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David Hoppe

video games lawyer

Android’s Developer Problem

1000 648 David Hoppe

What do a Kindle Fire, a Google Nexus 7, and a two-year old HTC Incredible have in common? They all run some version of Google’s popular Android mobile operating system, though you wouldn’t necessarily see the similarities immediately…

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The Problem with Patents

1000 648 David Hoppe

Markus “Notch” Persson, owner of Swedish game developer Mojang, has attracted a lot of attention for his lo-fi but relentlessly addictive game Minecraft. Most has probably been welcome: glowing reviews…

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video games lawyer

No Joy in The Ville

1000 648 David Hoppe

It hasn’t been a great couple of months for social gaming company Zynga. Zynga, which derives much of its revenue from Facebook-based games like Farmville and Mafia Wars, suffered mightily…

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Anatomy of a Pre-Sale, Part 1: Introduction

1000 648 David Hoppe

A pre-sale is technically a licensing of certain specified distribution rights for a film. Simply, a producer conveys some of his rights to a distributor, who is responsible for marketing and releasing the film to the public to generate revenue.

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media lawyer

Hollywood Goes Corporate — Show Me The Money

1000 648 David Hoppe

The last two decades have seen epic centralization of power in the media, particularly in the film industry. A handful of conglomerates now own all the major studios, with publicly…

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media lawyer

China’s Golden Era of Film

1000 648 David Hoppe

As Chinese consumers decide how to allocate their growing disposable incomes, movies are attracting increasingly large audiences, to the benefit of the American film industry. In the past five years,…

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video games lawyer

Let the Music Play … Games

1000 648 David Hoppe

Over the last three decades, scores of musicians have experimented with and elevated tiny blips of electronic noise to chart topping records. But the concert hall of bleeps and bloops…

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A Fistful of Buckazoids: Digital Currencies

1000 648 David Hoppe

The value of the dollar has certainly dipped in the past few years, but there’s a number of new currencies that might have investors clamoring for a more digital kind of coin.

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I Now Pronounce You Man and Avatar

1000 648 David Hoppe

It’s nearly Valentine’s day and love is in the virtual air. A million questions abound: Will he ask me to go on that raid with him in World of Warcraft?…

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Video Games as Art — Legally!

1000 648 David Hoppe

Video games are now art. Legally. The conspicuous categorization (that is, now, the “legalization”) of video games as art has been widely reported and debated, but never as intensely as…

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