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Class: Legal Issues for Game Developers 101 (Free)

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Running your own game studio is hard enough without worrying about the host of legal needs every game developer encounters as they build their company. Come join Chris, a New York Gaming Attorney as he walks you through what every Developer should know about legal issues, but is afraid to ask.




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Chris will walk the class through the most common practical legal issues that game developers encounter, from starting a company through post-launch, with plenty of time along the way for questions. After the presentation, he will field any other general or specific questions to help developers get a handle on what they need to look out for.




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  • Company Formation - Setting up a business entity and working with co-founders

  • CONTRACTS! - What to look out for, when will you need them? Why is it in capital letters? The documents you need when hiring contractors, developing for someone else, working with a publisher and more!

  • Intellectual Property - Copyright, Trademarks and more; Understand the different types of IP and how to protect your game;

  • Infringement - how do you avoid it and how do you deal with others infringing your work or trademarks?

  • Privacy - You may not think you need a privacy policy, but you do. Find out what developers need to know about privacy issues




About the Instructor

Chris Reid is the Founding Partner at Chris Reid Law, a Game Industry and creative tech specialized law firm in Brooklyn. Chris was destined to be a games lawyer at age 6, when his older brother forced him to sign an unfair “contract” forbidding him from touching the family’s video game floppy disks. Chris now runs a firm dedicated to helping gaming, tech and creative businesses navigate not just bad contracts, but all the legal issues facing a business.

He began his legal career working for the Legal Aid Society, representing low-income tenants in Brooklyn housing court. He then worked several years as an intellectual property law associate with Ropes & Gray LLP, where he represented leading technology, automotive, pharmaceutical, biomedical and software companies on a variety of complex litigation and transactional intellectual property matters.

In early 2013, Chris was inspired by the explosion of indie game development and started his own creative and technology law firm in Brooklyn, New York dedicated to helping gaming, tech and creative businesses navigate modern legal issues. As a gamer himself, his original goal was to provide affordable legal help for developers and games industry professionals. He quickly expanded his services to startup counsel, company formation law, and much more, realizing that creatives and tech companies of all stripes faced similar issues and deserved access to personalized and affordable legal help.

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