Art Neill

Job Title: 

Founder / Executive Director

Joined NMR in: 

October 2005

Art is the founder of New Media Rights, and practices public interest law in the areas of internet, intellectual property, and communications law. 

Art is also an adjunct professor of law at California Western School of Law teaching the course Internet & Social Media Law (primarily focused on Internet, Intellectual Property, licensing, and online publishing law).

In 2011 and 2013, Art was appointed as a member of the Federal Communication Commission's Consumer Advisory Committee.

Publications:

Proposed Copyright Small Claims Court May Have A Bigger Impact Than The DMCA - November 2012 Techdirt Feature

"Suing John Doe: A new wave of filesharing lawsuits" Fall 2011 Journal of Internet Law (Aspen Publishers)

"Social Media and the Law: Here Comes Everybody!"  2010 May CEB Business Law Quarterly (A publication of the University of California and the State Bar of California)

Selected Interviews:

Talks

  • March 2014 - SXSW Interactive 2014, Austin, TX - Stand Up To Content Bullies, Know Your Copy Rights
  • February 2014-Califorina Lawyers for the Arts & New Media Rights- Artist-Gallery Agreements and Copyright Law
  • December 2013-San Diego Mini Maker Faire - Copyright & Trademark Issues Of Digital Fabrication
  • December 2013- San Diego Central Library & FAB LAB San Diego - Panel Discussion: Copyright and IP Issues Related to 3D Printing 
  • November 2013  - California State Bar IP Insitute, Berkeley, CA - Copyrights or Copywrongs: Is the Current System of Enforcement Working?
  • October 2013 - North County IP Section, Carlsbad, CA. Why did my content disappear? How the DMCA takedown process affects websites, users, and plaintiffs.
  • September 2013 Basics of Copyright, how Creative Commons licenses work, and video releases - San Diego City College Documentary Film class
  • May 2013 - 2013 Alliance for Community Media Conference Panel, San Francisco, CA -Free Speech vs. Copyright: An Intersection or a Collision?
  • May 2013 - Film Consortium San Diego Workshop - "Law 101 for video creators: How can I use music and video from others in my video?"
  • April 2013 - American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Transactional Clinical Conference, Austin, TX - Panelist for "Creating Lawyers as Problem-Solvers, Appreciating the Risks and Benefits, Clinical Examples of Non-Traditional Transactional Clinic Matters"
  • March 2013 - National Alliance for Media Arts & Culture (NAMAC) and DailyDot Live Google Hangout "Interacting with the Digital Millenium Copyright Act"
  • January 2013- New Media Expo 2013: Legal Ease: "What you should know to stay on the right side of the law"
  • November 2012- Testimony before US Copyright Office in Small Claims Copyright court hearings.
  • October 2012 Basics of Copyright, how Creative Commons licenses work, and video releases - San Diego City College Documentary Film class
  • June 2012 - Panelist for "The Ins and Outs of Copyrights / Avoiding Copyright Infringement" at Vidcon 2012, Anaheim, California.
  • May 2012 - Testimony before US Copyright Office in DMCA section 1201 exemption hearings.
  • October 2011 Panelist at Media Law in the Digital Age conference co-produced by Citizen Media Law Project at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Kennesaw State's Center for Sustainable Journalism for session "Apps and Wireless: New Platforms for Online Content Providers and Journalists"
  • October 2011 Basics of copyright and how Creative Commons licenses work - San Diego City College
  • August 2011 Creative Commons for Low Power & Internet Radio stations at the Media Arts Center San Diego with Activist San Diego, Prometheus Radio, and the World Beat Center
  • April 2011 Panelist at National Conference for Media Reform for Session on Copyright and Intellectual Property Law
  • March 2011 The Business of Social Media Law
  • February 2011 Drumbeat San Diego - "Basics of Copyright & How Creative Commons Licenses Work"
  • May 2010 Media Arts Center filmmaker meetup: "How Creative Commons licenses work"
  • March 2010 LA Media Reform Conference at Occidental College: "How the Law empowers citizen media: Fair Use and Creative Commons licenses"
  • August 2009 Media Arts Center filmmaker meetup: "The Legal Aspects of Documentary Filmmaking & Online Video" (Emphasis on the Fair Use doctrine, Creative Commons licensing, and releases.
  • June 2009 San Diego County Bar Entertainment and Sports Law Society meeting: "Social Media & the Law"
  • Spring 2009 California Western School of Law Entertainment & Sports Law Symposium: "Social Media & the Law"

New Media Rights provides legal resources, and assistance regarding intellectual property, licensing, and other legal issues that arise with new technologies and media.

With a focus on citizen creators and nonprofits, Art has provided legal advice regarding limiting the potential liability of interactive websites which utilize extensive user generated or aggregated content, the use of Creative Commons licenses, and proprietary and open source software licenses. 

Art has made numerous appearances in the local, national, and international media regarding consumer communications, technology, and intellectual property related legal issues.

Art is a tech geek at heart, and has participated in open source projects such as the content management system Drupal, as well as designing databases and heavily trafficked user-generated content driven websites. Mr. Neill is also a musician, and plays the trumpet, guitar, piano, and sings.

Additional Biography and Interviews

  • Member of the California Bar (admitted 2006)
  • Member of the San Diego County Bar Association

Additional interviews:

    Academic Background

    Graduate of The College of William & Mary (B.A. Government, minor eqv. Economics) and the University of San Diego School of Law (focus on public interest and intellectual property law)

    Contributing author to the California Regulatory Law Reporter regarding the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Dental Board.

    Awarded the University of San Diego School of Law Pro Bono Service Recognition Award

    Professional Background

    Adjunct Professor of law at California Western School of Law teaching the course Internet & Social Media Law.

    Founder and Director of New Media Rights. October 2005 to Present.

    Attorney for Utility Consumers' Action Network and founder and director of New Media Rights. August 2006 to May 2012.

    Law Clerk for Lorraine Donaldson. 2004-2005. Assisted with practice specialized in Intellectual Property, particularly patent drafting.

    Law Clerk for San Diego City Attorney's Office - Civil Division. Summer and Fall, 2004. Work included American with Disabilities act, California Environmental Quality Act, among many other cases.

    LSAT Instructor for Kaplan, 2004.

    Public Information Officer/Press Secretary for the Office of the Secretary of State of Maryland. 2002-2003. Involved in Maryland redistricting based on 2000 Census, analysis of electronic voting machines, and reform of Maryland's felony disenfranchisement laws, among other duties.

    Special Assistant to the Secretary of State of Maryland 2001-2002.

    Director of Member Services for Mid-Atlantic LifeSpan, the largest non-profit trade association of senior care providers in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

    Other information / interests

    • Art is a native of Annapolis, MD

    Here's some work from Art you can remix.  "Davidsonville Maryland Mushroom" by Art Neill, openly licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

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