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Why Every Professional Gamer Needs a Team (of Professionals) By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. Similar to other talent based industries, including music, television, and sports; professional video game competitors participating in organized esports should have a “team” of competent professionals around them to advise them and to consult with. While this may seem straightforward in...
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Comparing the NBA 2K League In-Studio Experience With Twitch By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. The inaugural season of the NBA 2K League tipped off from the league’s studio in New York on May 1. As an esports attorney and a fan, I was lucky enough to get inside the 200-person venue for the first ever...
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Business & Legal Tips for NBA 2K League & Pro Esports Players By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. With the launch of the NBA 2K league, 102 of the world’s top NBA 2K players will now earn a six month salary, receive first-class housing accommodations and will be eligible for a variety of benefits, including health,...
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A Brief Look At Live Performance Agreements By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. While there has been a decline in recorded music sales, the live performance sphere of the music business continues to post substantial numbers.  For example, in 2016, Billboard Magazine stated that global “gross box-office revenue” exceeded “$5.5 billion dollars.”   With such substantial sums...
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02/16/2018 – International Trademark Law Update: “Trademark Registration in Canada” By Jeffrey E. Jacobson, Esq. As a reference, there are two distinct trademark systems for acquiring trademark rights in a particular mark. There is a “first-to-file” system, which exists in countries such as China and France. This system provides protection to the first entity to...
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02/09/2018 – Copyright Law Update: “Design Protection” In “Useful Articles” By Jeffrey E. Jacobson, Esq.             The Supreme Court decision in Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands last year clarified the law on copyrightability of the creative elements in useful articles. That case involved alleged copyright infringement of cheerleading uniforms. Since a uniform is a useful...
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The Rise Of The Sponsored Professional Gamer By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. If you browse your Twitter feed or turn on your local news, you are sure to see something related to esports. While the mainstream media and the non-endemic brands of the world are finally catching up, the trend of utilizing video game content...
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Copyright & Music Business Announcement – Mechanical Royalty Rate Increases (01-29-2018) – Today, The Copyright Royalty Board, the body responsible for setting the statutory rates, has increased the U.S. mechanical royalty Rate.  A mechanical license is used to “reproduce and distribute copyrighted musical compositions (songs) on CDs, records, tapes, or permanent digital downloads.” This means...
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Esports Biz 101: Business & Legal Considerations for Professional Esports Organizations & Teams By Justin M. Jacobson Many new esports teams and organizations have joined the competitive circuit in the past 12 months. This is due to the continued global development of esports business as well as its expansion into newly created games and into...
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So You Want a “Record Deal”? How To Legally Ensure An Artist Can Even Sign One By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. While most musicians dream of getting signed to a major “record deal,” the days where a record label executive attends a show and signs an artist based on their performance are long gone. These...
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