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Representing Internet Users at the FCC - May 2013
by The New Media Rights team
May 15, 2013
[Comments in brackets added by Maura Larkins]
We've gotten off to a great start this year, providing services to over 123 individuals [who
are non-controversial in that they haven't criticized anyone with connections to Cal
Western] since January 1, giving over 6 legal basics workshops, and representing
creators and consumers at the FCC's Consumer Advisory Committee. We've shared a
few highlights below as we head into an exciting summer for NMR!
Representing internet users and consumers at FCC
New Media Rights represented consumers and independent creators at the @FCC Consumer Advisory
Committee Friday, April 26. The full recording of the meeting is here. The meeting covered many
upcoming issues facing the incoming FCC Chairman, including an upcoming spectrum auction to free
up spectrum for wireless devices, disability and rural access, as well as many other consumer issues.
Specifically, Art Neill from New Media Rights raised the issue of the Federal Communications
Commission plan a few years back to launch a committee regarding the Commission's Open Internet
Regulations. This committee has still not been formed, and some kind of 3rd party review is critical for
consumers and independent creators to make sure that these rules are actually being enforced. You can
count on us to continue to work to make sure the Open Internet rules are being properly enforced.
A big thank you to Shaun Spalding
In April long time team member and Assistant Director Shaun Spalding headed off to work on a variety of
creative projects, including producing a documentary film that he's wanted to pursue for a number of
years. Shaun started as a legal intern at New Media Rights in 2010, and then became staff attorney in
2011, followed by Assistant Director in 2012. Shaun has many talents, and was willing to lend them all to
improve New Media Rights. Specifically, Shaun has been a force for creating over 100 successful
educational videos, and providing dedicated advocacy to hundreds of internet users and creators over the
years. He's also simply a great colleague. Luckily we aren't saying goodbye, as Shaun has joined our
Advisory Board and will hopefully be involved with New Media Rights for years to come. A big thank you to
Shaun and best wishes in his creative work!
Welcoming new legal interns!
We're thrilled to welcome Casey Lowe, Marlena Balderas, and Marko Radisavljevic as new legal interns
with New Media Rights this summer. We're also excited to welcome back legal interns Jordan Kohler,
Lauren Brady, and Matt Prellberg.
We are grateful to all our legal interns for their contributions to New Media Rights. We couldn't help so
many internet users and creators without their hard work.
You can read bios and see photos of the whole team by visiting our Meet the NMR Staff page.
Our website recently got a pretty serious aesthetic update. We hope you find the new site format a bit
easier to navigate. We'd love for you to take a look and let us know what you think. If you have comments
or suggestions please send them to support @ newmediarights.org. Remember, we base our guides
and videos on your input, so please let us know if you have a particular guide to suggest.
ISSUE WE'RE MONITORING - Youtube Isn't Honoring DMCA takedowns?
Unfortunately, New Media Rights has seen evidence in recent months that suggests that some large
media companies have been able to override legitimate appeals and disputes by users regarding
content takedowns on Youtube. This guest blog from Patrick McKay of the Fair Use and Youtube
watchdog FairUseTube.org, explains the problem in more depth.
We're monitoring the issue closely and trying to gather additional information to help address this issue,
so feel free to contact us with additional information you may have regarding DMCA counternotices that
fail restore disputed content on Youtube.
New Media Rights Executive Director Art Neill will be speaking on a panel at the Alliance for Community
Media Annual Conference on May 30, 2013 in San Francisco, CA from 2:00pm at the Westin St. Francis...
The topic of the panel will be "Free Speech vs. Copyright: An Intersection or a Collision."
The panel will be an opportunity to give positive support to artists, showing them the ways the law can
actually empower their creativity, how to avoid legal disputes in the first place, and how to move
forward if you do face legal threats.
New Staff Attorney and Advisory Board members
In June we'll be announcing a new staff attorney and our advisory board
members for 2013, so keep an eye out for that announcement!
How can you support independent creators and artists [who don't criticize Cal Western
New Media Rights is an independently funded nonprofit program and relies on the support
of individuals like you to provide free and low cost legal services to internet users and
[some carefully screened] creators...
Thanks again for being part of the New Media Rights community. Keep an eye out as our
future battles and work on behalf of internet users and independent creators [who don't
criticize anyone with ties to Cal Western] continues.
Meet the NMR Staff
[Comments in brackets are
by Maura Larkins]
Job Title: Founder / Executive Director
Joined NMR in: October 2005
Art is the founder of New Media Rights,
and [sometimes] practices public interest law
in the areas of internet, intellectual property,
and communications law [and other times he protects those who stifle free speech].
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).
[Either Cal Western doesn't teach about the First Amendment, or quite a few of its
graduates forget what they learned.]
In 2011 and 2013, Art was appointed as a member of the Federal Communication
Commission's Consumer Advisory Committee.
"Suing John Doe: A new wave of filesharing lawsuits" Fall 2011 Journal of Internet Law (Aspen
"Social Media and the Law: Here Comes Everybody!" 2010 May CEB Business Law Quarterly (A
publication of the University of California and the State Bar of California)
Techdirt Feature: "Proposed Copyright Small Claims Court May Have A Bigger Impact Than The DMCA"
Geek v Troll: New Media Rights stands up for [a select group of] the Internet's underdogs. Cover story in
San Diego Citybeat by Dave Maass, December 5, 2012.
