Law Seminars International Presents

A Two-Day Conference on Business Models, Regulatory Issues, & Content Acquisition for

Internet-Enabled Television

IPTV and Other Ways of Delivering TV Content in the Internet Age

December 14 & 15, 2006
Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, WA
Register      Download PDF Brochure

Who Should Attend

Lawyers, telecommunications, cable and Internet executives, government regulators, and large telecommunications users

Why Attend

This seminar provides the first national comprehensive analysis of Internet television. "The breathtaking evolution of Internet television has produced an array of legal and business issues. Competing technologies vie for market dominance. Even the traditional structure of the television market is under scrutiny as franchising gives way to cable service providers. Day One focuses on technology, business models and regulatory issues. Our outstanding faculty provides an overview of business models and associated legal issues, necessary network facilities, and markets. The afternoon examines the future of franchising. Capping the day is a debate over net neutrality and implications for business planners. Day Two is dedicated to content access, acquisition and protection. Our expert faculty examines legislative and regulatory issues pertaining to program access from multiple perspectives. Discussion turns to optimizing the selection of services and content providers and the creation of a content deal. The program concludes with the resolution of issues arising during negotiations between service providers and content owners.

What You Will Learn

~ Internet enabled television business models ~ Legal issues pertaining to business models for content use ~ The future of local franchising for non-broadcast television services ~ Legislative and regulatory issues affecting program access ~ The debate over net neutrality ~ The fit between services and content owners, distributors and aggregators ~ Anatomy of a content deal

What Attendees Have Said About Similar Programs

~ Your seminars are really great. They're about the only ones I go to. Materials are good. Speakers are always good. ~ I rated "excellent" because a GOOD CLE is hard to find - overall, very useful. ~ Very good quality speakers, well planned, good materials, on schedule ~ And thanks again for hosting such a great conference. This was great this year. I made great contacts. I heard kudos about LSI from several of the presenters and attendees. ~ An excellent seminar overall. I was impressed by the uniformly high quality of the speakers, a feat rarely achieved.


Thursday, December 14, 2006

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Day One Overview: Technologies, Business Models and Regulatory Issues
  William B. Wilhelm, Jr., Esq., Program Co-Chair
Bingham McCutchen LLP / Washington, DC
  Jeffrey G. Holifield, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Microsoft Corporation / Mountain View, CA
8:45 am Demonstration of New Technological Capabilities That Create New Regulatory and Content Distribution and Protection Issues
  Beyond traditional television: alternative methods to inject and use content
  Ron Pessner, General Manager, Ehome Partner Team
Microsoft Corporation / ^Location,
9:15 am Update on the New Business Models, the Network Facilities Necessary for Acceptable Video Quality; and Markets with Adequate Facilities
  Overview of the range of service models and what facilities they require
  Matthew Dinsmore, VP, Strategy
  How the financial markets view the various business models
  Rebecca Arbogast, Esq., Analyst
Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc. / Washington, DC
10:30 am Break
10:45 am How the Legal Issues Differ with the Business Model
  Traditional content aggregation: an emphasis on network reliability and content usability issues for the types of services offered by Comcast and AT&T, and the service Microsoft is developing
  Christy Kunin, Esq., Director, Policy and Regulatory Affairs
Microsoft Corporation / Redmond, WA
  New "Net TV" services: a different bucket of issues for user-generated content such as the service Google recently announced and Yahoo has in the works
  Andrew Feinberg, Esq., VP Corporate Development, Business Affairs and General Counsel
Brightcove, Inc. / Cambridge, MA
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm The Future of Local Franchising as the Primary Approach for Non-Broadcast Television Services
  Overview of cases, agency activity, and legislation on the federal, state and local levels: Will there be State or Federal preemption? If so, will there be an equivalent to the local franchise fees paid by cable service providers?
  Tara M. Corvo, Esq.
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo P.C. / Washington, DC
  State regulatory concerns
  The Hon. Philip Jones, Commissioner
Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission / Olympia, WA
  Local regulatory and financial concerns
  Nicholas P. Miller, Esq.
Miller & Van Eaton, PLLC / Washington, DC
3:30 pm Break
3:45 pm Program Access: Legislative and Regulatory Issues Regarding the Ability of Companies to Obtain Access to Third Party Programming
  Legal theories for requiring, or allowing companies to deny access and update on judicial and agency proceedings
  Martin L. Stern, Esq.
Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds LLP / Washington, DC
  New entrant perspective
  David L. Lawson, Esq.
Sidley Austin LLP / Washington, DC
  Incumbent perspective
  John D. Seiver, Esq.
Cole, Raywid & Braverman LLP / Washington, DC
5:30 pm Reception for Faculty and Attendees
  Sponsored by Bingham McCutchen LLP and Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Friday, December 15, 2006

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Day Two Overview: Content Access, Acquisition and Protection
  William B. Wilhelm, Jr., Esq., Program Co-chair
Bingham McCutchen LLP / Washington, DC
  Jeffrey G. Holifield, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Microsoft Corporation / Mountain View, CA
8:45 am The Debate Over Net Neutrality: Who is Arguing for What? What is Likely to Happen? What are the Implications for Business Planners?
  Carrier (telecommunications/cable facility owner) perspective
  Bruce R. Byrd, Esq., VP & GC - Washington
AT&T, Inc. / Washington, DC
  ISP perspective
  William B. Wilhelm, Jr., Esq.
Bingham McCutchen LLP / Washington, DC
  New entrant perspective
  Charles Cosson, Esq., Policy Counsel
Microsoft Corporation / Redmond, WA
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Picking the Right Dance Partner: Finding the Best Fit Between Various Services and Content Owners, Distributors and Aggregators
  Who owns content and when does it make sense to work directly with the owner?
  Kraig L. Marini Baker, Esq.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP / Seattle, WA
  Content distributors and aggregators: what is their role and when does it make sense to work with them?
  Joleen Winther Hughes, Esq.
MediaTech Law Group LLC / Seattle, WA
12:15 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm The Anatomy of a Content Deal
  What are common provisions for a cable-style affiliate agreement and why are they there?
  Daniel M. Waggoner, Esq.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP / Seattle, WA
  What additional deal terms are recommended for Internet-enabled services?
  Daniel Sheeran, Esq., Sr. VP, Music and Video
RealNetworks, Inc / Seattle, WA
3:00 pm Evaluations and Adjourn


Regular tuition for this program is $995 with a group rate of $895 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $795. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $497.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.

