November 2009 Newsletter


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You're receiving this update because you've registered at our website, used our free studio and equipment resources, or gotten direct assistance from us in the past.

We want to thank you for being part of New Media Rights, give you a few updates on what we're up to, and let you know how New Media Rights (NMR) can help you.  Most importantly, your input drives this organization, and we want to hear from you, so contact us and let us know how we can better serve you!

Did you know?

  • NMR is now offering a free opportunity to go out in the field with an investigative reporter and learn about citizen journalism.  Sign up to learn more by clicking here!

  •  You can view various competitions for online creators, events that discuss and shape media policy, and our equipment & studio availability on our online calendar
  • We offer free pro-bono legal assistance.  If you have a question about your rights online, contact us today.
  • If you're in San Diego, you can use our free public studio and equipment, just fill out out an application
  • There are many benefits of licensing your online content with a creative commons license. You can find out all about how to place your work under a creative commons license, or how to attribute other people's creative commons work from our Creative Commons Guide.

An Invite to Join us on social media

We'd like to invite you to connect with us on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, Youtube. We invite you to send us a note, or write a review of your experience with New Media Rights.

We are growing

New Media Rights is growing our services and staff.  We are happy to announce many new projects and resources that will be of interest to you. Mera Szendro Bok has joined the New Media Rights team as Communications and Information Officer. Please feel free to direct your inquires about your rights online and ways that you would like to see the site and our services grow to meet your needs to her at

Newest Projects

We are updating the site daily with new videos from our embedded journalist John Mattes , who is investigating consumer protection issues for our affiliate You can learn about investigative journalism by going out into the field with John.  

We are providing more and more resources, and you should look forward to a video guide for filmmakers on lighting, sound, storytelling, and legal issues in December.

Our goal here at New Media Rights is to become a strong resource for you as a creator, speaker and citizen online. will help you to find information and understand the technical and legal aspects of creating websites, podcasts, blogs, and participating. Creating and sharing content online empowers us, but it is important to understand your legal rights.

New Media Rights will also be filing comments in January for the FCC's important proceeding regarding Net Neutrality. If you want to learn more you can read some of our blogs here and here as well as submit comments to the FCC regarding the importance of a free and open Internet here.

Our Work

This year New Media Rights has

  • Offered assistance to hundreds of creators and Internet users of all types, including local San Diego independent filmmakers and online video creators, bloggers, podcasters, artists, and software developers.
  • Worked to help free cell phones from network lockdown and DVD players in comments at the Copyright office
  • Reached over 100,000 visitors through
  • Presented on "Social Media & the Law" and "Legal Aspects of Documentary Filmmaking and Online Video" in the community including at California Western School of Law's 2009 Entertainment & Sports Law symposium, for the San Diego County Bar Association's Entertainment & Sports law section, and at the San Diego Media Arts Center.  If you would like us to give a presentation to your organization, contact us here.
  • Also New Media Rights continues to offer the public a free studio, film equipment and use of an editing computer at the New Media Rights headquarters. We look forward to building more resources and services to meet the needs of the community. Please join us at a our various social media websites and leave a comment or two about New Media Rights.
Remember, New Media Rights' free legal and how-to resources, as well as our free public media studio and equipment, are supported by donations by individuals like you, so please consider donating to us this holiday season.

New Media Rights Latest News

New Media Rights Community Journalism Project

New Media Rights has launched it's investigative reporting project this month! Our embedded reporter John Mattes has been going out in the field as an independent journalist investigating the public interest issues and complaints that UCAN's Fraud Squad has collected. Right now we have three videos available for you to explore such topics as deceptive cell phone kiosks, insurance companies failure to pay doctors and rising water rates in San Diego. This topics are timely and important to the community and if you are interested in going out in the field with John Mattes, just give us a call!

New Media Rights Citizen Journalism Project

We are looking to help aspiring filmmakers and journalists have the opportunity to learn from John Mattes out in the field. This is a great opportunity for budding journalists or new filmmakers who want to see how to create online video content.

Net Neutrality Advocacy

One of NMR latest blogs focuses the October 7th, 2009 FCC hearing at the University of San Diego. The FCC is seeking comments on the new National Broadband Plan. We highly encourage you to visit to add to this discussion that will shape how we can use the Internet for decades to come. The blog will give you insight into what many are calling a looming "spectrum crisis" and how experts are planning to combat this both locally and nationally. NMR also is planning on filing comments in the net neutrality proceeding.

New Media Rights Guides 

Essential Free and Open Source Software Toolkit

Open Source software is empowering, effective, flexible and secure. Open Source software is constantly being improved and you can have the improved version for FREE!! Open source software is revolutionizing software development by allowing anyone to improve the code.

How to find free music, images and video to remix and reuse in your own creative works

Believe it or not, you can't copy images off of google images and use them in your own videos! New Media Rights' guide links you to some of the web's best resources for finding works you can reuse, legally.  Need some background music or and image for your video? Check out this guide!

Creative Commons Guide

Creative Commons and other Open Source licenses give copyright holders the flexibility to choose what rights they wish to reserve regarding their content and the type of permission required to copy, reproduce, share, or form derivative works based on that content.

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