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Colin Sullivan is the founder and sole attorney at CrowdCounsel, a law firm focused on crowdfunding and intellectual property law.

 

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Posted by Colin Sullivan on Fri, 02 May 2014 08:20:00 EDT in Business/Marketing
The project creator's legal obligation to backers on Kickstarter is poorly defined.


Posted by Colin Sullivan on Sat, 14 Dec 2013 12:25:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Indie, Social/Online
Anger over the Content ID system should be directed at YouTube, not copyright law.



Colin Sullivan's Comments

Comment In: [News - 07/21/2014 - 04:18]

The contract drafting failure was ...

The contract drafting failure was particularly sad. I doubt they had a lawyer review the contracts, or ignored the lawyer 's advice, because to have 35k disappear is a spectacular drafting failure that should not have happened. It sounds like this was negotiated after the Kickstarter ended too, which is ...

Comment In: [News - 07/22/2014 - 07:53]

California lawyer here, but don ...

California lawyer here, but don 't rely on this as legal advice. r n r nI 'm pretty sure that artists and designers can be considered exempt. Different companies may choose not to utilize the exemption, but they fall under the Professional Exemption in California. They also only need a ...

Comment In: [News - 07/02/2014 - 07:09]

I think people are worried ...

I think people are worried about this more than necessary. r n r nThe ASA suggest that stating there are in-app purchases is enough to make it compliant. In addition, I sort of think if the add said free-to-play instead of FREE then it might have been a harder decision ...

Comment In: [Blog - 06/23/2014 - 07:55]

This is a big part ...

This is a big part of why I think crowdfunding has the potential to be much more important than just another funding source. Getting paid before you make something changes the dynamics so much, and free culture is one great result. r n r nAuthors and musicians have already done ...

Comment In: [News - 06/04/2014 - 05:25]

I don 't think refunds ...

I don 't think refunds after 6 months is realistic. That would kill developer cash flow, Steam is a store, not an escrow account. r n r nPerhaps Valve could step up and offer a refund on the 30 they took, but there is no way the developers using early ...

Comment In: [News - 05/14/2014 - 05:04]

I think there is a ...

I think there is a bit of a slowdown this year because of two issues. People are more careful about what they back generally because of failures and delays, and specifically for large projects because there are a number of them that were funded in 2012 that are just now ...