D. Nilsson is a partner with
the law firm of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP. He advises and
represents media and communications companies before the Federal Communications
Commission, the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Copyright Office, foreign regulators,
and international regulatory bodies. He
also advises a range of innovative smaller organizations—especially nonprofits
and startups—on commercial negotiations and a wide range of other legal issues.
Video Programming. Mr. Nilsson has particular expertise on legal
issues associated with video programming.
- He has
represented the largest U.S. satellite television provider in connection
with three renewals of copyright and communications legislation governing
satellite television. In doing so,
he negotiated successfully with the broadcast television industry and the
largest copyright owners. He has twice provided expert testimony on
behalf of this satellite provider before the U.S. Copyright Office.
- He routinely
represents pay-TV providers in negotiations for the rights to transmit
video programming. He often advises
these clients on the legal implications of proposed new distribution
- He has
represented clients before the FCC in many of the largest media mergers in
recent years, as well as in the full range of rulemakings affecting the
- He has
represented foreign cable operators in multi-jurisdictional mergers and
copyright disputes, and has represented pay-TV providers in anti-piracy
matters before the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the State
Department, and the Department of Commerce.
Communications Licensing and
Regulation. Mr. Nilsson
advises satellite, cable, wireline, and wireless communications companies with
respect to the licensing, deployment, and regulation of their services. He represents these companies in the full
range of FCC rulemakings and ongoing compliance efforts.
Negotiations and Business Law Counseling for Nonprofits and Startups.
Mr. Nilsson also advises and represents smaller organizations,
especially nonprofits and startups, on a broad range of issues. For example, he has acted as longtime outside
counsel to an arts education center; assisted a large international nonprofit in
the negotiation of favorable licensing terms and advised on the composition of its
Board of Directors;represented
for-profit startups in commercial negotiations; and counseled a London-based
consumer products start-up to launch its North American operations.
From 2001 to 2002, Mr. Nilsson served as
Legislative Assistant and Counsel, and principal telecommunications and
technology adviser, to Senator John D. Rockefeller IV of West Virginia.
He advised the Senator on issues such as broadband deployment, universal
service, spectrum auctions, satellite mergers, Internet privacy, digital
copyright, and homeland security.
Mr. Nilsson has co-chaired the Federal Communications Bar Association’s
Intellectual Property, Legislation, and Video Programming and Distribution
Mr. Nilsson has engaged in a number of pro bono representations, including
serving as outside counsel to the French Bulldog Rescue Network. He
served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Sitar Arts Center, a
nonprofit arts education center, where he also teaches saxophone.