A quick guide to eSports business and law (in 20 minutes)

I was invited to speak at Casual Connect Europe this month, where I gave an overview of what I consider to be some of the most interesting considerations in eSports business (and a bit of law). You can the slides here: eSports business and law (in 20 minutes) from Jas Purewal For email recipients, check… Continue reading A quick guide to eSports business and law (in 20 minutes)

Season’s greetings!

It’s coming to the end of the year and you know what that means…yes, it’s another bad holiday legal joke! Here we go…(oh, and happy holidays/best wishes for 2016!)  

Displaying inappropriate ads in a children’s game is a bad idea (but it’ll happen anyway)

Earlier this month, the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority issued a ruling against Mobjizz Limited, owner of Ewank.com (an adult services provider) for displaying adult ads in Talking Tom (owned by Outfit7), the popular mobile app that is particularly popular with young children as a kind of game.)  The adult ads apparently involved three nearly naked women.  The… Continue reading Displaying inappropriate ads in a children’s game is a bad idea (but it’ll happen anyway)

Some legal thoughts on Take Two vs the BBC over Grand Theft Auto

News broke last week that Take Two, the rights holder to Grand Theft Auto (both as its publisher and as owner of Rockstar Games, its developer), will take legal action against the BBC in the UK over the BBC’s forthcoming TV drama Game Changer – which is all about the story of how Grand Theft Auto was… Continue reading Some legal thoughts on Take Two vs the BBC over Grand Theft Auto

The top 10 legal mistakes by games developers

I was honoured to give the first talk at Rezzed 2015 in London earlier this month, where I gave a short practical talk about the top 10 legal mistakes that games developers frequently make, why they are mistakes and what to do about them.  Here’s the slides below – enjoy! [Newsletter readers, you can find… Continue reading The top 10 legal mistakes by games developers

A practical legal guide to owning your own IP

One of my most frequently encountered – and important – jobs as a digital entertainment lawyer is to advise on intellectual property ownership: who owns which bits of this great game/software/artwork/video/audio etc? This comes up so often, and from time to time can cause such controversy in the press, that I thought I might write some quick pointers… Continue reading A practical legal guide to owning your own IP