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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

With the independence day holiday earlier this month, there has been a lot of discussion of revolt and rebellion. One of the biggest acts of rebellion for an employee at an established game studio is quitting to start a new studio.


This past weekend, Twitch streamers have received a large number of DMCA takedown requests for alleged music copyright violations in clips that were created in the past three years. But why is this happening? And why now?


At the very beginning of 2019, we made predictions as to what we would see growing and changing in the video games industry from a legal perspective. Here’s our predictions for 2020 and looking back at where we were right (and wrong) last year.


On January 1st, 2020, California’s AB5 Labor Bill will go into effect and will prevent many companies from treating their workers as independent contractors.


A bill was introduced in the US Senate dubbed The Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act. It is a misguided attempt to regulate loot boxes and pay-to-win mechanics out of the video game industry. Here's an overview on how it might affect you.


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?



Brandon Huffman's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 09/24/2019 - 10:39]

Thanks for this. You are ...

Thanks for this. You are correct. The original draft of this was written and posted prior to that. I 've updated it.

Comment In: [Blog - 03/16/2018 - 09:43]

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 ...