Please join us for this year’s DCN Legal and Legislative Virtual Event Series. This is an exclusive members-only event series designed for senior policy executives from our member companies to hear from their peers and outside experts on pressing regulatory issues facing publishers.

Tuesday, September 22

What to Expect When You’re Expecting an Antitrust Investigation of the Platforms?

In this session, DCN’s SVP for Government Affairs, Chris Pedigo, will discuss with Seth Bloom the process by which antitrust cases are brought by the Department of Justice and state attorneys general. The discussion will examine the timing, successes and failures of past cases and how the current investigations of the big tech platforms are likely to play out.

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Seth Bloom is the President and Founder of Bloom Strategic Counsel PLLC. Mr. Bloom, the former long time General Counsel of the U.S. Senate Antitrust Subcommittee, is an attorney with extensive governmental and private sector experience in antitrust and competition law.  He possesses substantial experience with the critical regulatory and competition issues facing key industries including health care, telecommunications, media, Internet, tech, transportation and aviation.

Tuesday, September 29

Will Platforms Be Required to Pay Publishers? What We Can Learn from the EU and Australia.

In this session, Dr. Ole Jani will discuss the EU journey to the Publisher’s Right and the current state of play with regard to platforms compensating publishers for content. Georgia-Kate Schubert will discuss how Australia’s competition authority ultimately developed a mandatory code requiring platforms to pay news publishers. The session will close with a guided discussion about whether and/or what changes are needed to the copyright landscape in the US for publishers to be more fairly compensated for original content.

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Dr. Ole Jani, partner at the German law firm CMS, provides copyright and media law advice to clients across the media, technology and communications sector, in particular those offering content via digital platforms and with a focus on new business models. He has a particular expertise in the licensing of rights (both individually and collectively) and with respect to copyright levies. Ole is a very experienced copyright litigator and has represented parties in leading German copyright cases.

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Georgia-Kate Schubert, Head of Policy and Government Affairs, News Corp Australia.  Georgia-Kate has been Head of Policy and Government Affairs for News Corp Australia since 2012.  She is responsible for policy issues and government affairs for News Corp Australia and its assets across Federal and State jurisdictions.

She began her public affairs career as a media adviser and policy adviser for Senator Ian Campbell in the communications and treasury portfolios in the Australian Government. After working in Government Georgia-Kate worked for multinational Vodafone in various public affairs roles, and also in the Australian mining industry in strategy and policy roles.  

In addition to her current role, she leads the Australia’s Right to Know Coalition – representing Australia’s media companies and their representative bodies in the pursuit of press freedom and the public’s right to know.

Tuesday, October 6

How Could the 2020 Elections Impact the Public Policy Landscape?

In this session, senior executives from the McGuireWoods Federal Public Affairs practice will analyze the big issues at stake in the 2020 elections and the potential impact on issues of importance to publishers. How would a Biden Administration tackle tech issues like Section 230, consumer privacy and net neutrality? What would a Biden Administration mean for the FTC, FCC and Department of Justice? While the House of Representatives is likely to remain under Democratic control, the Senate could be in play. What does the agenda of the Senate Commerce Committee and Judiciary Committee look like under Democrat Chairmen versus Republican Chairmen?

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Michael Drobac, Senior Advisor, Emerging Technologies.  Drawing from deep experience in the private and public sector, Michael’s practice straddles the intersection of technology and public policy. He helps clients from the tech and telecommunications sectors develop messaging to define and execute outreach strategies, while advocating before Congress and federal agencies in support of policy objectives.

Michael’s experience working in the private sector — which gave him an understanding of key public policy issues facing the global Internet industry — combined with insights on legislative processes acquired during his years on Capitol Hill, afford him an ability to provide advice informed by both perspectives.  He was recognized by The Hill as one of the top lobbyists of 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, and was named a Government Relations Trailblazer by the National Law Journal in 2019.

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Mona Mohib is a senior vice president in the Federal Public Affairs Group at McGuireWoods Consulting where she advises clients on a variety of issues and maintains many contacts on Capitol Hill. She is also a member of the firm's national practice where she serves as a primary liaison with Democratic state and local elected officials across the country. Mona was recognized by The Hill as one of the top lobbyists of 2018 and 2019.

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Robert Wasinger, Senior Vice President, Federal Public Affairs, McGuideWoods Consulting.  Robert joined McGuireWoods Consulting in February 2017 after serving as director of Senate and Gubernatorial outreach for the Trump for President campaign. In that capacity, he was responsible for War Room - Election Day operations including recruitment and placement of precinct monitors in six states, and monitoring of precinct trends for the state of Pennsylvania.

This is a free series for DCN members.  The unique, members-only attendee list allows for open conversation, information sharing and networking .