Monthly Archives: August 2015

The Legality of eSports

August 18, 2015 | Ross A. Hersemann

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Recently I was interviewed by Nicholas Yanes, a contributor to SciFi Pulse, on the subject of eSports. Given the increased visibility of eSports on platforms like Twitch and YouTube, as well as the unique financial and legal aspects involved, eSports are a very hot topic right now. Here is a taste of what we discussed, with the remainder of the interview after the jump.

Nicholas Yanes: First, as the Founder of Loading Law what are some of the cases that people dealing with videogames should know?

Ross Hersemann: Currently, cases that deal with the right of publicity and celebrity likenesses are all the rage. In particular, gamers should keep an eye on Lindsay Lohan’s current lawsuit in New York against the makers of Grand Theft Auto V. She has claimed, among other things, that characters in that game are based on her and that she should be compensated for the alleged use of her likeness. The outcome of her case could impact how celebrities, or characters based on celebrities, are featured in games. The financial impacts, and free speech implications could be very interesting.

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Bit Bash is Coming to Chicago Next Week

August 13, 2015 | Ross A. Hersemann

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Bit Bash is an alternative video games arts festival in Chicago, exposing unique and independent games to those who might not traditionally experience them. More street festival than convention, Bit Bash highlights some of the best the scene has to offer. This includes local and international selections, games best experienced with others, or that utilize unique controllers. Games that really push the boundaries.

2015’s event includes Jerry Belich’s Afterglow, Marc Flury and Brian Gibson’s Thumper, Paloma Dawkin’s Gardenarium, and Matthew Yeager’s Aerobat. Plus: Sentris’ Samantha Kalman will be playing a DJ set at 8pm! Check out the festival trailer here.

Bit Bash’s mission is to make video games accessible for everyone by:

  • Raising visibility for the growing independent games community.

  • Highlighting Chicago as a developing hub for those who love games, technology, or art.

  • Connecting with at-risk youth to foster an interest in technology and art.

Some Key Facts

  • Saturday, August 22nd from 2–11pm.

  • Tickets are $20 online and $25 at the door

  • A portion of the proceeds benefit Chicago Loot Drop

  • Families are invited to come early at 1pm and kids under 13 get in free

  • Learn more at BitBashChicago.com.

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Hello readers! On August 21st I will be speaking at Wizard World Chicago at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. I will be there lending my expertise in the area of video game law, and describing some highly relevant legal basics for game developers. I will be discussing copyright protections, trademarks, the right of publicity, works for hire, employment/independent contractor agreements, end user license agreements, privacy agreements, and general assignments.

Hope to see you there!

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