Recent Press

Below are links to some selected articles covering our work assisting independent creators and internet users.  More recent articles are listed at the top.

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Wired- "The Andy Warhol Copyright Case That Could Transform Generative AI". Executive Director, Art Neill, talks to Wired's Madeleine Ashby about the recent Supreme Court decision in Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. v. Goldsmith. April 25, 2023

Business Insider- "Trump probably won't win his $50 million lawsuit against Bob Woodward with experts saying the suit 'turns the First Amendment on its head'". Executive Director, Art Neill, talks to Business Insider's Charles A. Davis to discuss the viability of a Trump copyright lawsuit against Bob Woodward. February 1, 2023

Pop Culture Detective Podcast- "Demystifying Fair Use, Copyright, and Content ID". Executive Director, Art Neill, and Assistant Director Erika Lee talk to Jonathan McIntosh of Pop Culture Detective about frontiers of copyright law. February 1, 2023

Washington Post - "And your little dog, too! Witchy lawyers force name change of Maryland beer". Executive Director, Art Neill, talks to Washington Post's John Kelly about Warner Bros.' successful efforts to stop a Maryland brewery attempting to register a trademark for the name of its beer, "Surrender Dorothy" (which depicted a yellow brick road passing under a DC area beltway overpass, with the DC-area Mormon temple depicted in the background), which was a reference to iconic Washington-DC area beltway graffiti. September 14, 2021

Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard - "Podcasting can realize its promise — if it meets the challenge for creators of color".   Assistant Director, Shaun Spalding, talks to the Hot Pod -- the source podcast industry analysis, insight, and commentary -- about intellectual property ownership in podcasting, the current industry business model which pits creators against distributors, and parallels between the nascent podcasting industry and traditional record deals / classic Hollywood. July 7th, 2020

Washington Post - "The hidden world and overlooked problems of acting in video games".   Our Executive Director Art Neill talk to the Washington Post about the unique challenges in the world of video game acting, including actors' rights under copyright, rights of publicity and first amendment law. January 8, 2020

Business Insider - "California is attempting a massive labor experiment that could grow into a disaster for millions of workers" Assistant Director Shaun Spalding was interviewed by Business Insider about the passage of AB 5, California's new independent contractor law, and its potential effects on the labor market. November 16, 2019

Bloomberg Law - "Hamilton Spat Shows Challenge in Carving Copyrights From History" Executive Director Art Neill was interviewed by Bloomberg Law about a recent legal dispute involving a producer of the mega-hit broadway musical, Hamilton, and why it's problematic to try to claim copyright to historical information in the Hamilton museum exhibit. History has its eyes on you, but it matters who tells your story, and how. October 22, 2019

San Francisco Chronicle - "Employee or not? Business, freelancers consider gig-work future" Assistant Director Shaun Spalding was interviewed by SF Chronicle writer Carolyn Said about the potential effects of AB 5, the new California bill that sets a stricter test to classify workers as independent contractors. October 5, 2019

Money - "Millions Are Obsessed With Vine Compilations on YouTube. Now There's a Battle Brewing Over Who Should Get Paid" Executive Director Art Neill is interviewed by Money Magazine writer Julia Glum about the Vine compilation copyright wars! Yes, you read that correctly. - April 10, 2019

Bloomberg Law - "NBA-Coogi Spat May Give Sweater Pattern Coke Bottle Protection" Our Executive Director Art Neill was interviewed by Bloomberg Law about copyright, trademark, and trade dress in a recent dispute that involved the NBA, the Brooklyn Nets, Coogi, and even Biggie Smalls . You may say the NBA and the Nets wanted mo' money but ended up with mo' problems. March 21, 2019.

