IP Law for Video Game Developers
With Dave Murphy, Esq. and Omar Abdelwahed
This workshop will focus on video game law from the perspective of an independent developer. We will cover legal issues related to game creation and protection as well as the developer/publisher relationship. Specifically we will discuss IP creation, registration, and protections, employment and independent contractor agreements, works made for hire, and major provisions in a publishing agreement. Also valuable for creative artists who want to sell their music, art, designs, etc. into the video game market.
Dave Murphy, Esq. is an intellectual property and entertainment law attorney. He focuses on business formation, contract negotiation and drafting, intellectual property licensing, and trademark and copyright law for artists and companies in the video game, music, film, television, and internet media spaces. Dave is a California Lawyers for the Arts panel attorney and Modest Means Incubator Program selectee.
Omar Abdelwahed is a producer, engineer and writer and currently the VP of Engineering at Mighty Play, a game studio in San Francisco. Omar has more than 15 years experience leading teams for large video game publishers including Ubisoft and 2K; social games startup, PLAYSTUDIOS; and retailers such as Best Buy and Musicland. Omar's work includes the free-to-play shooter, "Ghost Recon Online", and the biggest NBA video game franchise, "NBA2K". Omar recently founded the independent games developer, Agent Disco, and has published his first mobile game, "The Null Society".