IP Law for Video Game Developers

California Lawyers for The Arts | Berkeley, CA | December 14th, 2017

7:00pm - 8:30pm PST

This workshop will focus on video game law from the perspective of an independent developer. We will cover legal issues related to game creation and protection as well as the developer/publisher relationship. Specifically we will discuss IP creation, registration, and protections, employment and independent contractor agreements, works made for hire, and major provisions in a publishing agreement. Also valuable for creative artists who want to sell their music, art, designs, etc. into the video game market.

Dave Murphy, Esq. is Corporate Counsel at Sony Interactive Entertainment where he supports the company’s Santa Monica and San Diego Studios, focusing mainly on contract and intellectual property law issues. Dave began his legal career as a solo intellectual property and entertainment law attorney before spending three years working in house at Kabam, a free-to-play, mobile gaming company. He has worked extensively with California Lawyers for the arts, as an intern, a law fellow, a member of the organization’s solo attorney incubator program, and is currently a CLA pro bono panel attorney. Dave serves as an Executive Committee Member for the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of California and as the Chair of that group’s Entertainment and Sports Law Interest Group.

Omar Abdelwahed is a producer, engineer and writer and currently Head of Studio for SoftBank Robotics America. Omar has more than 15 years experience leading teams for large video game publishers including Ubisoft and 2K; social games startup, PLAYSTUDIOS; and retailers such as Best Buy and Musicland. Omar's work includes the free-to-play shooter, "Ghost Recon Online", and the biggest NBA video game franchise, "NBA2K". Omar recently founded the independent games developer, Agent Disco, and has published his first mobile game, "The Null Society".




General Admission: $20 Online (+ Processing Fees).

CLA Members: $10 Online (+ Processing Fees). Requires Member Access Code.

CLA Senior Members $5 Online (+ Processing Fees). Requires Member Access Code.

CLA Student Members $5 Online (+ Processing Fees). Requires Member Access Code.

[$10 Extra At-the-Door]

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