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

Why DMCA and trademark protection is a no-brainer: the Darkest Dungeon scam

I just saw an interesting story on Eurogamer: the developer of Darkest Dungeon, a popular new indie game, has hit out at a clearly fake version of its game on the Windows Games Store.  The developer is said to have reached out to Microsoft for help.  I’m sure they will oblige in due course. I… Continue reading Why DMCA and trademark protection is a no-brainer: the Darkest Dungeon scam

Jas on Quora

I’ve been on Quora, the questions-and-answers social network for a while.  I really like it.  I’ve answered a bunch of questions on it, I read it even more than I post answers on it, and I’ve started working with some great people through it.  I thought you might find some of these interactions useful so… Continue reading Jas on Quora

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Don’t leave money on the (legal) table

When you’re contracting with someone else, think wider than your product’s immediate revenue stream potential. That’s what I want to write about in this post. We see too many contracts where the product owner is partnering up with another guy without thinking as far as he/she could about what the value they’re giving away. Let’s say… Continue reading Don’t leave money on the (legal) table

A beginner’s guide to IP in games

Hi everyone.  Earlier this week I went along to Dundee, Scotland for the Digital Spark conference and delivered a session on a beginner’s guide to IP in games.  I made a Prezi for the session and thought you might like to see it, so here it is: http://prezi.com/ynsvjg5hgpc6/a-beginners-guide-to-ip-in-games-jas-purewal-osborne-clarke/. Please feel free to have a look over… Continue reading A beginner’s guide to IP in games

Take Control of Your (Legal) Destiny

This is an opinion post about the need for tech businesses of all kinds to do their part in ensuring that the legal system regulates them fairly, but doesn’t ruin their business. The genesis of this post comes from this Telegraph article about comments made by Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, which I encourage everyone to… Continue reading Take Control of Your (Legal) Destiny

Patents and the mobile/games industry

This post represents my personal views – not those of my employer. Patents are suddenly causing problems in the mobile games industry – this is what you need to know about it. What’s been happening: Lodsys vs the app developers This year has seen a sudden spike in patent lawsuits/threats against businesses in the mobile… Continue reading Patents and the mobile/games industry

Demystifying copyright and games

This post was originally published on GAMESbrief. If you want to protect your games, you need to understand copyright law. It’s that simple. The problem is that many people get pretty hot under the collar about copyright law and think it does a lot more than it actually does. So, this post is about what… Continue reading Demystifying copyright and games