Why Register a Trademark When You Just Offer Services And/Or You’re Just a Nobody?

I was recently talking with a friend about a situation that is likely all too common: a small-time development company picked a name for themselves and received a cease & desist letter for the use of their company name once they started getting some publicity. This post explores a hypothetical situation and options you could have if […]

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Working with Others on Your Game – The Risky Business of Being in a Partnership vs a LLC

If you are working (or worked) on a game with one or more people, with the intent to earn money from it (at some point), you might already be in a partnership, which can carry some serious financial risk to you if things go really well (or really poorly). Creating partnership agreements (documents outlining the […]

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Privacy Policies, Terms of Service & EULAs – Oh My!

If you intend to release your game on an app store, provide content to users, or collect data from users on your site, you’re going to run into the need for at least two of the three policies above, if not all three. Do you know what they do or how they differ? If so, […]

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Where To Find Affordable Legal Assistance—And No, I Don’t Mean Legal Zoom

As a developer, newbie or otherwise, you’ll eventually get to the point where you realize you want to release your game in some way or another. At that point in time, if not much–MUCH–sooner, you’re hopefully going to consider whether you need some sort of legal documents or protections in place before you go full […]

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DMCA Takedown For What?

DMCA Takedowns…ugh, right? If you’ve never been on the receiving end of one, it tends to prompt you to look up copyright law and figure out what the hell just happened. Since most people on the takedown side tend to know what the DMCA is all about and are actively monitoring their works online, this […]

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Fair Use In Video Games – Part 2: Fair Use by Users and Devs

Welcome to Part 2!   My heart sings with…actually, my voice is bad enough, you don’t need to know how my heart sings, knowing you’ve returned for more torture.   Fair Use By Game Users What is most often copied by users is either gameplay footage or characters/storylines, rather than making other games with copyrighted […]

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Fair Use in Video Games – Part 1: Fair Use Basics

Fair Use in Video Games – Part 1: Fair Use Basics   ‘Fair use’ is generally in reference to copyright law, as fair use in trademark law is much simpler and far more literal. To say the least, fair use is a heavy hitter in copyright law—meaning it’s a complicated subject, but because it potentially […]

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Should You Register with the Writer’s Guild of America West or the Copyright Office?

First things first–it may seem like I’m hating on the Writer’s Guild in this post, but I don’t mean to—it’s an awesome organization that provides tons of great opportunities and services which benefit its members. This post is more about addressing my issues with how a certain professor of mine would tell us, as film […]

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