Brandon Huffman

Attorney & Founder of Odin Law and Media

Brandon J. Huffman (@brandonjhuffman) is an attorney and founder of Odin Law and Media, which focuses on counseling video game and interactive media clients on issues related to content, licensing, publishing, intellectual property and corporate growth. Brandon also serves as general counsel to the International Game Developers Association His clients include new and traditional media companies, game and software developers, authors, animators and others at the intersection of technology and creativity. He is the engagement editor for Business Law Today and he sits on the Sports and Entertainment Council of the North Carolina Bar Association.

Summit Description:

Indie Game Development Summit
(Speaking with Dr. Farhad JavidiChris CooperKathleen Riley)

April 17TH, 2018
9:00am – 3:00pm

ECGC’s Indie Game Development Summit will explore a variety of topics related establishing and operating an independent game studio. Get legal tips for starting a company and learn how to protect your creations. Learn how to obtain funding for projects and what it takes to run a healthy company.  Indie developers share their insights and experiences, and take your questions.

Talk Description:

Video Games and the First Amendment: Why Free Speech Matters for Developers
In today’s political climate, media of all kinds are under increased scrutiny and pressure. Video game development has been democratized by more open access to development tools. This panel will explore the history of video games as a means of expression, the legal protection of that speech and the future of video games as a tool for dissent or resistance. Since their advent, video games have been at the forefront of innovation both in technological progress and in legal impact. Often, that impact comes about as opposition to pressure from community groups or government overreach. Video games are entitled to first amendment protection – but that protection only came after the state of California attempted to block certain sales of games and industry groups fought the imposition of the regulation all the way to the Supreme Court. Game developers should be aware of this history, and the potential impact they can have in the future

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