Introducing 20 Contract Questions…

UPDATE: thanks to Twitter, there’s been a burst of activity about this section of Gamer/Law.  Part 5 of this 20 part series is coming later this week!

Contracts are pretty important in any games or tech business (or any business at all for that matter). I spend at least half of each working day working on contracts or answering questions about them, in fact. But they can be complicated: lots of time and money is spent getting them right as well as fighting over them when they go wrong.  Just as importantly, in my experience a lot of time that SHOULD be spent on making a contracts work isn’t spent on it at all, with consequences for the contract and the business down the line.  Unfortunately, the games and digital media industries aren’t immune to this: in fact, being such a young industry, contract problems come up all the time. 

So, I thought I’d write a series of posts specifically about contracts, which I’m going to call “20 Contract Questions” (with a hat-tip to Nicholas Lovell here, who started me thinking about a series like this after I saw his 50 finance/VC questions series together with Nic Brisbourne, as well as to Will Luton of Mobile Pie for some recent tweets about the importance of contracts). 

Anyway- the first few posts are going to be about contracts generally and the remainder will be about specific legal issues you’ll commonly come up against when dealing with a contract. Here they are:

  1. What is a contract?
  2. How do I get to the contract stage?
  3. How do I read and write a contract?
  4. What does this contract mean?
  5. How should I negotiate a contract?
  6. How do I change or renew my contract?
  7. How do I say what I want them to do?
  8. What should I say about IP in the contract?
  9. How should the financial stuff work in my contracts?
  10. Allocating risk part 1: representations and warranties
  11. Allocating risk part 2: indemnities and limitation of liability
  12. How do I keep things confidential?
  13. What are boilerplate clauses?
  14. What do I do if someone breaches my contract?
  15. How do I terminate a contract?
  16. What does governing law mean?
  17. What is dispute resolution?
  18. Contracts you need, part 1
  19. Contracts you need, part 2
  20. So what were you trying to tell me? A contracts checklist

Follow us at http://www.twitter.com/gamerlaw or subscribe to our email updates here

16 comments

  1. My spouse and i have been quite glad Albert could complete his studies from the ideas he was given using your site. It is now and again perplexing just to possibly be giving out tricks which other folks may have been making money from. We really remember we need the writer to give thanks to for that. The entire explanations you made, the straightforward website menu, the friendships you will aid to create – it is many fabulous, and it’s aiding our son in addition to us feel that this topic is interesting, and that is wonderfully fundamental. Thanks for the whole lot!

  2. I definitely wanted to send a note to express gratitude to you for all the stunning information you are writing here. My incredibly long internet research has finally been honored with really good content to write about with my relatives. I ‘d assert that most of us readers are extremely blessed to dwell in a useful community with very many special professionals with beneficial concepts. I feel rather grateful to have encountered your entire weblog and look forward to many more fabulous times reading here. Thank you once again for all the details.

  3. I want to get across my passion for your kindness supporting persons that really need assistance with this one field. Your personal commitment to getting the solution up and down had become extraordinarily useful and have in every case empowered somebody just like me to attain their desired goals. Your own interesting information implies this much to me and somewhat more to my mates. Regards; from each one of us.

  4. Thank you a lot for giving everyone remarkably spectacular chance to discover important secrets from this web site. It is usually very terrific and also packed with fun for me personally and my office fellow workers to search your site no less than thrice a week to learn the latest stuff you have got. Not to mention, I am also usually happy with the very good strategies you serve. Certain 2 ideas in this post are basically the best we have all ever had.

  5. I together with my buddies were found to be checking the best helpful hints on your site and then the sudden I got a horrible suspicion I never expressed respect to the blog owner for those strategies. Most of the women are actually for this reason passionate to see all of them and already have in truth been making the most of them. We appreciate you truly being very accommodating and also for picking some marvelous subject matter millions of individuals are really wanting to be aware of. My personal honest apologies for not expressing appreciation to sooner.

  6. My spouse and i felt very contented that Ervin could do his analysis from the precious recommendations he received using your web pages. It’s not at all simplistic to simply continually be freely giving guides some other people have been selling. So we take into account we’ve got you to thank because of that. All the explanations you made, the simple website navigation, the relationships you aid to foster – it’s got everything incredible, and it’s letting our son in addition to our family feel that that content is pleasurable, and that’s truly serious. Many thanks for all!

