Endless articles rattle on about the brave new world of the metaverse, as if its an unprecedented step for commercial and social life. As lawyers, however, we know that there is precedent for everything. This presentation looks at the legal precedent that will likely inform the development of metaverse law. We will look at virtual-world cases involving both common law and federal law. We’ll also look at the pockets where virtual-world caselaw has yet to be developed and consider what types of precedent will fill those gaps. Finally, we’ll discuss what this all means for practitioners who hope to guide their clients in the metaverse.
Key topics to be discussed:
Virtual world’s case law that lawyers counseling metaverse clients should know
Where caselaw in the virtual world has not developed, and what precedent will likely fill in
How practitioners can effectively channel this precedent to support metaverse clients
Date: January 25, 2023
Jacob Canter | Crowell & Moring LLP
Jacob Canter is an attorney in Crowell’s San Francisco office. He is a member of the Litigation practice group and the Privacy & Cybersecurity practice group. Jacob helps technology companies and companies that rely on technology achieve their business ends. His litigation practice focuses on technology (i.e., IP, CFAA, BIPA, state privacy laws, contracts, and licensing) and competition litigation (i.e., antitrust, state competition laws, and founders’ disputes). His counseling practice focuses on compliance with state, federal, and international privacy laws, technology licensing, and cybersecurity incident response.
Jacob joined the firm after a year of practice at an international law firm in Washington, D.C., and a year clerking in the Southern District of New York for the Hon. Lorna G. Schofield. During law school, he launched the school’s election law outreach program and pro bono project.
I. Virtual world’s case law that lawyers counseling metaverse clients should know | 2:00pm – 2:20pm
II. Where caselaw in the virtual world has not developed, and what precedent will likely fill in | 2:20pm – 2:40pm
III. How practitioners can effectively channel this precedent to support metaverse clients | 2:40pm – 3:00pm