How we helped a local filmmaker & our guide for filesharing defendants

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 New Media Rights has had an eventful month! Here's what we have been up to...

New Media Rights creates a legal guide for defendants in the mass copyright lawsuits

As you may know, over 100,000 people have been accused of illegally downloading films and adult videos in the last two years. With suits this broad, many innocent individuals have been caught in the crossfire and threatened with legal action unless they pay $1,000's in settlement money. Even for innocent defendants, it is less expensive for them to pay that settlement money than it would be for them to hire a private lawyer to learn/defend their rights.

New Media Rights has assisted many of these individuals for free, but recently, we have been overwhelmed with the amount of defendants contacting us. That's why we thought it would be useful to create this legal guide for these defendants we can't personally assist...

Guide for defendants in mass copyright lawsuits

That way, they will at least have a chance of understanding their rights before being "extorted" by erroneous settlement letters. Please share this guide as widely as possible so this information gets to the people who need it. Also, let us know at if you post a link to the guide on your site or post it on Twitter so we can thank you personally.

New Media Rights helps a local San Diego documentary filmmaker

Unfortunately, there are few resources available for documentary filmmakers to get one-to-one assistance with reviewing their films before publication. San Diego filmmaker Maricar Camaya created a documentary about the plight of a San Diego man facing deportation to Uganda and that country's repressive anti-homosexuality laws, and the film used a newspaper article and photos in fair use under copyright law. He asked New Media Rights to review his documentary to ensure that his work didn't violate copyright laws. You can read his short story here.

Mr. Camaya is just one example of the hundreds of individuals who rely on New Media Rights monthly.  If you've made a film, or if you've been told to remove your photos, video, or other content from the web, contact New Media Rights at 619-591-8870 or and we can take you step-by-step through the process of getting your content reviewed or restored.

New Media Rights welcomes fellows Dan Terzian and Chrissie Himes

New Media Rights recently added to two new Fellows to the team. You can find some of their contributions on the New Media Rights blog

The FCC's Net Neutrality Rules: A tale of two internets by Dan Terzian

US Supreme Court Declines to hear ASCAP Appeal by Chrissie Himes

NMR Will Be Presenting at the Media Law in the Digital Age Conference in October

NMR will be at the Media Law in the Digital Age conference on October 22nd at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, GA. The event will start at 8:30AM with sessions all day until 5:00PM

Executive director Art Neill will be on the panel "Apps and Wireless: New Platforms for Online Content Providers and Journalists." The panel will be discussing potential legal risks for entrepreneurs from terms of use, to copyright, to licensing, to using geolocation data to tailor content, as well as the general legal issues surrounding mobile content distribution. 

We were graciously invited to participate by the co-producers of the event, the Citizen Media Law Project at Harvard University’s Berkman Center and Kennesaw State’s Center for Sustainable Journalism.

NMR Will Be Exhibiting at Blogworld in Los Angeles in November

NMR will be exhibiting at the BlogWorld convention on Friday, Nov. 4th and Saturday, Nov. 5th at the Los Angeles Convention Center. We were able to meet lots of independent creators at our booth last year that ended up using our services, and 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

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, You can donate by visiting our secure donation page

2. You can retweet us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and subscribte 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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