September 2019 Newsletter: New Media Rights Receives $40,000 Grant from the City of San Diego!

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Welcome to Our Fall 2019 Team! Media and Privacy law at Hoover High

This fall we welcomed our new team, including 5 returning Student Fellows. Over 100 students have worked with us over the years serving internet users, artists, and small businesses. To our team both current and past, thank you!

NMR Receives $40,000 Grant from the City of San Diego  

We’ve received a $40,000 grant from the City of San Diego Economic Development Department to support our work with local San Diego small businesses. Last year we received $20,000, so we are excited to share that this year’s funding will increase our ability to provide services to more local businesses! Thank you to the City of San Diego for their continued support, we've been a proud partner for 8 years now!

New Guide: Copyright and the Classroom

We have a new guide available that addresses copyright use while teaching in the classroom. Copyright and the Classroom: Using Copyrighted Material in Classrooms and Distance Learning walks through some important exemptions under copyright law for certain performances and displays of copyrighted works in the classroom (and certain limited online learning situations) that would otherwise be considered infringement. 

CLP and NMR Team Up to Talk to Local High School Students about Privacy and Social Media

In April, NMR and the CWSL Community Law Project partnered to present a media and privacy law presentation at Hoover High School in San Diego. We spoke to 3 freshman classes about some of the laws that control deceptive advertising online, data collection laws like the Children's Online Privacy Act, and how social media sites comply with these important laws. We also got to talk about how some artificial intelligence technologies learn from the content that people post online. 

Thanks to Hoover High School and CLP for having us! This presentation was made possible in part by the Rose Foundation.

NMR participates in KPBS workshops for local San Diego filmmakers and podcasters

In August, we visited KPBS for the Explore Local Content Program Orientation to talk about legal issues that occur throughout all stages of film and podcast production, music licensing, copyright and fair use. The KPBS Explore Local Content Project is a collaboration with local producers to create and expand on local content that connects audiences with shared experiences, and reflects the diverse community in San Diego. This workshop was supported in part by the City of San Diego Economic Development Department.

Upcoming Publication in the University of Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal

Our paper, Copyright Registration Modernization: Group Registration of Videos, has been accepted for publication in the University of Texas Fall 2019 Intellectual Property Law Journal. The paper explores how current video registration options are ineffective and cost-prohibitive for online video creators, and proposes opening a rulemaking with the Copyright Office to establish group registration of published videos (which is currently not permitted).

We Joined the Free Expression Legal Network!

We are thrilled to announce that we joined the Free Expression Legal Network! The Free Expression Legal Network is a nationwide coalition of law school clinics, academics, and practitioners focused on promoting and protecting free speech, free press, and the free flow of information to an informed and engaged citizenry. At its launch, FELN includes 22 law school clinics that provide students hands-on experience representing journalists and documentary filmmakers, among others. We are proud to be counted among them!

Supporting journalists and nonprofit news organizations has always been an important part of our work. Journalists face many of the same intellectual property, privacy, and media law issues that challenge other creatives and entrepreneurs. We look forward to being a supportive member of the network and utilizing its resources to better serve our clients.

Learn more about our work with FELN here.


Staff Attorney Erika Lee (left) and Student Fellow Alexandra Inman (right) at KPBS

Top right: Media and Data Privacy Law at Hoover High School

All the best,

Art, Shaun, Erika and the entire New Media Rights team

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