Broadcast, Media and Communications Law

Luvaas Cobb represents radio and television stations throughout the United States, assisting clients with various license applications, regulatory approvals and numerous rule-making proceedings before the Federal Communications Commission.

The firm also serves as general counsel to the Oregon Association of Broadcasters, and is active in representing their interests before the state legislature. Our client base extends from single-station licensees to large market group owners, as well as non-commercial and religious broadcasters.

Transactional Work: Contract negotiations, drafting of commercial broadcast transaction documents, rendering opinions in connection with broadcast station sales, various transfers and preparation of FCC assignment applications and financing of broadcast clients.

Regulatory and Legislative Proceedings: Participation in regulatory and legislative proceedings and responding to Federal Communications Commission inquiries, investigations and enforcement actions.

Ownership and Compliance Standards: Advice on Federal Communications Commission rules governing media ownership and technical compliance standards.

Federal Communications Commission Proceedings: Representation of clients in broadcast auction for new stations and in various rule-making proceedings before the Federal Communications Commission.

First Amendment and Defamation: Advice on First Amendment issues and defamation matters, including newspaper representation on related issues involving public document access.

Intellectual Property: Counseling on copyright, trademark and related intellectual property matters. Our attorneys can advise broadcast clients on the process of clearing rights for use of audio or video productions including whether such use constitutes “fair use” under the United States Copyright Act.