Bryan Blanco

Legal Intern

Joined NMR in: 

September 2016

Before attending California Western, Bryan worked with filmmakers and musicians in his hometown of Miami producing music videos and short films. Shorts he assisted on have played at Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival, Park City’s Slamdance Film Festival, and the Miami International Film Festival.

Bryan received his Bachelor of Arts in English with a focus on film studies from Florida International University. The film program at FIU lead him to study abroad in Czech Republic, where he attended the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival to learn the business behind film production. It was during his tenure at FIU he decided to take his passion in film to pursue a legal career in entertainment law.

Now entering his second year of law school, Bryan is looking forward to specializing in fields such as intellectual property, entertainment, and employment. After law school he wants to practice law and attend AFI’s producer program.

Outside of school and New Media Rights, Bryan spends most of his time with his dog, Rosco, exploring San Diego, watching movies, and playing records.

Nathalie Garcia

Legal Intern

Joined NMR in: 

September 2016

Prior to law school, I received a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Political Science from Florida International University. I worked in a human resources department for a media company for several years before deciding to pursue my dream of a legal career. I relocated to San Diego, California and began attending California Western School of Law.

Initially, I was interested in criminal law and after a few semesters interning in the area I decided that path is not for me. I realized how passionate I was when working in the media realm and wanted to find my way back into that area.

I am entering my third year of law school and have developed an interest in business, mergers and acquisitions, and intellectual property. I am extremely excited to embark in this journey at New Media Rights and look forward to learning about intellectual property.

When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time on the beach, hiking, cooking, traveling, and basketball season (GO Miami Heat!). 

Samantha Lopez

Legal Intern

Joined NMR in: 

September 2016

Samantha received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Business Management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Ready to escape from the scorching hot summers in Las Vegas, she decided to pursue her goals of becoming an attorney in beautiful San Diego, California.

Samantha is currently in her third year of law school at California Western and is an active member of the Entertainment and Sports Law Society. Samantha has gained further interest in Entertainment and Business Law and ultimately hopes to practice in these areas.

When Samantha is not studying or at the New Media Rights office, she is exercising, looking for new recipes to try, or catching up on Netflix.

Mike Flesuras

Legal Intern

Joined NMR in: 

September 2016

My passion for playing music started at a young age. I spent countless hours listening to the radio learning any guitar riff I heard. Out of high school, I put off college to join a rock band. The band toured the U.S. with acts like Social Distortion, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Psychedelic Furs, and Unwritten Law. Later, while still writing music for my band, I began producing and writing songs for other artists as well. Having proficient knowledge of creating music, I decided to get a law degree to learn more about music law and business. I want to further my own knowledge but also help other musicians understand the music “business” and how to protect their music rights.

Cat Mineo

Legal Intern

Joined NMR in: 

September 2016

Cat received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Crime, Law, and Justice from the Pennsylvania State University, where she developed a strong interest in the legal field. Following her undergraduate time in Happy Valley, Cat worked for four years in the legal field as a paralegal in a variety of firm practice.

She moved to California from New Jersey to pursue her career as an attorney and was welcomed into the legal community of San Diego by joining the San Diego Legal Secretaries Association. Cat is entering her second year at California Western School of Law, where she is an active member and Board Secretary of the Student Intellectual Property Law Association.

In her free time, Cat can be found riding her bicycle, hiking the trails and canyons, or walking around in the beautiful Southern California weather.

Maresa Martin

Legal Intern

Joined NMR in: 

September 2016

A Texas native, Maresa graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Economics.  After graduation served as a Senate aide and Legal Assistant at the Texas State Capitol for two years.  Subsequently, Maresa came to San Diego after joining the U.S. Navy, and currently serves as a naval reservist.

Maresa is fascinated with the mainstream emphasis on a “brand,” ranging from the choice to purchase Kellogg over Post cereal to sending a Kimoji text message.  Because of her fascination with the IP infiltration into everyday life, Maresa desires to specialize in Copyright & Trademark Infringement and Licensing.  Now in her third year at California Western School of Law, Maresa is looking forward to working with small businesses and start-up companies to help them establish their own brands and protect their creativity.

Outside of class or work, Maresa enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

NMR Testimonial - Penn Road Productions and Company Town, a David and Goliath Environmental Justice Story

New Media Rights is thrilled to highlight some of the success that our client, Penn Road Productions, has had with their latest documentary, Company Town. The film, which offers an intense look into the health and environmental impact that one paper mill has had on the nearby town of Crosset, Arkansas, just finished a successful screening at the L.A. Film Festival and the Sheffield Doc’s Marker Player in the UK, and will be showing at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival in October.

