Mission statement & the stories of those we help

New Media Rights is an independently funded non-profit program of California Western School of Law 501(c)(3), that provides critical, preventative, one-to-one legal services to creators, entrepreneurs and internet users whose projects require specialized internet, intellectual property, privacy, media, and communications law expertise.You can read more about the types of services we provide, and see examples of the types of clients we work with, by visiting our New Media Rights Legal Services page. To request legal assistance please use our contact form.

In addition to direct, one-to-one legal services, New Media Rights turns what we learn into hundreds of freely available video and written legal education guides.  New Media Rights also turns what we learn into policy work before the Copyright Office and the FCC, to ensure that new regulations reflect the current needs of creators and small entrepreneurs.

Finally, through our partnership with California Western School of Law, New Media Rights trains the next generation of attorneys in cutting edge areas of the law, with an emphasis on the public interest to ensure the next generation of lawyers can help the next generation of creators and entrepreneurs thrive.

We want to thank those who make our services possible, particularly our individual donors, California Western School of Law, and the City of San Diego Economic Development Department.  If you'd like to support New Media Rights as well, check out our page here for a list of ways to get involved.

Testimonials of some of our clients
  • San Diego CityBeat, San Diego's alternative newsweekly, published a great cover story this past week about our work at New Media Rights.

    It also has an amazing Street-Fighteresque illustration of a Geek punching a copyright troll. Check it out!

    Read the whole story here!

  • Susan Myrland, an internet user, ran in trouble when an unscrupulous advertising company recreated an old personal website of Susan's without permission, and then incorporated spam advertisements on the site. New Media Rights helped Susan respond to the abuse of her personal information and fix the damage this created, here's how.

  • Michael Colin is a independent documentary filmmaker.  Documentary films often reuse content that already exists, and if that content isn't in the public domain, or licensed, filmmakers sometimes need to rely on fair use under copyright law.  New Media Rights helped Michael analyze the Fair Use issues in his film.  Here's his testimonial of how we helped him.

  • New Media Rights' help is available to local San Diego filmmakers as well as media creators across the country. Maricar Camaya is a San Diego filmmaker interested in international gender and sexuality issues. Maricar briefly discusses how New Media Rights helped him:

  • New Media Rights had the pleasure of working with another great non-profit. Daniel Newman is Co-Founder and Executive Director of MapLight, a nonpartisan nonprofit illuminating the connection between money and politics in unprecedented ways. Mr. Newman briefly discusses how New Media Rights helped Maplight.

  • New Media Rights recently protected blogger Michael Petrelis' speech and commentary regarding another blogger who pretended to be a gay Syrian woman living in Damascus. 

    Mr. Petrelis is just one example of the hundreds of individuals who rely on New Media Rights daily.  His story reminds us that we have the right to criticize and comment on the culture that surrounds us.

  • David Almilli an entrepreneur and the innovator of the Wordsmith App. Below is David's testimony on his experience receiving assistance from New Media Rights, that helped him fight and win against game giant, Hasbro.

  • Sue Wilson needed assistance regarding copyright and fair use. New Media Rights provides resources on copyright law, and may be able to assist you with your copyright and fair use questions, just contact us.

  • Abdul Buul needed assistance with copyright and other issues as a local San Diego independent filmmaker.  New Media Rights has guides that help our local creators, and we may be able to assist you, just contact us!

  • Gene Composer needed assistance on a DMCA takedown notice on Second Life where her artwork had been wrongly removed from the site. New Media Rights helped restore her artwork. New Media Rights has guides on the DMCA, and may be able to assist you with your DMCA takedown questions, just contact us!