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Copyright Law and the Vanishing of Dragon Ball FighterZ

30 Dec

One of the most popular fighting games of 2018, Dragon Ball FighterZ, has been vanishing. It was dropped from Body Count Fighting, Dreamhack Austin, and Anime Ascension, and it was not even announced for Evo Japan. Although there’s been no public explanation for these disappearances, many people have speculated that the fault lies with the sometimes aggressive businesses that own ... Read More

Player Contracts and Unions in the LCS

16 May

This is an article I wrote in December of 2013 but that, for various reasons, I never published. The news underlying it is well in the past now, but the interesting issues that news presented are not. It's not my intention to dreg up the problems associated with this again, only to engage in a fun thought experiment about how ... Read More

Discussing NSA Spying on Al Jazeera America

31 Dec

Recently it was revealed that the National Security Administration has been spying on people playing video games online. Agents recorded text, chat, and biometric data on the Xbox Live network, World of Warcraft, Second Life, and more in what was billed as a way to gather information on terrorists, although the leaked documents show that no actionable terrorism intelligence ... Read More

Quick Analysis of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Leak

14 Nov

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, is a major international free trade agreement that's been in the works for a few years now. Unfortunately, it's been negotiated in nearly complete secrecy from the public with only small and occasional leaks to let us know what it would do. That is, until today. Earlier today, WikiLeaks posted a leaked text of the ... Read More

Interview on Live on Three

25 Jul

Wednesday afternoon I was invited to talk with Slasher, DJ Wheat, and SeltzerPlease on Live on Three, one of the biggest live web shows in competitive video gaming. We talked about my piece on the potential regulatory issues that may come from the sportsification of video games and some additional hypothetical scenarios. Unfortunately I misspoke in some of my answers, ... Read More

Inviting Regulation: The Sportsification of Video Games

23 Jul

The US State Department made news recently by granting P-1 athlete visas to a brand new set of qualified foreign players, allowing them to compete and work in the United States for up to five years. The visa process is rarely newsworthy, but this time things were a little different. This time the athletes weren't sports stars. They were League ... Read More

Tech Feed Interview: League of Legends Players Get Athlete Visas

18 Jul

A couple days ago I did a Skype interview with Anne from Tech Feed about the recent news that Riot had secured P-1 athlete visas for League of Legends players from the US State Department. This is huge news, since it marks the first time that the US government explicitly endorsed competitive video gaming. In this interview, Anne asks me to ... Read More

Analysis of Capcoms Takedown of Evil and Oni

25 Feb

Note: this article was first published on Shoryuken.com in April 2011. Unfortunately, it was wiped out when Shoryuken underwent a complete overhaul. I'm reposting it here without edits! As I'm sure you've all heard by now, somehow the code to unlock Evil Ryu and Oni in Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition was leaked. Almost immediately after arcades began unlocking ... Read More

Mortal Kombat 9, First Sale, and the Power of Clever Lawyers

20 Jan

Note: this article was first published on Shoryuken.com in April 2011. Unfortunately, Shoryuken has since undergone a complete overhaul that wiped this article out. I'm reposting it here without edits! Recently we all heard a rumor about Warner Bros' Mortal Kombat 9, one of the most eagerly anticipated MK titles in memory. According to Shacknews.com, MK9 will utilize a so-called ... Read More

Grand Opening

02 Jan

Hey, everyone! I hope you'll welcome my new legal website to the internet. This site may be new, but my legal practice has quite a bit of history behind it. I've been involved in entertainment since I was very young. In middle school, I played a bit part in a movie and published work in a national poetry anthology. In high ... Read More



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