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Legal Basics for Game Developers

IGDA Chicago

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)

Legal Basics for Game Developers

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Are you a Chicago Area video game developer, artist, student, or hobbyist? Do you have an amazing project that you’d like to legally protect and market? Do you have questions about how legal frameworks apply to the unique medium of video games? You’re in luck.

The IGDA Chicago proudly presents: Legal Basics for Game Developers.


This academic panel will discuss and explain the most common legal pitfalls for those who make games. Local legal minds and organizers of the Chicago Video Game Law Summit, Ross A. Hersemann and Suzanne Jackiw, will explain copyrights, trademarks, the right of publicity, and basic contract principles as they apply to the game industry.


Following their presentation, Ross and Suzanne will field questions* from the audience.


Ross A. Hersemann is a writer, gamer, and attorney licensed to practice in Illinois. He is the founder of the Video Game Law Society at the John Marshall Law School and operates the video game law blawg Loading Law. Ross has contributed articles to IGDA Perspectives, Legati Law, and Game Dev Law. Ross serves on the board of the Video Game Art Gallery, and routinely volunteers with the IGDA Chicago and Chicago Loot Drop. Ross has given talks on game law at EPXCON, the Ohio Game Developers Expo, and numerous conventions devoted to video games and Pop Culture.

You can follow Ross at and RHersemann@LoadingLaw


Suzanne Jackiw is a recent graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law, and a Founder of Her primary focus is on Business and Intellectual Property issues as they relate to Video Game Law. Suzanne has written articles on the legal issues of game development for the Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society, The SciTech Lawyer, the IGDA, and the Patent Arcade. She also currently writes for Game Dev Law and Loading Law. She has experience in general practice firm law and video game business development. Suzanne currently speaks at conferences on video game law.

You can follow Suzanne at and Zed@ZedtheGamer


*This panel is for educational purposes only. It is not and should not be construed as legal advice, only legal information. No attorney client privilege exists between the audience and the presenter(s). If you have any specific legal questions as applies to any of the issues presented, contact an attorney licensed to practice in your area. DO NOT ask the presenter any specific questions about your own game, project, or artwork. Such questions will be declined.

Have questions about Legal Basics for Game Developers? Contact IGDA Chicago

When & Where

DePaul CDM
243 S. Wabash
Room 924
Chicago, IL 60604

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)

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IGDA Chicago

IGDA Chicago has been a chapter of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) since 2001. We are comprised of entrepreneurs, developers, teachers, industry professionals, and combinations of all of the above. We are people passionate about Chicago, about games, and about improving the game development community of Chicago.

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