New Media Rights tells a content bully to beat it... Just Beat It!

New Media Rights tells a content bully to beat it... Just Beat It!
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It’s been a year since the Lansdowne Library Teen Advisory Board created a video to promote reading based on Michael Jackson’s iconic “Beat It,” video. After it was posted on YouTube, Sony took down the video claiming the parody was “copyright infringement.” But after taking a bit a beating in the press for content bullying these amazing teens, Sony rescinded its claim and the video went back up.

That was the end of the story until now. Recently, the audio to the parody video was muted through YouTube’s Content ID system. The Library called Sony, but Sony claimed there was nothing they could do, that the video was caught in what Sony called the “Youtube Vortex” and complaints about disabling it were old news. Together, Lansdowne librarian Abbe Klebanoff and New Media Rights have now gotten the teens’ video restored using Youtube’s appeals process, but the story is a reminder that content bullying is alive and well. Check out the full story here.

New Media Rights helps with a film that might just be on its way to the Oscars!

When we worked with Michael Singh on a variety of legal issues that came up surrounding his documentary, Valentino's Ghost, we noticed the film was excellent and told a compelling story. We didn't realize, however, that we were helping on a film that may be on its way to an Oscar nod. We want to congratulate Michael for making it to the final 120 films nominated for best feature documentary! Good luck Michael, we're all rooting for you!

Get ready for two weeks of NMR on This Week in Law!
New Media Rights is proud to announce that we’ll be joining Denise Howell on This Week in Law (TWiL), two weeks in a row! First up, catch New Media Rights Executive Director Art Neill on TWiL on October 25.  Susan Crawford will also be on the show!  And on November  1st , Staff Attorney Fellow Teri Karobonik and former Assistant Director and current NMR Advisory Board Member Shaun Spalding, will be on the show. TWiL discusses breaking issues in technology law including patents, copyrights, and more.  The show records live every Friday at 11:00am PT/2:00pm ET.

New Media Rights features prominently in Copyright Office Small Claims recommendations!

Earlier this month the Copyright Office released its formal report recommending establishing a small claims court for copyright law. New Media Rights has been heavily involved in these proceedings,and the report makes that obvious. New Media Rights is heavily quoted in the report.  New Media Rights saw early on that a new small claims court would have a dramatic impact on independent creators, internet users, and entrepreneurs. We've shared our expertise with the Copyright Office in order to ensure that any new system respects fair use and provides a fair and just system for resolution of copyright disputes, not simply a new venue for content bullying. For more information and to read the full report click here.

Upcoming events
2013 IP Institute
Join us at the 2013 IP Institute November 7-9 in Berkeley hosted by the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of California. New Media Rights' Executive Director Art Neill is speaking on a panel discussing copyright enforcement with representatives from the MPAA, large copyright holders, and Electronic Frontier Foundation. It should be an interesting discussion!

New Media Rights is headed to SXSW Interactive 2014!
The votes are in, and (drum roll please) we're headed to SXSW Interactive in March! Thank you all so much for your votes and support! We'll keep you updated as more details become available.
North County Bar Association Intellectual Property Section  Art Neill will be speaking at the North County IP Section October 24 on DMCA safe harbors and content bullying.  
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