Personal Engagement

I have represented clients in software, especially video games and apps, ever since I opened DPG at Law in 2011. As a lifelong gamer and long-time aficionado of free and open-source software, I feel a strong sense of satisfaction when advising clients on how to properly bring their products to consoles, mobile platforms, and personal computers. I view contract writing as just another programming language, one that I use to design the best structures possible for my clients.

I have also written popularĀ legal articles on video games and software ranging in topic from copyright issues to the impacts of potential new legislation and have given lectures on copyright issues in software, including open source licenses, for engineering students at the University of Kansas and California State University Northridge.

Specialties in Video Games, Apps, and Software

I represent clients throughout California as well as both nationally and internationally by providing services such as:

  • Licensing and rights clearance
  • Publishing agreements
  • Initial business formation
  • Employment and independent contractor agreements
  • Trademark and copyright registration
  • Advice on free and open source software (FOSS) issues

Examples of Work

  • Helping a new independent video game developer with initial business formation
  • Drafting and negotiating a publishing agreement for an independent developer
  • Creating music and rights of publicity licenses to clear rights for a new video game
  • Writing internal policy for a major video game publisher
  • Reviewing software developer employment and work for hire contracts
  • Assisting a software developer in navigating open source software issues and releasing their work under free and open source licenses