Guide for defendants in mass copyright lawsuits (Bit Torrent Filesharing cases)


You may be a defendant, or may know a defendant involved in one of the “BitTorrent filesharing lawsuits.” These suits are also sometimes referred to as “Mass copyright lawsuits” because for the first time, hundreds and sometimes thousands of individuals like yourself have been implicated in lawsuits alleging “copyright infringement.” Indeed, as of September 2011, there are over 200,000 individuals involved in such lawsuits.

New Media Rights has drafted the guide below to provide you with basic, practical information regarding these lawsuits.

September Newsletter: Success stories, challenging AT&T, and Blogworld 2011


Our September newsletter brings news of success stories fighting DMCA abuse, a grant awarded by the California Consumer Protection Foundation, and our continuing efforts to stop the AT&T-Tmobile merger. 

You can also catch us in person at Media Law in the Digital Age in October, a conference coproduced by Harvard Berkman Center's Digital Media Law Project and the Center for Sustainable Journalism at Kennesaw State University, as well as Blogworld 2011 in LA in November.

Best Practices for Creative Commons attributions - how to attribute works you reuse under a Creative Commons license


Find out how to site or source creative commons work. Creative commons work allows you to share, remix and reuse legally, just make sure to check out what license it is under.

“creative commons” by Flikr user libraryman used under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license

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Essential Free and Open Source Software Toolkit


A tool kit full of Free or Open Source software
Open source software has gained popularity because of its effectiveness, flexibility, security, and low cost. By adopting an entirely new philosophical approach to software development and user freedom, open source software empowers you, the downstream user not just to use it to perform a task, but to build upon, adapt, and modify it to fit your needs. In this way thousands of developers and users around the world are able to work to improve the software's effectiveness, flexibility, and security. Join the many people around the world using open source software, a way of life that encourages openness, sharing, community, innovation, and discovery.

Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase Winners Announced

Once again the Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase has selected great creative works to include in the latest version of Ubuntu, this version due out in April. As with the previous Show Case, all of the winning entries will be bundled with the Ubuntu release and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. This time, however, there were three categories, so three winners. The categories are: Audio, Video, and Image.

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New Media Rights to speak at California Western's Entertainment and Sports Law Society Spring Symposium

Spring Symposium Schedule
Saturday, March 7, 2009

Purchase Tickets at

Students - $20
Attorneys - $25 (CLE Credits offered)

9:30-10:00 a.m. Registration

10:00-10:45 The San Diego Firm Setting: More Personal Representation Outside LA
Rodney L. Donohoo, Law Offices of Rodney L. Donohoo
Abbas Kazerooni, Esq., Partner @ Kazerouni Law Group

10:45-11:00 Networking Coffee Break

11:00-12:00 MySpace & You Tube are Forcing the Law to Catch Up with Technology
Brooke Wentz, The Rights Workshop

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New Media Rights files comments supporting EFF's proposed exceptions to DMCA Anti-Circumvention 1201(a)(1) provisions


New Media Rights has filed comments with the Copyright Office supporting EFF's proposal for two exemptions to the Digital Millenium Copyright Act's anti-circumvention provisions. 

Norway coughs up the kroners to support use of open source software in the public sector


Norway has decided to commit money to adapt the OpenOffice suite for various government uses. This follows a commitment by Norway in 2006 to use more open source software in government functions. It will be interesting to see if any developments and modifications get picked up and used or modified by other governments.