New Media Rights files comments urging the FCC to protect the Open Internet by maintaining Title II regulation.

The 2015 Open Internet Rules were preserved the internet as we know it at a time when Internet Access Providers were trying to change the internet forever for their own narrow profit motives. The rules ensured that the Federal Communication Commission could play a constructive role in ensuring competition, of ideas, products, and services

In 2014 we made Comments and Reply Comments, asking the FCC to classify the internet under Title II to protect internet consumers, innovators, and creators. We were cited numerous times in the final rule, particularly with respect to extending the rules to mobile broadband.

Recently, the FCC has done an about face, and now proposes an end to these successful net neutrality protections. This would be disastrous, so we recently submitted comments to the FCC addressing why the Open Internet Rules should remain and also highlighting the dangers of the proposed changes.

We particularly want to thank volunteer attorney Kyle Reynolds, as well as student fellow Cat Mineo, a 3L from California Western School of Law for their work on these comments along with Executive Director Art Neill.

Our comments focus on the reasons why the current classifications under Title II and FCC authority should remain. We also present examples of narrow business advantages reaped by the proponents of ending net neutrality and what these proponents don’t want you to know about the harms of ending the current regulatory scheme.

Our comments also provide a reminder about the public policy behind the current standards for internet conduct which are in danger of disappearing if the FCC should move forward with its proposal to end net neutrality protections.

Read our comments.

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July 2017 Newsletter - Fight back with #TeamInternet, and save the date for our 10 year celebration this October!

 
The Federal Communications Commission, under it's new Trump-appointed chairman, has made a dangerous new proposal to end the hard-fought net neutrality protections that internet consumers, innovators, and creators fought for and won back in 2015.
 
Join us in fighting back with thousands of other organizations and web services this Wednesday July 12 to protect the internet as we know it. Learn more about what you can do by checking out this page and by joining the coalition of thousands of organizations and web services at Battle for the Net. #TeamInternet
In 2015, New Media Rights' comments were heavily cited in the order implementing net neutrality rules at the FCC. We'll be submitting comments July 17 to the FCC arguing that we must keep regulations in place to save the internet as we know it. 
 

A new edition of of our book

The second edition of our book Don't Panic is published! We also have an audiobook available as well! Help us celebrate by picking one up from Amazon or get $4 off at this link when you use the code "RSJ2R92F". If you find it useful please take the time to write us a review!
The book has been adopted in over 10 college and graduate classes to teach legal concepts to creators. If you're a teacher or professor and want an evaluation copy and assistance incorporating the book into your teaching let us know by sending an email to education@newmediarights.org.
 
 
Save the date, we're celebrating our 10 year anniversary in early October!
We're celebrating our 10th anniversary this year. Whether you're a client, former student, or just love the work we do, come celebrate with us in early October! Right now it looks like our celebration will be Saturday, October 7 in San Diego, but keep an eye out for further details soon. If you have suggestions for the event, or want to update us with what you been up to, you can fill out our event survey here.
 
Welcome back to Shaun Spalding
Shaun Spalding has rejoined the New Media Rights team full time this July as our Assistant Director. Welcome back Shaun!
 
What we've been up to lately
Our Executive Director Art Neill recently spoke at national conferences of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and Investigative Reporters & Editors. We also have some recent client stories to share, including a math and science education virtual reality startup, and a couple of films (here and here) we've worked on.
 
All the best,
Art, Shaun, and the entire New Media Rights team
 
 
Please remember New Media Rights is an independently funded nonprofit program and we rely on individual donors to support our work. Without donations from individuals like you, these services simply won't exist. Become an NMR Supporter and ensure this service exists for years to come! 
 
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This form is only for people requesting New Media Rights to speak on a panel or deliver a presentation at your event. Founder/Executive Director Art Neill has a decade of experience speaking on intellectual property, copyright/fair use, and digital rights issues. Other New Media Rights attorneys are experienced in discussing digital distribution contracts, licensing, and Youtube as well as other cutting edge issues related to the legal issues that creatives, journalists, and online platforms face.

If you'd like us to speak at or attend your event, please submit your request below. If you have any trouble with this form, you can reach us at support@newmediarights.org

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We will send you a *FREE* evaluation copy if you're a media studies, entrepreneurship, filmmaking, development, journalism, or art teacher interested in integrating practical business and legal issues into your syllabus or adding our book as recommended reading.
 
Fill in your information in the form and we'll follow up to get a book out to you! Supplies are limited.
 
For classes in southern California, we'd also be happy to schedule an in-person guest lecture if you'd like. Reach out to us via email at education@newmediarights.org after filling out the form.
 
We’re trying to find like-minded instructors who believe it’s important teach students about the day-to-day entrepreneurial realities of the creative fields their students will be entering into after graduation. Because unfortunately, New Media Rights typically sees these recent graduates only *after* they’re facing a legal issue and need our assistance.
 
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NMR client brings the story of the first all-women crew to row across the Pacific Ocean to Netflix in Losing Sight of Shore

Congratulations to our client Sarah Moshman whose documentary Losing Sight of Shore recently made it to Netflix.  The documentary tells the story of the first all women team to row across the Pacific from the United States to Australia.

Films need alot of legal support to get from the idea phase to big time distribution.  Thank you to recent graduates Maresa Martin and Nathalie Garcia who provided legal services along with New Media Rights Executive Director Art Neill.

Director Sarah Moshman had this to say about working with New Media Rights.

"It was a pleasure working with New Media Rights. The concept of fair use and clearing clips can be confusing for filmmakers and Art & his team were very clear and helpful carefully examining the clips I planned to use and offering suggestions on how to ensure they were fair use. As long as you come to them organized, it is a painless process and can certainly save a filmmaker a lot of money on clearing clips! Would absolutely work with them again."- Sarah Moshman

New Media Rights is grateful to have provided legal services to this film. You can learn more about our services for filmmakers here

This testimonial does not constitute a guarantee,warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter.

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Investigative Reporters & Editors 2017 - Law for independent writers panel

New Media Rights Executive Director Art Neill will be speaking at the Investigative Reporters & Editors 2017 Expo in Phoenix, Arizona. Our Panel "Protect yourself now: The independent writer’s legal guide to contracts, clauses & conundrums" will cover everything from newsgathering laws to copyright, to writers contracts. Here are the details and our final presentation embedded below.

Panel: Protect yourself now: The independent writer’s legal guide to contracts, clauses & conundrums

Speakers: Victoria Baranetsky (The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press) & Art Neill (New Media Rights)

Time: 10:15am-11:15am

Location: W Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge 5350 E. Marriott Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85054

 

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Sarah earned both her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology- Archaeology and Master of Education degrees from University of Montana. After teaching elementary school for two years, Sarah chose to pursue her JD at California Western School of Law.

She is an avid sports fan and is interested in pursuing a career in sports law and intellectual property. She is an active member of Entertainment and Sports Law Society, as well as the Student Intellectual Property Law Association as California Western. She is excited to help fledgling artists and entrepreneurs realize their dreams.

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