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David Hoppe

VR lawyer

Is Virtual Reality the future of gaming (again)?

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If, in the mid-1990’s, you had asked any gaming industry expert about the future of gaming, you would have received a singular unequivocal response, in unison: Virtual Reality. Thinking back…

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media lawyer

Anime’s Next Generation of Female Auteurs

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Many women in Japan remain mired in a patriarchal culture that caps their career opportunities.

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video games lawyer

Free Geohot!

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In staying with last week’s greatest-heist-of-all-time theme, it seems only fitting to dedicate a post to GEOHOT–real name: George Hotz. A twentysomething member of the Silicon Valley glitterati, Hotz humbly…

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media lawyer

Aramid and Relativity

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As we’ve written before, the recent slate deal trend among Hollywood financiers can be very tricky, even for the savviest of investors. The latest and probably best-known victim is Aramid Entertainment, a sophisticated hedge fund with a Cayman Islands address. In a lawsuit filed last year, Aramid claims it was ensnared in “one of the greatest heist stories ever told in the movie business.”

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Anatomy of a Presale, Part 3: Terms of Agreement

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We continue our discussion of film finance and in particular foreign pre-sale agreements. This post will focus on the issues to be considered when structuring such agreements for distribution.

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Anatomy of a Presale Part 2: Foreign vs Domestic

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The rights conveyed by a pre-sale discussed in Part 1 of this series typically include the theatrical and video release of a film. A release in the United States and Canada is considered “domestic.”

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video games lawyer

Android’s Developer Problem

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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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copyright lawyer

The Problem with Patents

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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

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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

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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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