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Legal Issues for Video Game Developers

  • Saturday, June 23, 2012
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401. (Free parking available in any space in the adjacent structure on weekends. Two-hour free parking also available in 4th Street public parking structures.)


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Legal Issues for Video Game Developers
with Jovan Johnson, Esq. and Luis Levy

Join us for a discussion about games and the law. Topics will include:
  • Forming your team and setting expectations with your operating agreement
  • Securing copyright (when is your copyright created and who owns it?)
  • When is the right time to trademark your game title?
  • Privacy policies and their importance (some privacy policy generators are free, but can they get the job done?)
  • Terms of use (setting rules for your game and website)
  • Creating your own contracts (when is it appropriate and what needs to be included?)
  • Game publishers (advantages and disadvantages)
  • Marketing agencies (what you are paying for and what you should expect)
  • Choosing an attorney (factors to consider and questions to ask)

Jovan Johnson, a partner at Los Angeles-based entertainment law firm Johnson & Moo, focuses on the legal and business aspects of game development, digital distribution, and mobile apps. Jovan graduated from the University of Southern California and Southwestern University School of Law, and became a member of the State Bar of California in 2006.

Luis Levy is the co-founder of Novy Unlimited & director of Novy PR, a public relations firm specializing in mobile and indie game developers and high technology clients.

These workshops are made possible, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the California Community Foundation. Additional support provided by the California Arts Council.



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