Cancellation & Substitution

You may substitute another person at any time. We will refund tuition, less a $50 cancellation fee, if we receive your cancellation by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 8, 2006. After that time, we will credit your tuition toward attendance at another program or the purchase of a homestudy. There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders.

Continuing Education Credits

This program qualifies for 11.75 WA CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


The conference will be held at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center at 800 Convention Place in Seattle, Washington 98101. Sleeping accomodations are available by contacting the Seattle Renaissance Hotel at (206) 583-0300--ask for the Law Seminars International rate of $159 (promo code: L64)--or the Citywide Concierge Center at (206) 461-5888, located at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center.
More about the Location
Map & Directions

If You Cannot Attend

Our complete Homestudy Course, consisting of a VHS or DVD recording and the written course materials, is available for $1,005. The written course materials alone are available for $100. We will ship your homestudy order via UPS ground within two weeks after the seminar or the date we receive payment (whichever is later).
Order Homestudy

Faculty Bios

Jeffrey G. Holifield, Program Co-Chair, Senior Attorney with Microsoft Corporation, is responsible for issues relating to the Media Center Edition functionality of Windows and for partner engagements involving Windows Media DRM. He previously worked at Sun Microsystems and Sony Electronics.

William B. Wilhelm, Jr., Program Co-Chair, partner with Bingham McCutchen LLP, advises technology companies on policy, state and federal regulation and commercial transactions and disputes related to the development and deployment of new communications applications, voice and video services, digital media, and broadband wireless and wireline networks.
Full bio and contact info for William B. Wilhelm Jr. at Bingham McCutchen LLP

Rebecca Arbogast, VP, Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc., focuses on legal and regulatory issues affecting communications industries, including spectrum, intellectual property, and antitrust cases. She was formerly Chief of the International Bureau Telecommunications Division of the FCC.

Kraig L. Marini Baker, partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, drafts and negotiates agreements for video game development, publishing and consulting, music recording, talent agreements, live events, television, film, theatre, and event production contracts.

Bruce R. Byrd, VP and GC - Washington for AT&T, Inc., is the chief legal advisor to AT&T's federal lobbyists and is a principal strategist in connection with the company's IP and video initiatives. Previously he was SBC's Senior Counsel for Regulatory and Legislative Affairs in Michigan.

Tara M. Corvo, a member with Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo P.C., focuses on cable and telecommunications. She counsels clients on emerging broadband-related regulatory and legislative matters, including network access, net neutrality and VoIP.

Charles Cosson is Policy Counsel at Microsoft Corporation.

Matthew Dinsmore, VP at CSMG ADVENTIS, has a background in the telecommunications, technology and energy industries with a blend of strategic consulting and operational experience. He is experienced in business case development, economic valuation and new technology evaluation.

Andrew Feinberg, VP Corporate Development, Business Affairs and General Counsel for Brightcove, Inc., focuses on strategic relationships, corporate development, and all their legal matters.

Joleen Winther Hughes is one of the founding partners of MediaTech Law Group LLC where she provides a wide range of strategic legal and business development counsel to major players in the digital media field. She has negotiated cutting-edge agreements with internationally recognized entities in the broadcast, music, news, sports, telecommunications, video game, and other industries.

The Hon. Philip Jones was appointed to the Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission in 2005. Previously, he was founder and president of Jones & Company, a government affairs consultancy.

Christy Kunin is the Director for Policy and Regulatory Affairs with Microsoft Corporation.

David L. Lawson, co-chair of the Communications Practice group with Sidley Austin LLP, represents AT&T, Inc. and other communications clients in competition-related matters involving state and federal regulation, mergers and acquisitions, constitutional, appellate and complex federal court litigation.

Nicholas P. Miller, founding partner of Miller & Van Eaton, PLLC, focuses on the law and policy governing cable television and telephone regulation. He represents national local government associations in cable television and telecommunications matters and has worked with international multi-lateral agencies engaged in telecommunications policy advice to developing countries.

Ron Pessner is General Manager of the Ehome Partner Team at Microsoft Corporation.

John D. Seiver, partner with Cole, Raywid & Braverman LLP, has extensive experience representing the interests of franchised cable television companies, related affiliates, state and national cable associations, and regional and national program networks in proceedings before state and federal courts.

Daniel Sheeran, Sr. VP, Music and Video, specializes in consumer service for RealNetworks, Inc., and advises within the industry on worldwide marketing and product management, including the vending of digital video systems to the cable and telecommunications industry.

Martin L. Stern, partner with Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds LLP, provides strategic and policy advice to telecommunications, information technology and media firms worldwide. He is chair of the firm's global telecom and media group and assists telecom and broadband providers on all aspects of network build-out and operations.

Daniel M. Waggoner, partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, serves as Co-chair of the Communications, Media and Information Technology Department. He has extensive experience with antitrust, media, intellectual property, internet and commerce, and telecommunications.