Wired - "Did YouTube Phenomenon Poppy Steal Her Style From Another Star?" Executive Director Art Neill was interviewed for Wired about a recent high profile lawsuit involving two famous YouTubers, discussing the extent to which a person can own the rights to a persona from a copyright and right of publicity perspective. - May 9, 2018

GamesBeat - "The IndieBeat: Workplace protection for indie developers" Executive Director Art Neill was interviewed for GamesBeat, the gaming division of VentureBeat, about what independent game developers can do to make sure they're treated fairly by their studios. - May 3, 2018

Audiosocket - "Copyright and Licensing 101: A Guide for Content Creators" cited to New Media Rights' guide on obtaining music licenses. - April 17, 2018

Columbia Journalism Review - "10 overlooked press freedom groups that deserve support" Executive Director Art Neill was interviewed about the importance of organizations that support journalists and press freedom in light of the new presidential administration's hostile stance to the media. - July 14, 2017

Federal Regulators Seek To Ease Rules For Internet Providers - Interview on KPBS radio's Midday Edition with Michael Lipkin about the Trump Federal Communications Commission's misguided effort to undo the 2015 Open Internet Rules that protect the internet as an engine for innovation, communication, and creative expression. - May 3, 2017

The Art of Film Funding - Interview with host Carole Dean of BlogTalkRadio's The Art of Film Funding about a variety of basic legal questions filmmakers encounter during financing, production, and distribution. - March 15, 2017

Cyber Law & Business Report - Interview with host Bennet Kelley of the Internet Law Center on the Cyber Law and Business Report about our book for creators and startups. - March 1, 2017

Techdirt Reading ListTechdirt Reading List: Don't Panic: A Legal Guide (in Plain English) For Small Businesses & Creative Professionals - July 21, 2016

KUSI Good Morning San Diego - "Business Cyber Hostages" Executive Director Art Neill talked ransomware and the Hollywood First Presbyterian Hospital hacking with Good Morning San Diego's Lisa Remillard on KUSI. - February 19, 2016

KUSI - Executive Director Art Neill appeared in a story for the KUSI Newsregarding court decision to compel Apple to comply with FBI order to assist in accessing terror suspects smartphone. - February 17, 2016

KNX Money Hour Los Angeles - Art Neill speaks to Charles Feldman of the KNX Money Hour (at minute 19:30) about an ongoing lawsuit against the band Led Zeppelin claiming that Stairway to Heaven infringes the band Spirit's song Taurus. - February 11, 2016

AirTalk - "Videotaped suspect says Uber driver violated Privacy" - A messy altercation between a passenger and driver led to some interesting questions regarding laws around audio and video recording. Executive Director Art Neill discusses this question on AirTalk with Larry Mantle on KPCC Los Angeles.- January 20, 2016

This Week In Law - An interview with Art Neill,Teri Karobonik and Emory Roane on Anti-Circumvention provisions, YouTube's new Fair Use Protection Program, the trial overHappy Birthday, and more! - December 18, 2015.

Hopes & Fears - Inside the world of Lyft spam on Facebook - Staff Attorney Teri Karobonik is quoted about the interaction between copyright law and bots. - December 1, 2015.

KPBS - "New California Laws target Technology, Digital Privacy" - Radio and Television interviews with Executive Director Art Neill discussing new California privacy laws requiring search warrants for searching electronic devices and communications, additional restrictions on drone trespasses, and limits on the use of voice recognition data by manufacturers of smart TV's. - October 13, 2015.

UT San Diego - "Is there a "right to be forgotten?"- Staff Attorney Teri Karobonik is quoted on the dangerous implications of the right to be forgotten online. - October 3,2015.

Mint Press News -TPP Negotiators Meeting This Week To Finalize Corporate Trade Deal. - September 25, 2015.

Polygon - Names New Media Rights' TwitchCon panel "Can We Just Play: The Legality of Let's Play Video and Streams" as a thing to watch at TwichCon 2015. - September 24, 2015.

Bloomberg BNA - Groups Ask for TPP to Allow for Orphan Work Access.  - September 1, 2015.

KUSI San Diego Video interview with KUSI's Sasha Foo on changes in Uber's new Privacy Policy. - July 21, 2015.

Business Law Prof Blog - The Fair Use App: Copyright Law for Those Who Can't Afford a Lawyer. - July 20,2015.

Firedoglake - Fighting Evil Corp. There’s an App For That! - July 18, 2015.

Boing Boing - Fair Use App: a guide to fair use for online video creators. -  July 17, 2015.

