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New Media Rights - Free Legal Consultations

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Hi everyone!

We are New Media Rights, a nonprofit program that provides pro-bono (free) and low cost legal services to independent online creators and startups whose projects require specialized internet, intellectual property, privacy and media law expertise. We are one of the mid-level grantees, and we were specifically given the grant to help other Grant for the Web grantees with the legal aspects of your projects should you be interested in talking to an attorney about legal issues.

We are offering free 1-hour legal consultation sessions for Grant for the Web recipients and others who are involved in Web Monetization projects. After the consultation, appropriate projects may receive additional free or low-cost legal services. We are licensed attorneys based in California, which means that we might not be able to speak to the specific laws of other states. We also can only advise on US laws.

If you’re based in the US or encountering US legal questions, come talk to our team about your copyright and trademark concerns, contracts, and other legal issues you might encounter working with Web Monetization tech!

Should you need assistance, or are interested in signing up for a free consultation, please contact us via the contact form on our website (

Just some examples of the types of work that we do for creatives, developers, and startups:

*Preventative work (during the conceptual phase of the project)
*Transactional work (during the creation phase)
*Pre-publication review (to spot legal issues before publication / launch)
*Response to third party legal demands after publication/launch/distribution

These might include:

*advising on copyright, trademark, and data collection issues to know when you may need a lawyer or may need to change your approach at the concept state to comply with these laws
*drafting a terms of service and privacy policy before launching your online platform
*reviewing a documentary film for fair use or software for proper crediting of open licenses
*assisting with licensing requests / distribution contracts or bogus cease and desist letters

And again, our work -- even beyond a consultation -- would be subsidized under the grant.

Top comments (4)

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New Media Rights

Hi everyone,
The New Media Rights contact form is now closed for the rest of the year. But, the form will reopen on January 4th, 2021.

Should you need legal assistance (and your request does not require immediate attention) or are interested in a free consultation session with us, please contact us via our contact form link above when it reopens on January 4th.

If you require immediate legal assistance, please seek legal counsel from a private attorney or a legal clinic.

We wish you all a happy holiday season!

~Team NMR

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Catalina Goanta

Hi there! our project (monetizing philanthropy) also includes legal knowledge on content monetization. We should join forces and search for other folks who try to map the web of complicated laws applicable to this space!

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Chris Lawrence

With the caveat you may not know the international laws, are you still willing to do hour sessions with projects in other countries if they have general inquiries or need feedback?

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New Media Rights

Great question! Yes, we are open to chatting with projects in other countries, but we'd have to limit the conversation to US federal law or California state law.

Even if we cannot directly assist or speak to particular legal concerns, we may be able to direct projects to a legal clinic in their country that might be able to assist. For example, we have some ideas of resources and legal clinics in Europe, Australia, and Canada for projects in those countries to reach out to.