Hundreds of millions of dollars in prize money, arenas, corporate sponsors, and college and professional teams, esports are lucrative, popular, and yet largely unknown to many in the legal profession. This CLE provides an overview of competitive video gaming, the challenges, and opportunities in the rapidly growing world of sports, unique IP considerations, and a review of legislative concerns. This CLE also examines the role of an attorney in the esports and professional gaming space including what an esports lawyer does as well as exploring some common intellectual property protections such as copyrights and trademark matters for professional gamers, streamers, esports teams and organizations. It will also explore some common contractual terms included in esports talent and sponsorship agreements, including those entered with professional gamers, streamers, coaches, and casters as well as focuses on foreign visas and work authorization for professional gamers, content creators, coaches, casters, and other individuals. This CLE continues by examining some other related legal issues for the esports space including FTC and social media disclosures, DMCA and music licensing for streaming and content creation as well as emergence of esports federations, associations, and other governing bodies.
Key topics to be discussed:
What is Esports/What is esports law/what does an esports attorney do
IP Law in Esports (Copyrights & Trademarks for Esports Talent & Teams)
Visas/Immigration in Esports
Key Contractual Terms in Esports Player & Sponsorship/Endorsement Agreements
FTC (Social Media Disclosures)/DMCA (Music Licensing)
Date / Time: November 2, 2023
Justin M. Jacobson | Law Offices of Justin M. Jacobson
Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. is an entertainment, esports and video game attorney located in New York City. For the last decade, he has worked with professional athletes, musicians, producers, DJs, record labels, fashion designers as well as professional gamers, streamers, coaches, on-air talent and esports organizations. He assists all of these creative individuals with their contract, copyright, trademark, immigration, tax and other related business, marketing and legal matters.
Justin is an Adjunct Professor at University of North Carolina Wilmington, Post University in Connecticut, Harrisburg University, and CUNY Hunter College. He has authored “The Essential Guide to the Business & Law of Esports & Professional Video Gaming” and is on the Board of Directors for non-profits Coalition of Parents in Esports (COPE) and Garden State Esports.
I. What is Esports/What is esports law/what does an esports attorney do | 12:00pm – 12:20pm
II. IP Law in Esports (Copyrights & Trademarks for Esports Talent & Teams) | 12:20pm – 12:40pm
III. Visas/Immigration in Esports | 12:40pm – 1:00pm
Break | 1:00pm – 1:10pm
IV. Key Contractual Terms in Esports Player & Sponsorship/Endorsement Agreements | 1:10pm – 1:25pm
V. FTC (Social Media Disclosures)/DMCA (Music Licensing) | 1:25pm – 1:40pm