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Friday, June 26 • 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Legal Basics for Game Developers

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"Are you a video game developer, artist, designer, student, or hobbyist? Have you ever been curious about how legal frameworks apply to the unique medium of video games? You’re in luck!

Legal Basics for Game Developers is a presentation that will discuss and explain the most common legal pitfalls for those who make video games. Ross A. Hersemann, a Chicago based attorney, will explain copyrights, trademarks, the right of publicity, and basic contract principles as they apply to the game industry.

Following his presentation, Ross will field questions* from the audience.

Ross A. Hersemann is a writer, gamer, and attorney licensed to practice in Illinois. He is an organizer of the Chicago Video Game Law Summit, the founder of the Video Game Law Society at the John Marshall Law School, and operates the video game law blawg Loading Law. Ross has contributed articles on video game law to IGDA Perspectives, Legati Law, and Game Dev Law. Ross is the President of Chicago’s Video Game Art Gallery, and routinely volunteers with the IGDA Chicago and Chicago Loot Drop. Ross has given talks on game law at EPXCON, the Ohio Game Developers Expo, IndyPopCon and numerous other conventions devoted to video games and Pop Culture.

You can follow Ross' law blawg at www.loadinglaw.com and on Twitter at RHersemann@LoadingLaw

*This panel is for educational purposes only. It is not and should not be construed as legal advice, only legal information. No attorney client privilege exists between the audience and the presenter. If you have any specific legal questions as applied to any of the issues presented, contact an attorney licensed to practice in your area. DO NOT ask the presenter any specific questions about your own game, project, or artwork. Such questions will be declined.

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Ross Hersemann

Founder, Loading Law
Ross is an attorney, author, and avid gamer. He received his J.D. and LL.M. in intellectual property from the John Marshall Law School. Ross is the founding partner of Loading Law, a Chicago-based video game law firm, and the organizer of the annual Chicago Video Game Law Summit... Read More →

Friday June 26, 2015 5:00pm - 5:45pm EDT
B: Large Panel Room Panel Room 143 - 145

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