California Western School of Law’s New Media Rights (NMR)—a nonprofit clinical program that provides legal services to internet users, creators, and entrepreneurs—recently announced a partnership with the University of California (UC) to adapt NMR’s Fair Use App to help train UC faculty and staff system wide on copyright and fair-use matters.
“This partnership allows us to further our mission to ensure that all creators know and utilize their rights under fair use,” says California Western Professor Art Neill, New Media Rights’ executive director. “University of California is an important public institution that does vital educational, cultural, and scientific work. We’re thrilled that our app can help its faculty and staff understand and leverage copyright and fair use to achieve their goals.”
Craig Bentley, a managing instructional technologist at UC San Diego, is working with New Media Rights to adapt their Fair Use App into a system that will be used to help train faculty and staff across all University of California campuses.
“In designing educational videos for the UC system, all of our campuses are constantly faced with questions about fair use,” says Bentley. “The foundation of the Fair Use App developed by New Media Rights should help us deal with these issues much more effectively in the future.”
The majority of New Media Rights’ 2,500 clients over the last 10 years have required legal services surrounding copyright and fair use on film and video projects. NMR has used that firsthand experience to create and consistently improve their Fair Use App, which provides filmmakers and video creators with a practical tool for learning more about copyright law. Since its debut in 2015, it has been used daily by filmmakers across the planet.