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Always Creating? Free Talk on Protecting Your Intellectual Property at MNN on August 20th!

Events, Media Policy, MNN El Barrio Firehouse By Lee Walker Helland

These days, it's easier than ever to distribute your work to audiences near and far. That means it's also easier than ever for someone to steal it, change it or call it their own. Join us at the MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center on Wednesday, August 20th at 6:30 pm for a FREE talk by Firehouse Producer Nadia Munoz on how to protect your intellectual property in the U.S. The session will cover the fundamentals of copyright, trademark, trade dress and patent rules. RSVP here!

NYC's de Blaz Backs MNN, BRIC, and NYC Community Media

Community Media, Media Policy, News and Views By Linda Romano

Mayor Bill de Blasio callied for NY State regulators to impose tough conditions on the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable mega merger, saying that the $45 billion deal must include “meaningful and stable support” for Public, Educational and Government (PEG) Access TV. The mayor stood not only with New York City’s vibrant public access organizations, but also with many community leaders who voiced strong support for the role these centers play in helping to bridge the digital divide and ensure a media landscape that includes diverse, local voices.

In a stinging rebuke to incumbent cable giant Time Warner Cable, de Blasio wrote that, “TWC’s lackluster history of supporting [community] providers – which provide unparalleled opportunities for media education and content production for City residents – raises serious questions about whether the newly-merged entity will partner effectively with these institutions...

Ahead of Mega Merger, MNN and BRIC Highlight Value of Community Access Organizations

Community Media, Media Policy By Linda Romano

Leaders of the City’s largest community media organizations urged New York State officials to ensure that vital local media education and technology services are preserved and strengthened as part of the proposed mega merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable.

In an editorial published by the New York Daily News, BRIC President Leslie Schultz and MNN President & CEO Dan Coughlin called on state officials to “hold the newly merged companies accountable to the needs of New Yorkers and ensure their newfound market power will not cause them to forget the spirit and letter of their commitments to New Yorkers.”

In the Empire State, Time Warner Cable serves more than 50 percent of the state’s cable TV households, including 65 percent of homes in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island.

 “We are the home of new music, local dance companies, poets and dreamers,” wrote MNN’s Coughlin and BRIC’s Schultz. “We connect the sick with special services, offer advice to those with legal problems...