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

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