Digital Entertainment Law

/Digital Entertainment Law

Digital Entertainment Law, Game Law, interactive entertainment law, video game law, or computer game law are emerging fields of Law.

The field is growing constantly and now incorporates eSports. Most commonly, eSports takes the form of organized, multiplayer video game competitions.

Digital Entertainment Lawyers need to have a blend of various skills. They need to know and love games, understand technology and have solid knowledge and experience of the law and how it impacts on games. One of our attorneys belongs to the Video Game Bar Association and is the current chairperson of Make Games South Africa, the South African Association of Game Makers.

We provide legal assistance to game developers around the world by advising on business structuring, registering companies, developing shareholders agreements, contracting employees and contractors, transferring IP offshore, managing  IP, developing licensing agreements and critically providing opinions on the legal aspects of their games.

Read our recent Insights relating to Digital Entertainment Law below.

Internet Freedom – Nicholas Hall Saves the Internet?

You might not know it, but our internet freedom is under threat. We have been working hard to make sure that our access to the digital world doesn't get restricted. It seems that our efforts are paying off. Last week the [...]

By | October 21st, 2016|Categories: Digital Entertainment Law|Tags: , , |

Film and Publications Amendment Bill scrapped?

The Film and Publications Amendment Bill is being finalised next week. The portfolio committee on communications will decide whether to approve the Bill and send it to parliament, or to scrap it entirely. We have fought hard to convince them [...]

By | October 17th, 2016|Categories: Digital Entertainment Law|Tags: , , |

You are a Commercial Online Distributor … Probably

The recent changes to the Films and Publications Amendment Bill makes a distinction between a commercial online distributor and a non-commercial online distributor. This change helps to prevent private users from getting caught up in the regulatory machine. But it [...]

Is Livestream Legal in South Africa?

There are many types of media that the law doesn't deal with properly. Livestream is one of them. Which begs the question: can we stream in South Africa, legally? And what changes, if any, will the proposed Film and Media [...]

By | October 12th, 2016|Categories: Digital Entertainment Law|Tags: , , |

Critical Lawsuit – Video Game Law Podcast

Video game law gives us the opportunity to do what we love: talk about the law, games, and the law of games. Listen to Critical Lawsuit - our new and experimental podcast - where we discuss what we find interesting in the world [...]

By | April 13th, 2016|Categories: Digital Entertainment Law|Tags: |

Game Monetization and the Law

Game monetization is a tricky business. In the modern market, where casual games have become simpler than ever to produce and distribute over the internet, control over the monetization of your casual game is an exciting power to have. But [...]

By | September 16th, 2015|Categories: Digital Entertainment Law|Tags: , |

Do Sponsored YouTube Videos require notice?

Are sponsored YouTube videos required to notify the view that they have been paid for? In the USA (as well as in the UK) as a general rule, paid-for advertising must be clearly labelled as such, and this extends to [...]

By | September 10th, 2015|Categories: Digital Entertainment Law|Tags: |

Using People's Likeness In Games

Nick Hall talks about using people's likeness in games and how this connects to likeness rights law in the US and South Africa. There have been a number of fairly famous likeness rights law cases recently, including: Lady Gaga sued Mine Candy, [...]

By | August 27th, 2014|Categories: Digital Entertainment Law|Tags: , , , , , |