the Administration, and others. Advocates for the proposal think it could spur competition and unlock value for consumers with better and cheaper solutions for accessing video programming. Others believe the Commission’s proposal interferes with free market forces, creates more problems than it solves, and could compromise consumer privacy.
What is the FCC’s proposal? What are the implications for consumer privacy, advertising, and free market competition? Is a compromise possible? Commissioner Pai will explore these and other issues in this important teleforum, explain his dissent to the proposal, and offer us his vision for moving forward.
Short video featuring Adam Mossoff
- Hon. Ajit V. Pai, Federal Communications Commission
- Interviewer: Alexander P. Okuliar, Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Adam Mossoff June 15, 2016
Adam Mossoff, Professor of Law at the Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, gives a brief overview of the United States' intellectual property system. He discusses the United States' innovative manner of treating patents and trademarks as property rights. He also explains how the United States has influenced many modern countries' approaches. Short video featuring Paul Rosenzweig
Paul Rosenzweig, Professorial Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University, explains the core issues in Apple's recent legal battle with the FBI. Short video featuring Gregory S. McNeal
Gregory S. McNeal, Associate Professor of Law and Public Policy at Pepperdine School of Law, discusses the FAA’s approach to regulating the tiniest of drones: microdrones. Fourth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
As Congress debates controversial patent legislation that some say will undermine patent rights, has the U.S. Supreme Court been steadily eroding the scope and enforceability of patents for the past decade? The Supreme Court has made it easier to invalidate patents because an invention is “obvious,” not specific enough, or an “abstract idea.” The Court has also made it more difficult for patent owners to stop or “enjoin” ongoing infringement of their rights and riskier to assert their rights in court. Is the Supreme Court striking the right balance or is it undermining an important property right?
This panel was presented during the Fourth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference on May 17, 2016, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.
- Prof. John F. Duffy, Samuel H. McCoy II Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
- Mr. Michael R. Huston, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
- Prof. Adam Mossoff, Professor of Law and Co-Director of Academic Programs and Senior Scholar, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
- Mr. Jeff Wall, Sullivan & Cromwell
- Moderator: Hon. Randall R. Rader, The George Washington University
The Mayflower Hotel