ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries

Brown Bag Breakout Session for Law Student/Young Lawyers- Working in the Game Industry/Game Law 101 #Entlaw #Fashionlaw

In Entertainment Law by FASHIONENTLAW™

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(Main speaker) David Greenspan, Sr. Director Legal and Business Affairs, NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. and Adjunct Professor at Santa Clara University School of Law.

Andrea Yelle, Head of Talent, Forshay and former Head of HR, Lucasfilm Ltd.

I.  Legal Issues Common in The Video Game Industry

1. Right of Publicity (NFL, NCAA)
2. Labor Law
3. Intellectual Property Law
4. Insurance
5. Licensing

II. Video games have become very detailed and much better resulting in an increase in IP issues. Rights, licensing and approval become even more important.

III. The games industry in the USA is valued at $30-100million and still growing. It is an exciting but high risks industry where publishers are being squeezed out. Digital and mobile creating even more opportunities.

Opportunities for Young Lawyers

1. Find opportunities in house or with law firms.
2. Network
3. Intern
4. Know the names of colleagues in law school sitting next to you because they may be someone important in the long run.
5. Know the industry you want to get into

Courses to Take
1. Contract drafting
2. Entertainment Law
3. IP Courses
4. Patent Law
5. Advanced Negotiating
6. International Business Law/Transaction

Basically courses relevant to the game industry.

Uduak Oduok (Ms. Uduak) is a Partner and Co-Founder of Ebitu Law Group, P.C. where she handles her firm’s fashion and entertainment law practice areas. Ms. Uduak has litigated a wide variety of cases in California courts. She has also handled a variety of entertainment deals for clients including network television and licensing deals. Her work and contributions to the creative industry has been recognized by numerous organizations including the National Bar Association, and featured in prestigious legal publications in the USA: ABA Journal and The California Lawyer Magazine. She is also the author of Fashionentlaw™ and also has over two decades combined hands on industry experience in the creative industry which includes modeling, retail, fashion production, public relations, digital media, journalism and publishing. For further inquiries or if you are seeking legal representation, please email (uduak@ebitulawgrp.com). You may also follow her on twitter at @uduaklaw

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