Fighting for remix culture and against wireless shutdowns - May 2012 newsletter

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New Media Rights has been busy helping helping creators and internet users all Spring, and we have alot to share about what we've accomplished!  In addition, please stay tuned for some big news regarding the future of New Media Rights that we'll be announcing in the next few weeks. 


We're testifying before the Copyright Office on behalf of creators and consumers this month

We have been invited to testify before the Copyright Office in Los Angeles on May 17, 2012 regarding artists' right to remix and reuse content under fair use, as well as consumers rights to install the apps of their choice on their wireless devices.  This testimony follows our recent comments to the Copyright Office in ongoing proceedings on these issues. For more, read our comments or come to the hearing in Los Angeles.


Fighting to ensure  Wireless Service Interruptions like the August 2011 BART interruption won't happen again

New Media Rights filed comments on April 30th with the Federal Communications Commission regarding intentional interruption of wireless services. This follows the August 2011 incident where BART chose to interrupt wireless services at its stations. We focus on the effect of wireless shutdowns on consumers, free speech, and public safety. We conclude by encouraging the FCC to enforce appropriate safeguards to prevent future wireless service shutdowns undertaken without proper process. This incident raised serious concerns about the authority of governmental agencies and other non-carrier third parties to disrupt wireless networks. The FCC opened a regulatory proceeding to review the issues and we have filed comments to protect the rights of wireless consumers.  We thank our fellow, Shruti Joshi, for her assistance in preparing comments.

Read these comments here.

NMR highlighted on "Jack & Jill the Innovator" series

Derek Slater, Google's Policy Manager, recently asked Art Neill of NMR a few questions about New Media Rights to highlight our work on his "Jack & Jill the Innovator" web series.  

Here's the video!


New guides on the website

Quite a bit of educational content has been added to the site.  Consumers may be interested in...

How to identify and remove cell phone tracking software

How can I remove my mugshot from a website that has posted it without permission?

Artists and entrepreneurs may be interested in...

Frequently asked questions about copyright law (a master list of answers to many common copyright related question).

How do I register multiple works of visual art (like t-shirt designs) at the Copyright Office?

Support media reform in San Diego by checking out the Save KLSD documentary

Join New Media Rights for the first public screening of the documentary Save KLSD. The movie is about the rise and fall of a San Diego independent political radio station and how the demise of the station demonstrates a need for media reform.  The film is a great example of the power if independent filmmakers to shine a light on topics not often discussed in traditional media.  New Media Rights assisted with the project.

The screening will be at Lestats Coffee Shop on Adams Avenue on Saturday, May 19th at 2pm. A Q and A session with co-producers Jon Monday and Jennifer Douglas, as well as NMR will follow. More information about Save KLSD can be found at You can also purchase a copy from Amazon.

See NMR at Blogworld NYC on June 7th-9th

New Media Rights will be exhibiting at Blogworld New York at the Jacob Javits Convention Center on June 7th-9th. Every time we attend, we meet lots of independent creators at our booth who can take advantage of our free services. We hope that the demand is even higher this year. For attendees who'd like to schedule a time to get into contact with us, drop us a line at

NMR welcomes three new legal clerks
We'd like to welcome our new legal clerks working with the project for the summer Lauren Brady, Katrina Julian, and Alex Johnson. We'd also like to give a big thank you to our legal clerks Ashley Gray and Courtney Byrne returning for the summer because we couldn't have done all the great work we did in the last few months without them. Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to our long-time video volunteer Aleymar Santana, as well as law clerks Ben Hoffman, Jamie Marion, and Laura Patrick recently.

Find out more about the video production or public relations internships available with New Media Rights. Volunteers and interns are how New Media Rights can provide such extensive services while keeping our costs low.

We need your Help
Although our public donations are closed, we are planning a new public donation drive soon. Please send an email to if you're interested in helping out that drive in the upcoming months.


Ways to get involved with NMR without getting out of your chair!
Do you want to support our work protecting the rights of content creators online?

1. While we are not currently accepting donations, we will be soon.  Please keep us in mind for a donation when we are accepting donations again, as we rely on support from individuals like you.

2. You can follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to our Youtube and Flickr accounts

3. Write articles for our blog. If you would like to become part of our blogger network, send an email to

4. Suggest new resources, projects, and advocacy efforts for us to participate in by using our contact us form



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