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Virtual Legality Episode 144

EA, Respawn, and ResetEra (?): A Primer on Intellectual Property Assignment

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It's rare enough that an interesting legal discussion envelopes both gaming site ResetEra and the social media landscape at large. But when it hits so close to my day-to-day? Well, that's a Virtual Legality episode.

What is an intellectual property assignment provision or agreement?

Why is it correct to say that such assignments are common in every IP-facing industry, while also noting that there is much more to the tale?

And why is EA's apparent use of ultra-broad definitions for "covered IP" still worthy of discussion?

We try to limit things to the scope of our employment...in Virtual Legality.

#EA #Respawn #IP


Discussed in this episode:

"EA (And Other Studios) Apparently Have Policies That Require Developers To Gather Permission Before Producing Any Creative Works Outside Of Work"
ResetERA Thread - December 1, 2019
https://www.resetera.com/threads/ea-and-other-studios-apparently-have-policies-that-require-developers-to-gather-permission-before-producing-any-creative-works-outside-of-work.156355/

"Um. Yes. They are called assignment clauses, and they are normal in EVERY industry."
Tweet - December 1, 2019 - Mike Futter (@Futterish)
https://twitter.com/Futterish/status/1201218209623552000

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