Rebecca Tushnet  - New fair use app from New Media Rights. - July 17, 2015

IDG Connect - Will using your Apple Watch land you a traffic ticket? Staff Attorney Teri Karobonik is quoted on the importance of knowing local laws regarding using devices while driving. - June 18, 2015

The Daily Transcript - Neill reappointed to FCC Consumer Advisory Committee.-  May 8, 2015.

UT San Diego - Interview with Mike Freeman From UT San Diego discussing what's next after the FCC adopted new Net Neutrality rules.  - February 27, 2015

KUSI San Diego - Video interview with KUSI's Sasha Foo on the impact of the FCC's decision to adopt Net Neutrality rules.  - February 27, 2015. 

San Diego Business Journal - Cox Calls on Congress to Overturn FCC Vote on Net Neutrality. - February 26, 2015

UT San Diego - "SD ‘Revenge porn’ case a landmark" - Staff Attorney Teri Karobonik is quoted on the importance of CDA 230 to online service providers in 'Revenge Porn' and other cases. -  February 7, 2015.

KPBS / NPR - TV and radio interview of Executive Director Art Neill regarding Net Neutrality. - February 5, 2015.

KNSD / East County Magazine - Radio interview on KNSD radio regarding Net Neutrality, hosted Miriam Raftery of the East County Times - November 22, 2014

KPBS / NPR - Executive Director Art Neill quoted in Elise Hu's net neutrality article covering President Obama's support of net neutrality, "President Obama backs the Internet in a big way" - November 10, 2014

KPBS Evening Edition - Executive Director Art Neill quoted on KPBS' Evening Edition television show at 8:44 - November 10, 2014

New York Daily News - Article interviewing us about the use and abuse of the DMCA takedown process. - October 16, 2014

Cyberlaw & Business Radio Show and Podcast - An interview of Art Neill by Bennet Kelley about New Media Rights - September 24, 2014

This Week In Law - An interview with Art Neill & Teri Karobonik  on ownership of stolen celebrity photos, red light photos as evidence, YouTube bots, net neutrality, and more! - September 5, 2014

Over Coffee Podcast - Navigating a Changing Landscape - August 21, 2014

Veteran on the Move - New Media Rights: Legal Help for Independent Creators and Entrepreneurs - July 30, 2014

Techdirt  - "Broadband Industry to American Public: Who needs Open Internet Rules When You Can Just Take Our Word For It" - July 24, 2014

KPBS - Trademarking Phrases: SDSU’s Aztec Shops Laying Claim To ‘I Believe That We Will Win!’ - July 10, 2014

Get in Media - A Creator's Guide to Fighting Content Bullies - June 2014

The Daily Transcript - California Western student recommendations adopted by FCC committee - May 20, 2014

Bloomburg BNA - Efficiency, Recognition of Complexity Of Interests Essential for Improving DMCA - May 13, 2014

Owning Your Own- Episode 033: Interview with New Media Rights (Art Neill and Teri Karobonik)- April 9, 2014

Motherboard- The Fallout From Google's War on Faux YouTube Views- February 6, 2014

Tubefilter- Here Are Some Tips For Battling ContentID From A New Media Attorney - February 4, 2014

The Daily Transcript - Twibel lawsuit raises new media questions - January 16, 2014 - Free Legal Sources Every Indie Developer Should Know About - Last Update December 11th, 2013

Daily Times - Chalk up another win for Lansdowne kids; audio restored to ‘Read It' video- October 9, 2013

Rebellious Pixels - Too Many Dicks on The Daily Show (Update 2)- September 5, 2013

The Daily Transcript- Cal Western Program Recivies Small Business Grant - August 16, 2013

Reno Gazette Journal - Are sports camera bans common? - June 9, 2013

The Daily Transcript - CWSL's Art Neill appointed to FCC Consumer Committee - April 2, 2013

California Western School of Law News - New Media Rights Director Appointed to FCC Consumer Advisory Committee - March 27th, 2013

