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Brandon Huffman's Blog

 

Brandon is an attorney focused on representing technology and media clients in business, intellectual property, content clearance, privacy, commercial contracts, employment and internet regulatory matters. Why? Because of a passion for creativity and technology. Brandon is a so-so visual artist, a lousy programmer and a pretty-okay film editor, but he is a great lawyer. He keeps an old comic by Barbara Smaller that features a little boy in a cowboy outfit telling his father “Well if I can’t be a cowboy, I’ll be a lawyer for cowboys.” The creative and innovative clients Brandon serves are his cowboys.

Brandon volunteers as general counsel to the International Game Developers’ Association, the largest trade organization focused on supporting individual game developers. In early 2017, he was awarded the IGDA’s MVP award. He is also active in the North Carolina, Wake County and American Bar Associations, is on the board of Triangle ArtWorks (a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the arts economy) and the small business advisory council of North Carolina DHHS Vocational Rehabilitation Services, which works to enable individuals with disabilities through entrepreneurship.

When he is not working, Brandon spends time with his wife and son and their three dogs. He also accompanies his wife on her pilgrimages to Walt Disney World, attends various digital media user groups and industry events, draws, paints and tinkers in the family garage. Oh, and sometimes there is time leftover to play a video game or two.

 

Member Blogs

Recently, a lawmaker in Pennsylvania proposed a law to tax the sale of video games rated M or AO by ESRB at 10%. Can states legally do this?


2018 was an eventful year from a legal perspective in the video game industry. At Odin Law and Media, here’s what we’re anticipating to see as growing legal challenges in this space in the new year.


Diligence is the process by which a prospective buyer or investor looks at a company in order to decide whether or not to invest or buy. Here is an example diligence request list.


So the company didn’t work out. It happens. With all of the recent studio closures, I thought I would put together this brief guide to shutting down.


The goal of the Copyright Directive is to hold platforms with user content, like YouTube and Facebook, liable for copyright infringement. Or in the video game world, sites and communities like Roblox, VR Chat, Minecraft and others might be impacted.


This year I gave a presentation on video games and the First Amendment at Casual Connect USA. This is Part 1: Introduction and Background. Parts 2-3, coming very soon, will cover the basics of what the First Amendment says, and what it protects.



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Alex, Thanks for commenting And ...

Alex, Thanks for commenting And thank you for engaging specifically with the article and the issues. I think the ESA is overreaching a bit on their opposition, but I also think the proposed exemption goes farther than it needs to in order to support your mission with as little affect ...