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.
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.
Back in May, Valve changed its content policy to crack down on visual novels containing adult content. Just a few weeks later, Valve again changed its policy to allow anything that isn't "illegal" or "straight-up trolling." Let's talk about the law stuff:
If you've been paying attention, you may have seen press coverage of the ESA's opposition to a proposed change to the Digital Millenium Copyright Act.
So, what is ESA arguing about? Who are they arguing with? Why is this happening?
What do you do if your video game art is being used in advertisements without your permission? You've got a few options, but they depend on how it's being used and what your goal is.
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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 ...