100KIN10 | 100Kin10 is a networked approach to providing America’s classrooms with 100,000 excellent STEM teachers by 2021 while supporting tens of thousands more. Through unique, ambitious commitments, our 150+ partners are together fueling the creation of the next generation of innovators and problem solvers. The Clinic has helped 100kin10 to consider contractual and intellectual property issues related to its campaign to promote STEM education.
596 ACRES | 596 Acres builds online tools that neighbors can use to clear hurdles to community land access. These open-source tools turn city data into information about particular pieces of land and connect people to one another through simple social networking functions. The Cyberlaw Clinic has helped 596 Acres consider contractual, intellectual property, and technology law issues related to its effort to promote beneficial uses of vacant public land.
THE ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENTS IN RADIO | The Clinic supported the Association of Independents in Radio in addressing intellectual property questions relating to its Localore project. Localore builds on the groundwork laid by AIR’s previous Makers Quest 2.0 pilot program, which was the first experiment in placing producers at public broadcast institutions in an effort to lead the industry through the transition to a diversified public media. Through Localore, ten “Lead Producers” work in collaboration with local radio and television incubators to blend digital and traditional broadcast tools and platforms, thus expanding the reach of public media in local communities and establishing new capacity for research and development at stations.
COMMONLIT | CommonLit is a non-profit organization created at the Harvard Graduate School of Education by former teachers. The CommonLit team is united by the goal of increasing students’ exposure to excellent texts. CommonLit believes in the tranformative power of a great text, a great question, and a great teacher to inspire thinking, discussion, and creativity. It helps develop informed and engaged citizens by improving students’ reading, writing and speaking skills. CommonLit makes teachers’ lives easier through its research-based approach: collect high-quality texts, sort them by reading level, and categorize them by the questions students love to discuss. The Clinic has collaborated with CommonLit to address a variety of issues related to contracts and website terms and helping to guide organization’s use of text resources in its teaching materials.
DATAVERSE | The Dataverse Network Project develops software, protocols, and community connections for creating research data repositories that automate professional archival practices, guarantee long term preservation, and enable researchers to share, retain control of, and receive web visibility and formal academic citations for their data contributions. The Clinic has helped Dataverse work through issues around privacy and contracts with Dataverse users.
DEMAND ABOLITION | The Cyberlaw Clinic has advised Demand Abolition on a variety of matters relating to — among other things — legal compliance and intellectual property licensing. Demand Abolition seeks to eradicate the illegal commercial sex industry “by combating the demand for purchased sex.” The organization pursues a “multi-stakeholder national strategy” that has Demand Abolition “[w]orking closely with an active network of criminal justice professionals, survivors, practitioners, researchers, policymakers, corporate leaders, philanthropists, and media representatives.”
THE FREE MUSIC ARCHIVE | The Cyberlaw Clinic has done a number of projects with the Free Music Archive, an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads. The Free Music Archive is directed by WFMU, the most renowned freeform radio station in America. Radio has always offered the public free access to new music. The Free Music Archive is a continuation of that purpose, designed for the age of the Internet.
LONGFORM.ORG | The Cyberlaw Clinic has worked with Longform.org, which posts new and classic non-fiction articles, curated from across the web, that are too long and too interesting to be read on a web browser. The site offers access to content through its website and an iPad app that offers direct delivery of Longform.org picks and the ability to subscribe to features from dozens of magazines
MAYOR’S OFFICE OF NEW URBAN MECHANICS, BOSTON | The Cyberlaw Clinic provides legal support to the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, researching and advising on privacy issues associated with tools developed by the Office targeted at boosting educational outcomes. The Office of New Urban Mechanics serves as Boston’s “innovation incubator,” using technology and innovation to increase civic participation, improve infrastructure and improve education.
THE MµSEUM | The Mµseum is a space for showcasing masterful, engaging, and innovative work on an intimate scale with a focus on art being produced in New England. They work to make art physically and psychologically accessible by presenting it in a familiar, low-pressure environment, while bringing a sense of wonder to the urban landscape. The Clinic has collaborated with the Mµseum on trademark issues.
THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY | The Cyberlaw Clinic provides legal support to the New York Public Library, the second-largest public library in the United States (behind only the Library of Congress). The Clinic has advised NYPL regarding its NYPL’s MyLibraryNYC program, which “offers book delivery to schools, fine-free borrowing for educators and students, a shared catalog that searches the school collection as well as that of the public library, teacher sets curated around NYC Scope and Sequence, and access to the public libraries’ databases, downloadable books, music and movies.”
NOLLYWOOD WORKSHOPS | Nollywood Workshops is an alliance of individuals and organizations that see opportunity in the energy and influence of independent filmmaking. Through cross-cultural collaborations to build the technical capacities of filmmakers, the project aims to serve as a catalyst for elevating production values, priming the powerful engine of Nollywood. By bringing filmmakers together with local and international development organizations, the Nollywood Workshops creates partnerships to identify key issues and use the power of film as a driver for positive social change in Africa. The Clinic has collaborated with Nollywood Workshops on transactional and related projects geared to structuring productive and positive business arrangements for Nigerian filmmakers.
OPENCOURT | OpenCourt is a pilot project that experiments with how digital technologies can foster the openness of the American courts with the idea that more transparent courts make for a stronger democracy. By live-streaming video of court proceedings and setting up a WiFi network for use by journalists and bloggers, OpenCourt has provided full multimedia access to Quincy District Court just south of Boston.
PANGYRUS | Pangyrus is a Boston-based group of writers, editors, and creative professionals with a new vision for how high-quality writing can thrive on the internet. It aims to foster a community of creative individuals and organizations dedicated to art, ideas, and making culture thrive. The Cyberlaw Clinic has assisted Pangyrus with copyright and related legal issues relevant to online publishers.
PRX | PRX is an award-winning public media company that provides a content distribution platform for public radio producers and distribution and app development services for a wide range of clients in public media. The Clinic’s work with PRX has included negotiating and drafting contracts relating to PRX’s development of the Public Radio Player iPhone app.
RACING HORSE PRODUCTIONS / CODE OF THE WEST | The Cyberlaw Clinic worked with Racing Horse Productions and filmmaker Rebecca Richman Cohen on the 2012 documentary film, Code of the West. The film follows the 2011 Montana State Legislature as it debates the fate of medical marijuana. As the director herself says, she and her team “tried to capture the human story behind the legislative process of state-level marijuana policy reform – a messy, tangled affair that has implications for policy reform in other states as well as the democratic process in the nation at large.”
RECOVERS.ORG | Recovers makes “disaster response smarter by providing a lightweight, community-powered toolkit.” Through its website, recovers.org, the organizaiton helps communities with disaster preparedness and risk mitigation and with matching local resources with local needs in communities impacted by disasters.
REDACTED PICTURES | The Cyberlaw Clinic advised Redacted Pictures and directors Robb Moss and Peter Galison on a wide range of legal issues (including copyright issues) in connection with the production of the documentary film, “Containment.” The film concerns storage and disposition of radioactive wastes and the byproducts of nuclear power production. In Redacted’s own words, “Part observational essay filmed in weapons plants, Fukushima and deep underground — and part graphic novel — Containment weaves between an uneasy present and an imaginative, troubled far future, exploring the idea that over millennia, nothing stays put.”
SHARIASOURCE | SHARIAsource is an initiative of Harvard Law School’s Islamic Legal Studies Program that will provide an online portal of credible resources and analysis on Islamic law. SHARIAsource aims to be the go-to site for researchers, journalists, and policymakers, as well as generally interested readers seeking to grasp the basics and the complexities of Islamic law—a frequently recurring topic in news and policy circles. The portal will accomplish this goal by collecting primary sources (cases, legislation, and fatwas) about Islamic law, and offering credible, scholarly analysis about them. The Clinic has assisted SHARIASource in navigating copyright and related issues relevant to the aggregation and posting of content online.
STOPBADWARE | The Clinic has supported the efforts of StopBadware, a project formerly based at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and now operating as a standalone 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. StopBadware makes the Web safer through the prevention, mitigation, and remediation of badware websites. Its work protects people and organizations from becoming victims of viruses, spyware, scareware, and other badware. StopBadware is the only not for profit organization focused on protecting the public from badware websites.