ReadWriteWeb: Interview with Fruszina Eordogh for article for article, "Youtube network holds Celebrity's
Adsense account hostage"
Joystiq: New Media Rights work featured in article "New Media Rights: You Gotta Fight for your right to be
an indie developer"
May 2013 - 2013 Alliance for Community Media Conference Panel, San Francisco, CA -Free Speech
vs. Copyright: An Intersection or a Collision?...
April 2013 - AALS Transactional Clinical Conference, Austin, TX - Panelist for "Creating Lawyers as
Problem-Solvers, Appreciating the Risks and Benefits, Clinical Examples of Non-Traditional
Transactional Clinic Matters"
January 2013- New Media Expo 2013: Legal Ease: "What you should know to stay on the
right side of the law"
June 2012 - Panelist for "The Ins and Outs of Copyrights / Avoiding Copyright Infringement" at Vidcon
2012, Anaheim, California.
October 2011 Panelist at Media Law in the Digital Age conference co-produced by
Citizen Media Law Project at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society and
Kennesaw State's Center for Sustainable Journalism for session "Apps and Wireless: New Platforms for
Online Content Providers and Journalists"
...more about Art Neill:
[Art Neill contd.] Professional Background
Adjunct Professor of law at California Western School of Law
teaching the course Internet & Social Media Law.
Founder and Director of New Media Rights. October 2005 to Present.
Attorney for Utility Consumers' Action Network
> > >
and founder and director of New Media Rights. August 2006 to May 2012.
Law Clerk for Lorraine Donaldson. 2004-2005. Assisted with practice specialized in
Intellectual Property, particularly patent drafting.
Law Clerk for San Diego City Attorney's Office - Civil Division. Summer and Fall, 2004.
Work included American with Disabilities act, California Environmental Quality Act, among
many other cases.
LSAT Instructor for Kaplan, 2004.
Public Information Officer/Press Secretary for the Office of the Secretary of State of
Maryland. 2002-2003. Involved in Maryland redistricting based on 2000 Census, analysis
of electronic voting machines, and reform of Maryland's felony disenfranchisement laws,
among other duties.
Special Assistant to the Secretary of State of Maryland 2001-2002.
Director of Member Services for Mid-Atlantic LifeSpan, the largest non-profit
trade association of senior care providers in Maryland and the District of
Art is a native of Annapolis, MD
Job Title: Volunteer
Joined NMR in: March 2012
Shruti is an LLM graduate from George Washington University Law School with
specialization in Intellectual Property laws. Before coming to pursue her Masters degree,
she was practicing law in India. She is a young talented lawyer who persistently craves to
excel in whatever she undertakes with the requisite diligence. She strongly believes in the
efforts of new media and is excited to be a part of this creative family. Apart from being
dedicated at her work, Shruti is also a great dancer and loves to travel.
Read more about Shruti Joshi
Joined NMR in:
Lauren is a second year law student at California Western with an interest in IP – in
particular video game law, brand management, licensing, cyberspace & privacy law. She
has a Film Production degree from SDSU, where she was the producer of several student
films and music videos. Lauren is a self-proclaimed geek, playing video games in her
limited spare time to stay sane, as well as checking up daily on game-related legal
websites. She sincerely wants a puppy, but is happy to work towards the goal of passing
the bar as the prerequisite for obtaining that particular reward.
Read more about Lauren Hanley-Brady
Joined NMR in:
Avid gleek and Chicago sports enthusiast, Matt is a second year law student at California
Western School of Law in San Diego. Raised in Colorado, he moved to the Aloha State to
study Political Science and Religion at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. After completing
his B.A., Matt worked at the Hawaii State House of Representatives on the Education and
Hawaiian Affairs committees. His passions for public service and the film industry brought
him to New Media Rights. He believes that the protection of intellectual property is a
cornerstone of a thriving artistic community.
Read more about Matt Prellberg
Joined NMR in:
Previously a design major, Jordan gradually transitioned from print and web design into
online marketing and search engine optimization. Before attending law school Jordan
owned and managed an online marketing company, provided web development services
and consulting to online businesses. Now in the process of obtaining his law degree, he is
primarily focused on business law and intellectual property, and how they pertain to the
exciting new areas of online business, digital technology and social media.
Read more about Jordan Kohler
Joined NMR in:
Marko is entering his 2L year at California Western School of Law in San Diego where he
plans to focus on IP law and Business Organizations. He received his undergraduate
degree in Biology with a minor in chemistry at the University of San Diego. After
determining that Medicine was not his true passion he entered the work force and thrived
in the small business world helping two San Diego internet marketing companies grow
rapidly. He decided to return to school and get his law degree so ultimately he could
merge his passions and work for small businesses with unique ideas and help them grow.
In his free time Marko enjoys playing soccer, hockey, and tennis every week and tries to
find time to play his guitar as often as possible.
Read more about Marko Radisavljevic
Joined NMR in:
Before attending law school, Marlena was a public relations account manager for several
firms in Phoenix, Arizona. Realizing her true passion for helping people, Marlena entered
law school with the hopes of helping people turn their start-up dreams into thriving
businesses. Marlena has a special interest in media communications, as well as business
law, and is excited to help clients solve any legal issues they encounter. During her free
time she enjoys all outdoor sports and activities.
Read more about Marlena Balderas
Joined NMR in:
Originally from the Detroit area, Casey graduated from Michigan State University where he
double-majored in International Relations & Film Studies. Over the last few years, he's lived
in Portland, Seattle, New York City and London while working for various companies in the
media industry. Currently wrapping up his first year of law school at California Western,
he's now pursuing his interests in Public Interest and Intellectual Property law. Casey is
also an avid record collector and film enthusiast.