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I am a Texas native and a proud Texas A&M Aggie class of 2013! I have been a “serial entrepreneur” all my life and since college, have successfully started two companies. Hoping to tie my passion with my skills, I relocated to sunny San Diego to attend California Western School of Law and pursue a career in intellectual property. Here, I have been heavily involved in all things copyright and trademark, including acting as the treasurer for the Student Intellectual Property Law Association, and as a certified student practitioner for the USPTO through their trademark clinic.
In an effort to help budding entrepreneurs with their intellectual property issues, I recently joined the New Media rights intern team and I am excited to learn and grow in this amazing legal field.
In my free time, I enjoy playing music, skating, and hitting the occasional tennis ball.
Come join us February 11 from 12pm-2pm for a workshop on financing and distributing your films and video content! Here's a link to buy tickets.
The workshop is part of San Diego Film Week will be held at Studio Unseen, 4608 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92116.
Anyone creating independent TV, film, or online content has to wear many diverse hats these days. To be a professional filmmaker means not just knowing how to produce film, but how to handle financing and distribution. Come learn about the legal and business aspects of film financing and worldwide distribution.
The workshop will be in two parts. First Jeff Deverett of Deverett Media will give a thorough overview on financing & distribution. Then, we will have an open Q&A with a panel of experienced business and legal experts, including attorneys Valerie Nemeth of the San Diego Sports and Entertainment and Sports Lawyers, Inc and Art Neill of New Media Rights along with other special guests with particular expertise in financing and distribution.
Based in San Diego, Jeff and Deverett Media Group specializes in the production & distribution of high quality Independent TV & film content. Jeff’s team includes experienced TV and Film executives who provide consulting, guidance and assistance to independent filmmakers in the creation of content, development of release strategies, domestic and international program launch strategy and delivery platforms.
Art Neill is the founder of New Media Rights, a nonprofit program that provides nominal fee legal services to filmmakers, and advocates for the rights of independent creators. Art is a professor teaching internet and media law at California Western School of Law.
We respond to over 500 requests for legal services every year, and over two thirds of these relate to copyright law. Copyright law protects the work of creators, but it also controls how the culture around us can be reused and commented upon. This week a community of awesome organizations are offering our visions of a balanced copyright future.
You can check out all the posts over at this website.
Each day there will be posts on a specific theme. Since much of what we do day in and out is copyright law, we're going to link you to some of our best resources, new and old, on copyright law for the given topics.
For a general background, why not check out our Copyright law FAQ with all the most commonly asked questions about copyright law? The FAQ ncludes many of our 25+ Copyright FAQ Video series, which you can view in its entirety by clicking here!
Also, don't miss our new book, Don't Panic, which covers all sorts of copyright issues you may want to know about, from music and open source software licensing, to fair use, to the DMCA safe harbor provisions. Enter the code "EHCBPZHD" at this special link for $3 (20%) off our new book.
And remember... our work to keep copyright law balanced, and provide direct legal services to over 500 creators and internet users each year, is supported by individuals like you, so consider supporting us today.
Monday, Jan. 16 (Martin Luther King Jr. day): Building and Defending the Public Domain
The public domain is our cultural commons and a crucial resource for innovation and access to knowledge. Copyright policy should strive to promote, and not diminish, a robust, accessible public domain.
Our links to the public domain
Tuesday, Jan. 17: You Bought It, You Own It, You Fix It
Copyright law shouldn't interfere with your freedom to truly own your stuff: to repair it, tinker with it, recycle it, use it on any device, lend it, and then give it away (or re-sell it) when you're done.
What New Media Rights is doing
New Media Rights has argued for your right to install the software you choose on your smartphone and tablet for nearly a decade. In the last DMCA Anti-circumvention proceedings, we helped provide support for expanding important exemptions to install whatever software you choose on tablets. While we achieved expanded exemptions, the section 1201 process of exempting particular circumvention is broken. We have a brand new article just published in Tulane's IP & Tech Law Journal that discusses how to fix section 1201 at both the regulatory and legislative level. At its essence, the reforms acknowledge that any fair use should simply be exempted from the anti-circumvention laws.
Copyright policy must be set through a participatory, democratic, and transparent process. It should not be decided through back room deals, secret international agreements, or unilateral attempts to apply national laws extraterritorially.
What New Media Rights is doing
We fought back with many others on the internet against SOPA, PIPPA, and other laws intended to extend the most restrictive of our copyright laws to other parts of the world, without important safeguards like fair use. More recently, the TPP represents another attempt to take the worst copyright policies and extend them without safeguards. We opposed fast-track authority for the TPP, and demanded TPP officials to include safeguards for users.
Thursday, Jan. 19: 21st Century Creators
Copyright law should account for the interests of all creators, not just those backed by traditional copyright industries. YouTube creators, remixers, fan artists and independent musicians (among others) are all part of the community of creators that encourage cultural progress and innovation.
What New Media Rights is doing
Freedom of expression is fundamental to our democratic system. Copyright law should promote, not restrict or suppress free speech.
What New Media Rights is doing
Happy Copyright Week!
Copyright Week image photo credit - EFF under a CC-BY 3.0 license
New Media Rights is proud to provide legal services to social impact films, including Dianne Griffin and Erica Jordan's new documentary film Painted Nails from DigAll Media. Painted Nails tells the story of a San Francisco nail salon owner's efforts to address public health challenges in the nail salon industry.
After learning her daily exposure to chemicals has caused life-threatening health problems, Van Hoang takes a life-changing journey from her vibrant nail salon to the steps of Congress, becoming the first person to testify for safe cosmetics in over 30 years.
California Western School of Law students Kevin Serrano and Camille Collantes provided the filmmakers with a variety of copyright and trademark licensing and clearance services necessary to get the film produced and distributed.
"New Media Rights’ thorough, timely and affordable fair use review on our documentary Painted Nails gave us the legal assurance we needed to distribute our film to audiences throughout the world, in order to initiate positive change in the toxic cosmetic industry. We highly recommend New Media Rights for all filmmakers who need reliable legal services from a group who care about the integrity of their work." - Erica Jordan & Dianne Griffin
Painted Nails has screened to enthusiastic sold-out audiences in over fifteen film festivals around the world, including CAAMfest, Vietfest, The New Orleans Film Festival, ECO Festival in Malaysia, and at the United Nations Film Festival out of Stanford University.
You can buy a DVD for educational and academic purposes, host a screening, or learn more at the film's website.
Here's an article about Painted Nails for more info.
Here's our presentation to SD Filmmakers from December 13, 2016. Law 101 for Filmmakers.
The presentation took place at Groovy like a Movie in the Kearny Mesa area of San Diego at 7pm. Here's a link to the event on Facebook.
Everyone on set should know the basics of copyright law, licensing, and fair use. Is that painting or poster in the background copyrighted? How does copyright protect your work; how does it protect the work of others? When do you need permission, and when can you reuse a photo, video, or audio clip without permission? How about that logo on a shirt or ball cap? We'll answer these questions and also leave plenty of time for Q&A.
Art Neill is the director of New Media Rights - a clinic located in San Diego, CA that provides Pro Bono and nominal fee services for artists of all kinds.
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