The Fair Use App - an educational tool for filmmakers & video creators

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We spend alot of time at New Media Rights advising filmmakers, creators, and technology startups about copyright, fair use, and when they can and can't reuse content. We find that education about fair use prevents unnecessary legal disputes, helping creative projects and new businesses flourish. But what if there were an interactive way to teach even more filmmakers, creators, and technology startups about fair use?

Enter The Fair Use App.  New Media Rights has filtered down many years of experience to bring you an app that can help you better understand:

  1. when you can reuse content;
  2. how your choices affect a fair use argument, and;
  3. when its time to talk to a lawyer.

While the app isn't intended to provide automated answers on specific fair use questions, it is helpful as a tool to help you make better decisions about when and how to reuse content.

You can check out the new app at

The Fair Use App is years in the making, and is the result of the work of dozens of individuals.  Executive Director Art Neill led the project which involved many team members, working directly with local San Diego design firm FYC Labs to develop the app.  The team also included Staff Attorney Teri Karobonik; Advisory Board members and former legal interns Shaun Spalding ’11, Lauren Brady ‘14, Kyle Welch ’14;  Advisory Board members  Hani Anani, Jonathan McIntosh, Phelan Riessen and Cy Kuckenbaker; alumni Alex Johnson and Ashley Gray as well as current California Western School of Law student Erika Lee.  

Check out the press release below for more about the Fair Use App and New Media Rights


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