The Arts Newspaper - Artist sued by reluctant YouTube star - February 28th, 2013

Forbes - "Copyright In The Twilight Zone: The Strange Case Of 'Buffy Versus Edward'" - January 15, 2013

Boing Boing-"Lionsgate commits copyfraud, has clasic "Buffy vs Edward" video censored"- January 11, 2013

The Daily Dot - "'Buffy vs. Edward' Back on YouTube After 3-month Legal Battle" - January 11, 2013

Blastr - "How Buffy Kept Slaying Edward Despite a Lionsgate Copyright Lawsuit" - January 11, 2013

The Mary Sue - "Buffy vs. Edward Fan Mashup Wins Copyright Struggle with Lionsgate, Gets Back Online" - January 11, 2013

Electronic Frontier Foundation - "Copyright Vampires Attempt to Suck the Lifeblood Out of Fair Use Video" - January 10, 2013

Techdirt - "Lionsgate Censors Remix Video That The Copyright Office Itself Used As An Example Of Fair Use" - January 10, 2013

ARS Technica - "“Buffy vs Edward” remix unfairly removed by Lionsgate" - January 9, 2013

Rebellious Pixels - "Buffy v. Edward Remix Unfairly Moved from Lionsgate" - January 9 2013

Game Developer Magazine - "Ace Attorney" - January 2013

Center for Independent Documentary - "New Media Rights Advice to Filmmakers Center for Independent Documentary"

1 UP - "Admirable Crowdfunding Effort Seeks to Continue Providing Indies With Free Legal Help" - December 21, 2012

Kotaku - "You Can Hire a Lawyer for the Little Guys of Game Development" - December 19, 2012

Creative Commons - "Legal Assistance for Game Developers: New Project from New Media Rights" - December 18, 2012

The Register - "Copyright trolls, biz scum, freetards - it's NOT black and white" - December 15, 2012

Comics Bulletin - "Will I get in trouble if I punch my artist? And other burning questions about General Partnerships" - December 15, 2012

Penny Arcade - "Starting an indie studio? This is your crash course on video game law" - December 11, 2012

Readwrite - "YouTube Network Holds Celebrity's AdSense Account Hostage" - December 11, 2012

Indie Games - "Free Legal Services Pick: New Media Rights" - December 7, 2012

Techdirt - "Proposed Copyright Small Claims Court May Have A Bigger Impact Than The DMCA" - December 7, 2012

Contribee - "Day 5: New Media Rights" - December 6, 2012

Joystiq - "New Media Rights: You gotta fight for your right to be an indie developer" - December 6, 2012

San Diego City Beat - "Geek vs. Troll" (Cover Article) - December 5, 2012

Comics Bulletin - "New Media Rights, LAGD: Legal Assistance for Game Developers and Your Help" - December 3, 2012

Comics Bulletin - "Criminal Skins: How Venom, Quake and I Broke Copyright Law" - November 29, 2012

Valve Time - "Gabe Newell Appears In LAGD Interview" - November 27, 2012

Indie Game Mag - "'New Media Rights' Look to the Community to Continue Helping the Small Guy" - November 27, 2012

The Daily Transcript - "Cal Western official to testify about copyright disputes" - November 26, 2012

Fan to Pro - "Fan To Pro Promotion: New Media Rights" - November 23, 2012

Games Brief - "Crowdfunding a Video Series by Lawyers for Indie Devs" - November 21, 2012

California Western News/Media Department - "New Media Rights Help Secure Important Exemptions for Creators and Internet Users" - November 16, 2012

San Diego City Beat - "TV Girl's song wiped from Internet" - June 29, 2011

Campus Progress - "Senate Judiciary Upgrades Streaming Copyrighted Video to a Felony" - June 20, 2011

PC World - "So, You're Being Sued for Piracy"

San Diego City Beat - "Light of Day" - March 9, 2011

TechZulu Law - "Interview at Blogworld 2010" - October 15, 2010

San Francisco Chronicle - "YouTube ordered to hand over viewing data" - July 4, 2008

Art Rocks Radio with Philly Joe Swendoza -  "The Why, What, Where, and How of New Media Rights on Art Rocks Radio with Who? Philly Joe Swendoza"