New Media Rights Executive Director Art Neill’s passion for consumer advocacy was recognized this week with his appointment to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Consumer Advisory Committee. The FCC committee works to serve the interests of consumers by soliciting their input during the regulatory process and working to improve consumer access to modern communications services.
Neill, who often takes part in regulatory proceedings at the FCC and U.S. Copyright Office, looks forward to bringing New Media Rights’ consumer-first approach to the committee.
“Our appointment to the FCC’s Consumer Advisory Committee gives us a place where we can share the concerns of internet users and consumers directly with regulators,” said Neill. “Good public policy starts with actually knowing what’s happening on the ground. New Media Rights focuses its efforts on helping a variety of consumers and creators often left out of conversations about public policy that affects them.”
New Media Rights recently defended San Francisco artist Jonathan McIntosh in a copyright dispute with Lionsgate Entertainment over the unlawful takedown of McIntosh’s popular “Buffy vs. Edward: Twilight Remixed” video. The program also offers copyright, licensing, and trademark expertise to internet users, and advises consumers on how protect their privacy while using a smart phone.
In addition to providing a much-needed voice for consumers on the FCC committee, Neill is excited about the hands-on training opportunities his appointment will create for California Western students interested in practicing internet and media law.
“The Committee tackles a variety of subjects, from broadband internet accessibility to improving consumers’ interaction with the FCC,” said Neill. “Through this work, New Media Rights legal interns will have an opportunity to be exposed to the regulatory and policy side of the one-to-one work they’re doing with NMR.”
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