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Brandon J. Huffman Quoted on Esport Workplace Challenges

The Washington Post recently wrote about alleged workplace abuse at esports organization TSM along with employee misclassifications. Here is an excerpt: Former workers described the atmosphere at TSM and Blitz as start-up-like, where hierarchies were fluid and staff was expected to wear many hats at once. But experts who reviewed contracts for some former workers …

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Ryan Fairchild Quoted on Esports Classification Concerns

Law360 recently wrote about the concerns with esports classifications, particularly with independent contractor classification issues. Here is an excerpt in relation to the contract between FaZe Clan and Turney Tenney, also known as Tfue: Outside the FaZe Clan case, a reason for the lack of litigation could be that players either make too littleor too …

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Brandon J. Huffman and Ryan Fairchild Quoted on Twitch Streamers Infringing on TV Copyright

The Washington Post recently wrote about Twitch streamers’ react content and the ensuing copyright infringement from streamers like Imane “Pokimane” Anys, Hasan “HasanAbi” Piker and Jeremy “DisguisedToast” Wang. Here is an excerpt: This awkward and unceasing dance around the topic [of copyright infringement] has been fueled in part by the fact that Twitch is incentivized …

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Brandon J. Huffman Featured on FTW with Imad Khan Discussing Fair Use

FTW with Imad Khan, a podcast featuring journalist Imad Khad with in-depth weekly discussions on the esports industry, recently featured Brandon J. Huffman. The podcast episode highlights Brandon J. Huffman and Imad Khan conversing about Twitch streamer Félix “xQc” Lengyel’s week suspension from Twitch following his broadcast of Olympic events. Lengyel filed a counter-claim, which, …

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Brandon J. Huffman Quoted on Twitch Streamer Taking on Olympics

The Washington Post recently covered Félix “xQc” Lengyel push against the Olympics and Twitch disabling their account over broadcasting rights. Here is an excerpt: Brandon Huffman, a founding attorney at video game- and entertainment-focused firm Odin Law and Media, fair use is profoundly misunderstood. What people often misunderstand is that fair use is going to …

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Brandon J. Huffman Quoted on Mario Creations in Dreams

GameDaily.biz recently covered Nintendo issuing complaints against Mario creations within Sony’s Dreams game. Here is an excerpt: The short version is that Dreams is a platform,” Odin Law attorney Brandon Huffman told GameDaily. “Like YouTube or Facebook, it exists behind the legal safe harbor created by Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Without that …

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Brandon J. Huffman quoted on copyrighted source code lawsuit

The article from GameDaily.biz details Bethesda’s accusations over Warner Bros. and developer Behaviour Interactive’s “rip-off” of Fallout Shelter with their latest game for Westworld. Here is an excerpt: It’s somewhat curious that Bethesda did not attach the development agreement to the complaint,” Huffman said in an email to GameDaily. “In some agreements, there is a differentiation between game …

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Brandon J. Huffman at Casual Connect on the Legal Support Game Companies Need

In a presentation at Casual Connect USA in January, Brandon J. Huffman described the journey video games have taken through expression, legally protected speech and where video games are headed. Check out the full video for the presentation here. Here’s an excerpt from the write-up: Brandon has two pieces of advice to offer game companies, …

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Brandon J. Huffman quoted on counterfeit collectables

The article from Syfy.com details the vast market of counterfeit “geek” goods and the legal and ethical issues they present. Here is an excerpt: “True counterfeit merchandise is almost certainly actionable. That said, with a company the size of Disney, with properties as numerous and popular as Disney’s, it’s probably impractical to police literally every …

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