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David Hoppe

NFTs’ ‘Wild West’ Days are Numbered as Global Regulation Looms

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Driven by concerns over potential fraud, intellectual property theft, tax evasion, and money laundering, governments all around the world are looking at ways to regulate digital currencies and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Nations have taken vastly different approaches depending on who’s in charge, how they characterize NFTs, and how bullish their outlook is on digital currencies.

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Real-Money Gaming: Taking Off and Cashing In

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Esports and skill-based gaming have become highly competitive arenas, with millions of people playing against each other daily, vying for lucrative sponsorships, and supported by rabid fan followings. Many want to get a piece of the action. Esports Network expects real-money games industry revenue to top $2.5 billion by the end of the year.

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Virtual Commerce: Brands in the Metave®se

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The value of the global metaverse is expected to reach $800 billion by 2024. This represents more than 16-fold growth over the $48 billion generated in 2020. The metaverse brings with it a host of legal challenges and opportunities including trademark enforcement, branding and marketing deals, content partnerships and collaborations, market development, and customer diversification.

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Heavy Meta: Privacy and Cybersecurity in the Metaverse

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The metaverse is poised to become the biggest technological revolution of the 21st century. It is likely to change the way humans engage with each other, revolutionizing social interaction, building whole new economies, and ushering in a host of privacy and cybersecurity issues.

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Can the Long Arm of the Law Reach Into Extended Reality?

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Every day, millions of gamers, students, and other users around the world log in to experience the virtual world. Some are intent on playing the latest, most realistic video game. Others seek to recreate real-life social interactions in the virtual space.

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Lights!! Camera! Token! Are NFT’s Ready for Their Big Closeup?

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Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are once again proving their versatility. Entrepreneurs have found a variety of compelling uses for them in video games, drink recipes, digital art, fantasy sports, and more.

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NFTs Transforming a Multi-billion-dollar Fantasy Sports Industry

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Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are making headlines again, this time in fantasy sports. In September 2021, the French start-up company Sorare announced that it had raised significant capital—$680 million to be exact—for its fantasy football (soccer) platform.

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Jay-Z vs Damon Dash: Lessons for Emerging Technologies Companies

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Rapper Jay-Z’s legal beef with record executive Damon Dash entangles old-school creativity and newfangled technology, providing lessons for performers, promoters, developers, and anyone else involved in the arts world. The disagreement between two-thirds of the founding braintrust behind Roc-A-Fella Records centers on the ownership and regulation of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and is likely to open a flurry of issues related to NFTs.

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Judge: Apple Not a Monopoly but Engaged In Anticompetitive Practices

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Many of today’s headlines proclaim Epic Games’ “victory” over Apple in their landmark lawsuit announced this morning by Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in the District Court for the Northern District…

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Open App Markets Act Takes Aim at Apple, Google Stores

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While Epic Games’ lawsuit against Apple has drawn attention to practices such as Apple’s 15 to 30 percent commission on app sales, in-app purchases, and Apple’s gag rule on advertising, Apple is not the only tech company developers and regulators have in their sights. Google, Valve, and other digital behemoths have also been accused of abusing their market dominance by imposing exorbitant fees upon app developers.

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