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.
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 team members and what to look out for when someone else is hiring you (or your company)
Intellectual Property: Copyright and Trademarks; protecting your game, and making sure you aren't infringing other people's work
Fundraising - From Kickstarter to equity financing, what you should consider before you dive in and what's required when you do
Chris Reid has been working on Intellectual Property and Technology law his entire legal career and has been exclusively serving game developers in his practice for the last two years. He will walk the class through the life of a startup indie developer, pointing out the legal issues that crop up at each stage, 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.
**Must bring your own laptop**
About the Instructor
Chris Reid is a lifelong gamer who has transferred his passion for games to his law practice, where he specializes in serving and representing game developers. Chris studied the intersection of IP and technology at Fordham Law School, going on to work in patent litigation at Ropes & Gray LLP in New York before leaving to start his own practice. Chris combines his legal experience and analysis with a keen understanding of the games industry to help advise developers and game creators on a broad range of legal issues. A frequent speaker and advocate on gaming legal issues, Chris has organized discussion panels and legal education classes for developers and is one of the sponsors of the New York Gaming Meetup. Chris' builds lasting relationships with his clients by helping them navigate complex legal problems so that they can focus on making great games.