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Zachary Strebeck's Blog


Zachary C. Strebeck


Attorney – J.D./MDR Pepperdine University School of Law


Zachary Strebeck is a graduate of Pepperdine University School of Law, holding both J.D. and Masters of Dispute Resolution degrees. He has worked with crowdfunding startup Crowdfunder, film and television studio Lionsgate Entertainment, and film distribution house PorchLight Entertainment, as well as mediating in the Los Angeles County court system. He served as an associate producer and former guest on Entertainment Law Update, a podcast dedicated to legal happenings in the entertainment industry.


A former animator and game designer, Zachary has focused his practice on helping game creators and entrepreneurs like himself realize their dreams by ensuring that their legal needs don’t get in the way of their creative endeavors.


Zachary is an avid video gamer and board game player. He plays classical guitar, and has studied various martial arts, including Jeet Kune Do, Wing Chun Kung Fu, and Filipino Kali.

For more information on Zachary or to retain his services as an attorney, please visit his website or feel free to contact him.


Member Blogs

Game lawyer Zachary Strebeck looks at one potentially huge mistake that website owners and mobile game developers could make regarding the DMCA. Without registering an agent to receive takedown notices, they could end up liable for their users’ infringmen

Game lawyer Zachary Strebeck takes a look at Activision’s success in fighting off a right of publicity lawsuit by former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega.

Game lawyer Zachary Strebeck examines some of the ways that a trademark holder can lose their rights. These issues range from non-use to becoming generic, and are all dangerous if a mark is to maintain its distinctiveness.

Game attorney Zachary Strebeck looks at the threat of legal action by Indie Boards & Cards against a recently-funded Kickstarter project, Moriarty’s Machinations. Is it really a clone, or do the threats have no basis in the law?

Game lawyer Zachary Strebeck looks at two crucial mistakes to avoid when licensing another company's intellectual property. These include issues with the "chain of title" that should be addressed before they cause big trouble for a developer.

Game attorney Zachary Strebeck examines some of the case law surrounding the use of third-party trademarks in video games. While trademark protection is generally very strong, in these cases the First Amendment often reigns supreme.

Zachary Strebeck's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 11/24/2014 - 03:52]

Can someone point me to ...

Can someone point me to the lunatic gamer haters and the people who make others vow not to return to Gamasutra This site always seemed to have a balanced and thoughtful view on things. Or are people talking about community blogs

Comment In: [Blog - 10/20/2014 - 02:36]

Well, a poster on Board ...

Well, a poster on Board Game Geek gave me a description of the similarities to Resistance: Avalon, and it sounds like the games are nearly identical. I will update this post with info from that comment soon. r n r nIf so, and if these cases like the Bang /LOTK ...

Comment In: [Blog - 09/16/2014 - 02:31]

I 'd love to see ...

I 'd love to see a fair use case make it to a court, so we can see some stats on how many people just watch versus how many are going out and buying a game after watching Let 's Plays. r n r nThere was an article on here ...

Comment In: [Blog - 09/11/2014 - 01:28]

It COULD be okay, depending ...

It COULD be okay, depending on some of the factors above. r n r nThe better strategy might be to get previewers and other media to do it for you.

Comment In: [Blog - 09/03/2014 - 11:54]

Not sure. It 's never ...

Not sure. It 's never a likely outcome that it will go all the way. Even if it does, it 's only technically precedent in the 5th circuit. Other circuits and the Supreme Court may adopt the ruling/reasoning, but until then it only really affects that circuit TX, MS, LA ...

Comment In: [News - 09/03/2014 - 05:11]

I suppose that one question ...

I suppose that one question to ask is whether a preview of a game is an advertisement. This is why they have those disclaimers at the beginning saying that you 're looking at alpha footage. Everything 's going to be covered in legal disclaimers now