  7. I must express my appreciation to the writer for bailing me out of this difficulty. As a result of surfing around through the the net and obtaining techniques that were not powerful, I figured my entire life was well over. Living without the presence of solutions to the difficulties you have sorted out as a result of your website is a critical case, and the kind which could have negatively affected my career if I had not come across your web page. Your good natural talent and kindness in dealing with all the things was priceless. I’m not sure what I would’ve done if I hadn’t come upon such a thing like this. I am able to at this time relish my future. Thanks so much for the expert and result oriented guide. I won’t be reluctant to recommend the sites to any individual who wants and needs tips on this area.

  8. Thank you for each of your labor on this blog. Gloria really loves managing research and it is simple to grasp why. All of us learn all regarding the dynamic ways you present both useful and interesting techniques via this web blog and as well as increase contribution from other people about this article and my princess is truly being taught a lot of things. Enjoy the remaining portion of the year. Your conducting a tremendous job.

  9. My husband and i were now ecstatic that Albert could carry out his basic research through the precious recommendations he came across from your own web page. It is now and again perplexing just to be handing out tips and hints which often people today might have been selling. And we also do understand we need you to appreciate for this. These illustrations you have made, the straightforward website navigation, the friendships you aid to engender – it is mostly sensational, and it’s really facilitating our son and the family imagine that this content is amusing, which is certainly truly fundamental. Many thanks for the whole lot!

  10. A lot of thanks for each of your effort on this blog. My aunt enjoys setting aside time for investigations and it is easy to see why. A lot of people hear all about the compelling mode you provide priceless suggestions via your blog and as well as recommend contribution from other ones on the idea plus our favorite girl is truly discovering a lot. Take pleasure in the remaining portion of the year. You are always carrying out a terrific job.

  11. I have to convey my gratitude for your generosity giving support to those people who must have assistance with that subject. Your special commitment to getting the message around came to be extremely interesting and have continuously encouraged employees just like me to realize their endeavors. Your personal important tutorial entails this much to me and somewhat more to my fellow workers. Regards; from all of us.

  12. I want to show my appreciation to the writer for bailing me out of this particular circumstance. Right after looking throughout the online world and getting suggestions which are not helpful, I figured my life was done. Being alive without the presence of solutions to the issues you have solved by way of the post is a serious case, as well as ones that would have badly affected my career if I had not noticed your blog post. Your good mastery and kindness in touching all the details was useful. I am not sure what I would’ve done if I hadn’t encountered such a subject like this. I can at this time look forward to my future. Thanks a lot so much for this high quality and result oriented help. I won’t think twice to refer your site to any individual who needs to have care about this area.

  13. I simply wished to thank you so much yet again. I am not sure the things I could possibly have created without the opinions discussed by you concerning this subject matter. Completely was an absolute distressing matter for me personally, nevertheless taking note of your specialized approach you treated it took me to leap for happiness. I will be thankful for your work and then pray you recognize what a powerful job you were getting into educating the rest through your webpage. I’m certain you’ve never got to know any of us.

  14. I precisely had to thank you very much once again. I am not sure the things that I might have sorted out without these creative ideas discussed by you directly on such a question. It was actually a troublesome circumstance for me personally, nevertheless finding out a new specialised technique you handled that took me to weep over fulfillment. I will be happy for the information and then have high hopes you comprehend what a powerful job you happen to be doing instructing the mediocre ones via a web site. Most probably you’ve never got to know any of us.

  15. I intended to compose you the little bit of note in order to say thanks a lot yet again about the superb tactics you’ve provided above. It was certainly strangely open-handed with people like you to make without restraint what exactly a lot of folks might have offered for sale as an electronic book to help with making some cash on their own, certainly given that you might have done it in case you desired. Those creative ideas as well served like a great way to fully grasp the rest have the same interest the same as my own to learn a great deal more when it comes to this issue. I am sure there are several more enjoyable times in the future for those who looked at your blog.

  16. My spouse and i felt so thankful when Louis managed to deal with his survey through the entire precious recommendations he discovered from your web pages. It’s not at all simplistic just to be offering instructions which often most people could have been trying to sell. So we fully understand we’ve got the website owner to give thanks to for this. The type of illustrations you made, the straightforward blog menu, the friendships you will help foster – it’s mostly fantastic, and it’s really aiding our son in addition to us reckon that this subject is awesome, which is certainly highly vital. Many thanks for the whole lot!

Comments are closed.