Company Town (2016) - Official Trailer [HD]

California Western School of Law student, and New Media Rights intern, Emory Roane, ’17, and New Media Rights Executive Director Art Neill made up the core team on this project. NMR worked closely with Penn Road Productions providing necessary legal services from early in production until release, assisting with the licensing and fair use clearing process, as well as the Errors and Omissions Insurance Application process.

Director Natalie Kottke-Masocco had this to say about working with New Media Rights on Company Town:

“I loved working with Art Neil and Emory Roane at New Media Rights. They provided amazing expertise, ease and intellect helping us clear our film for fair use and finalize our filmmaking process. Our experience flowed effortless during intense deadlines to finalize the legal components of the film. We are grateful for their guidance, professionalism, and positivity and excited to work with them on future projects.”

Emory added, “Working on Company Town was incredibly gratifying. Not only did I get to help artists and activists make an affecting documentary, but it was for a cause that’s near and dear to my heart. Ultimately, the experience of ferrying the film from the very early stages of production through to release was one of the most rewarding of my legal career.”

New Media Rights applauds Penn Road Productions for their work in bringing more attention to the larger issue of environmental justice in the country, and we wish them all the best as their film continues through the festival circuit.

You’ll be able to see Company Town at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival in October, and Penn Road Productions is currently exploring distribution and screening options in New York City and DC. Find out more information about Company Town, Penn Road Productions, and stay up to date with all of Penn Road Productions news on their website, here:

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Our new book: Don't Panic :) A Legal Guide (in plain english) for Small Businesses and Creative Professionals

Ever wonder what sorts of issues you may encounter as a creator or entrepreneur, and when you might want to reach out to a real life lawyer? That’s what our book "Don't Panic: A Legal Guide (in plain english) for Small Businesses and Creative Professionals" is all about. This book is designed to help you through the legal issues you may run into as a creator, entrepreneur, or innovator. We focus on issues you may encounter from the inception of your business to the moment (that hopefully doesn’t happen) you get a nasty lawyer letter for the first time.

Click here to buy the book on Amazon now!

Electronic version - $9.99 | Paperback - $14.99.

Don't Panic covers a range of legal situations that may arise, from the inception of your business, or the creation of your work, to that dreaded moment (that hopefully doesn’t happen) you get a nasty lawyer letter for the first time. While this book is not a substitute for legal advice, it can serve as a valuable guide to preventing and resolving legal issues.

Don't Panic is organized to help you quickly jump to specific information that will help you through that stage of your work. There are short, straight to the point summaries throughout called “The Bottom Line” providing the essentials you need to know.

You’ll learn how to form your business, protect your intellectual property, understand E&O insurance, and avoid problems when launching an App or internet-based service.  Often, you can take a few simple steps upfront that will protect your business or creative works, and ultimately save time and money down the road.

If you’re any of the following, this book is for you!

App & Software Developers | Artists & Graphic Designers |Designers & Makers | Entrepreneurs| Business People and Startups| Filmmakers and YouTube creators| Game Developers| Journalists and Publishers | Musicians & Podcasters| Non-Profits| Photographers| Podcasters | Scholars & Researchers | Writers | 

We’d like to take a moment to acknowledge just a few of the people who helped make this book a success. First we’d like to acknowledge our student interns and former staff who helped us write and research this book, including the many interns whose work served as inspiration for this book. We’d like to especially acknowledge Erika Lee, Cara Laursen, Emory Roane, Joelle Bartkins, Leopoldo Gabriel Estrada, and Nicholas J. Petruolo, who each assisted significantly with this book. Special thanks also go to Shaun Spalding whose work at New Media Rights informed this book, as well as Cy Kuckenbaker and Alexander Johnson for their invaluable feedback. We’d also like to thank California Western School of Law for being an amazing home and partner for the New Media Rights program.

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Event: Law 101 - The basics of Intellectual Property for Makers @ Fablab San Diego

Executive Director Art Neill & Advisory Board Member Kyle Welch,  a technology transfer attorney for San Diego State University (and a former NMR legal intern!) will discuss the basics of Intellectual Property at Fablab Wednesday June 29 at FabLab San Diego.  Come join us!  Thanks to the San Diego Economic Development Department for making this event possible.

Here's a link to the Meetup page


FabLab SanDiego

847 14th St, San Diego 92101CA

About the discussion

How does the law protect your work, and how does it protect what others create? When do you need permission, and when can you reuse something without permission? New Media Rights will provide a brief introduction to copyright, trademark, and patent, and leave plenty of time for Q&A about legal issues you face as a maker, artist or entrepreneur. 

Free for Fab Lab Members and New Media Rights Supporters - non-members $15 
Members, please note in comments that you'd like to attend.



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