Featured Segment #194: New Media Rights’ Art Neil on Fair Use App and GTFO

New Media Rights’ Art Neil on Fair Use App and GTFO

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New Media Rights Releases Innovative Fair Use App
To Help Filmmakers And Online Video Creators

Fair Use - The AppNew Media Rights advises filmmakers, creators, and technology startups about copyright, fair use, and when they can and can’t reuse content. Advice and 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 staff and interns have filtered down many years of experience to produce an app that can help individuals better understand: 1) when they can reuse content, 2) how their choices affect a fair use argument, and; 3) when it’s 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 folks make better decisions about when and how to reuse content. You can check out the new app at http://newmediarights.org/fairus

New Media Rights also has updated its Citizens Guide to Creative Commons.   In this Citizen’s Guide to Creative Commons, NMR walks users through the various Creative Commons licenses, and explains the ways the different elements of a CC license work together. The guide covers how to properly use and attribute someone else’s CC licensed work, and general best practices regarding CC licenses.

New Media Rights/Cal Western Students Help Filmmaker
Release Film on Gamergate Harassment

Long before Gamergate, a very public display of sexual harassment prompted filmmaker Shannon Sun-Higginson to explore the female experience within the gaming community. Through interviews with video game developers, journalists, and academics, GTFO [The Movie] paints a complex picture of the community as segments of it attempt to evolve to attract a diverse new gaming community against a backdrop of continued misogyny and harassment.

California Western School of Law students Christine Brekke (’15), Irene Choe (’16) and Nick Sabatella (’16) all provided critical preventive legal services to help GTFO [The Movie] thrive. New Media Rights Staff Attorney Teri Karobonik had the following to say:

“The meticulous work of Christine, Irene and Nick helped take GTFO from rough cut all the way to distribution.  It also gave our students a chance to apply their legal knowledge in the context of an ongoing debate, breathing new life into classic legal concepts and helping our students become practice ready.”

Art Neil and New Media Rights

Art is the founder of New Media Rights, and practices public interest law in the areas of internet, intellectual property, and communications law.

Art is also an adjunct professor of law at California Western School of Law teaching the course Internet & Social Media Law (primarily focused on Internet, Intellectual Property, licensing, and online publishing law).  In 2011 and 2013, Art was appointed as a member of the Federal Communication Commission’s Consumer Advisory Committee.  In 2014, Art was named to the Fastcase 50, which honors the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, & leaders.

Founded by attorney Art Neill in 2007, New Media Rights is an independently funded non-profit program of California Western School of Law 501(c)(3),that provides critical, preventative, one to-one legal services to creators, entrepreneurs and internet users whose projects require specialized internet, intellectual property, privacy, media, and communications law expertise.. In addition to direct, one-to-one legal services, New Media Rights turns what we learn into hundreds of freely available video and written legal education guides.

New Media Rights also turns what we learn into policy work before the Copyright Office and the FCC, to ensure that new regulations reflect the current needs of creators and small entrepreneurs. Finally, through our partnership with California Western School of Law,  New Media Rights trains the next generation of attorneys in cutting edge areas of the law, with an emphasis on the public interest to ensure the next generation of lawyers can help the next generation of creators and entrepreneurs thrive.

For questions about New Media Rights, contact Art Neill at 619-591-8870 or art@newmediarights.org.

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