This year New Media Rights met the challenges of the global pandemic by moving our services and law clinic online without delay. 2020 brought challenges, but we also had some victories along the way.
Due to the pandemic, we lost a long-standing grant that usually constitutes $40,000 of our budget. However, we did receive a $20,000 grant from the Grant for the Web, which is backed by Coil, Mozilla, and Creative Commons.
So we now have some ground to make up. Please take a few moments to donate now to ensure that the essential legal services that we provide to hundreds of artists, creators and innovators throughout the world continue to exist. Here's what we accomplished in 2020. READ MORE
As we move into times of economic uncertainty, making sure that people like creatives, journalists, startups, and everyday consumers who can't afford legal services have somewhere like New Media Rights to turn to as important as ever. READ MORE
New Media Rights was proud to work on Sarah Moshman's recent documentary film, Nevertheless.
Taking a look behind the headlines of #MeToo and Time’s Up, Nevertheless follows the intimate stories of 7 individuals who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace or school context. From a writer's assistant on a top TV show to a Tech CEO and 911 dispatcher, the film shines a light on the ways in which we can shift our culture and rebuild.
In a scholarly article, recently published in the University of Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal (Vol. 28, No. 1, p. 87-98, 2019), New Media Rights' Executive Director Art Neill and Staff Attorney Erika Lee consider some options for modernizing copyright registration. The Texas Intellectual Property law Journal is a top 15 ranked Intellectual Property Journal according to Washington & Lee's rankings.
The article, Fixing Copyright Registration For Online Video Creators: The Case for Group Registration of Published Videos, considers the history of published group registration since the Copyright Act of 1976 and argues that future modernization efforts should include group registration of video. The article also posits that current options for registering videos are ineffective and cost-prohibitive for online video creators, and proposes opening a rulemaking with the Copyright Office to establish group registration of published videos (which is currently not permitted). READ MORE
New Media Rights recently teamed up with California Western's Community Law Project (CLP) to present another media and privacy law presentation, this time at Serra High School!
Assistant Director Shaun Spalding and Staff Attorney Erika Lee talked to four classes at Serra about some of the laws that control deceptive advertising online, data collection laws like the Children's Online Privacy Act, and how social media sites comply with these important laws. We also got to talk about how some artificial intelligence technologies learn from the content that people post online. READ MORE
New Media Rights will be at March Mingle! We'll be providing free 30-minute consultation sessions at March Mingle on March 25th. Come talk to New Media Rights about your copyright and trademark concerns, contracts, and other legal issues you might encounter as a startup or entrepreneur. READ MORE
On Saturday, January 25, New Media Rights was at TechCon Southern California! We gave free consultations and talked to local San Diego tech industry folks about our services in the Playground Exhibit. Held at the Sony North America HQ, TechCon brought together renowned industry executives, innovators, researchers, technologists and investors, who highlighted the depth and breadth of the Southern California technology ecosystem, particularly in San Diego.
These consultations were made possible in part by the City of San Diego Economic Development Department.
If you haven’t become a Supporter, we need your support more than ever this year. Please consider joining our community of supporters by making a donation and help us continue to fulfill our mission to:
Provide free and dramatically reduced fee one-to-one legal services to underserved creators and innovators that need specialized help with Internet, intellectual property, media, and technology law
Defend the Open Internet and push for badly needed copyright reform.
Create high quality legal educational materials and to educate the next generation of lawyers. READ MORE
Welcome to Our Fall 2019 Team! This fall we welcomed our new team, including 5 returning Student Fellows. Over 100 students have worked with us over the years serving internet users, artists, and small businesses. To our team both current and past, thank you!
NMR Receives $40,000 Grant from the City of San Diego. We’ve received a $40,000 grant from the City of San Diego Economic Development Department to support our work with local San Diego small businesses. Last year we received $20,000, so we are excited to share that this year’s funding will increase our ability to provide services to more local businesses! Thank you to the City of San Diego for their continued support, we've been a proud partner for 8 years now! READ MORE
We are thrilled to announce that we joined the Free Expression Legal Network. Supporting journalists and nonprofit news organizations has always been an important part of our work. Journalists face many of the same intellectual property, privacy, and media law issues that challenge other creatives and entrepreneurs.
The Free Expression Legal Network is a nationwide coalition of school clinics, academics, and practitioners focused on promoting and protecting free speech, free press, and the free flow of information to an informed and engaged citizenry. The creation of the network was led by the Reporter's Committee for the Free Press and Yale Freedom & Information Access Clinic. Members work on media law, transparency, and/or access issues, either as their primary focus or as it intersects with their work on other issues. READ MORE
In our new book, 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.
You’ll learn how to form your business, protect your intellectual property, and avoid problems when launching your project. Taking a few simple steps upfront to protect your business or project can save time and money down the road. Don't Panic has also been used in undergraduate & graduate classes nationwide to teach business and legal concepts to non-lawyers. Professors can request a FREE evaluation copy