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ACUTA Webinar: What You Need to Know about Universal Service & Royalty Payments Due

Tuesday, December 11, 2012, from 1:30 – 3:00 pm Eastern Standard Time

This webinar focuses on two areas of communications regulation that affect colleges and universities:  The FCC's universal service rules and copyright royalties for webcasts.

FCC’s new universal service rules will have important implications for ACUTA members who should know how these rules will affect them so that they can navigate the new regulatory environment.  This webinar will focus on:

  • The FCC’s progress for implementing the universal service rules;
  • The requirements under the rules;
  • The pending appeals of the FCC's rules.


Copyright royalties can be a significant cost of webcasting, and there are serious consequences if webcasters do not understand how the royalty system works.  This webinar will focus on:

  • Revised webcasting royalty rates for 2010-2015;
  • Who receives these royalties;
  • Who must pay under the revised rates;
  • Specific issues that will be of concern to colleges and universities.



J.G. Harrington (Partner - Dow Lohnes, PLLC) counsels the law firm's telephone, mobile communications, cable television, broadband and new technologies clients on federal and state regulatory issues and works with other clients to address issues that arise in their interactions with service providers and regulators.

Margaret Miller (Partner – Dow Lohnes, PLLC) practices in the area of communications law with a special emphasis on public broadcasting and related educational telecommunications matters. Ms. Miller represents non-profit organizations, universities, colleges and educators. Ms. Miller has substantial expertise in federal regulatory matters concerning broadcasting, instructional television (ITFS), microwave networks and satellite/earth station transmissions. Ms. Miller participated in the Department of Justice Honors Program, Immigration and Naturalization Service, in summer 1989. Ms. Miller has participated on legal panels and seminars relating to public broadcasting and federal grants for public telecommunications.

Kristin Leavy (Counsel - Dow Lohnes, PLLC) counsels clients in the cable, television, radio, newspaper, new media and sports-related industries on a wide range of intellectual property matters, particularly in connection with mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other business transactions. Ms. Leavy’s practice includes drafting and negotiating content licensing and sponsorship agreements, counseling clients on issues related to copyright, right of publicity, webcasting and related matters, and assisting clients in clearing rights to content, programming and music for their publications, websites, and other media products. She also regularly counsels clients on the availability and registration of trademarks and service marks, prosecutes applications for registration of trademarks and service marks through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and represents clients in adversary proceedings before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) involving the rights to domain names.

What You Need to Participate:

  • A computer with a standard browser
  • Computer speakers or a phone line (for the audio portion of the webinar)
  • Your unique GoToWebinar access link – Each participant will also be required to ‘register’ with GoToWebinar in order to participate in this webinar. You will receive a registration confirmation from ACUTA via e-mail that will include detailed instructions on how to register with GoToWebinar and obtain your unique access link.


The webinar technology integrates the presenter’s slides on the Web with a computer-based or phone-based audio seminar. Webinar slides will be available on the ACUTA website prior to the webinar. The presenter will take your questions via the Web. 

For more details about system requirements, go to



ACUTA members:            $89

Nonmembers:                  $129

Payment of your registration fee authorizes one Internet connection and one audio connection via phone or Internet.  As a special offer to nonmembers, if you participate in this webinar and then purchase an ACUTA membership within 90 days, $40 will be credited to your initial membership dues.


You may also order video streaming of an archived version of the webinar:

ACUTA members or nonmember:            $89


We encourage you to share this educational opportunity with anyone at your university or company who is interested in learning more about the FCC's universal service rules and copyright royalties for webcasts.


Please register with ACUTA no later than Friday, December 7.


For More Information:

Please direct questions regarding content to Michele West, ACUTA Director of Professional Development,, or phone 859/278-3338.
Questions regarding registration should be directed to Joanie Profitt, Registration and Database Coordinator,, or phone 859/278-3338.





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