I just read about Disney deciding to pull NimbleBit’s excellent Tiny Death Star from the Apple and Google Play app stores, apparently without prior warning to NimbleBit. So I thought I’d write a few thoughts on what should a developer do to make it less likely that a a publisher can pull the developer’s game. Here goes…
Welcome again to my ongoing 20 Contract Questions series. The most recent two posts were on learning about what a contract means and how to negotiate a contract. In this post, we’ve now put the contract in place, but want to know more about changing or renewing it. Let’s start by explaining why you need… Continue reading 20 Contract Questions: how do I change or renew my contract?
In the previous post of this 20 Contract Questions series, we talked about understanding how to read a contract and what it means. Before that, we’ve talked about what a contract is, how you get to the contract stage, and how to read and write a contract. In this post we’re going to discuss some tips… Continue reading 20 Contract Questions: how should I negotiate a contract?
Tech and games companies love non disclosure agreements. Particularly enthusiastic companies tend to scatter them around like confetti. Frequently you have to sign them just to walk into a big tech company’s lobby these days. But NDAs are often misunderstood or used in the wrong way – which can have serious legal consequences. Besides which,… Continue reading How to use Non Disclosure Agreements properly
Last year I gave a lecture at the Gamer Tech Law conference in Seattle with the rather ambitious title of “Going Global: legal and business issues for international games development and distribution”. As you can imagine, that’s a lot to cover – even in a lecture directed at other lawyers. Anyway, below is the lecture… Continue reading An international legal guide to games development and distribution
Here’s my presentation from a recent Osborne Clarke Interactive Entertainment Legal Forum – hope you find it helpful: EULAs and Terms of Service: what works and what doesn’t
We’ve talked in previous posts about what a contract is, how to structure it and how to read and write one. This post is about understanding what clauses in a contract, and the contract overall, means. This is known in the law as contract ‘interpretation’ or ‘construction’.
I write EULAs and T&Cs. A lot – either from scratch or improving an existing one. I try to make them better – simpler, easier to read, more enforceable, more engaging with readers. Like the one I helped make for Garry’s Mod. But too often it seems like there’s an enormous countervailing legal tide in… Continue reading How can we make EULAs and T&Cs better?
This is the third of my series of posts called 20 Contract Questions, addressing some of the most commonly asked contract questions I’m asked as well as the key matters I think you need to know to help you negotiate and manage a contract successfully. So we’ve talked previously about what a contract is and… Continue reading 20 Contract Questions: how do I read and write a contract?
This is the second of my series of posts called 20 Contract Questions, addressing some of the most commonly asked contract questions I’m asked as well as the key matters I think you need to know to help you negotiate and manage a contract successfully. So, we talked last time around about what a contract… Continue reading 20 Contract Questions: how do I get to the contract stage?