Southern Interactive Entertainment and Game Expo (SIEGE CON 2011)

Clinton A Lowe, president of Georgia Game Developers Association (http://www.ggda.org/), and Andrew Greenberg, conference organizer welcomed over 2200 participants to the “fastest-growing, coolest tradeshow for the video and digital game industries” this past weekend, October 7- 9, 2011 at the Northeast Marriott in Atlanta, Georgia: SIEGE CON 2011, Southern Interactive Entertainment & Game Expo (http://www.siegecon.net/SIEGE2011/) This year’s conference was dedicated to the memory of Steve Jobs, Apple’s co-founder and late CEO, who revolutionized the technology, music, and graphic arts industries by making technology “beautiful.”

Law2sm founder, Deborah Gonzalez, attended and participated during the conference.  Some highlights are below.

Gamification (the use and integration of game mechanics into other processes) and serious games had its own track alongside game design, the business of the gaming industry, and programming, among others.  Key issues such as nomenclature, business and educational uses of games, cost and other resistance factors, were discussed and explored by such luminaries as Richard Hilleman, chief creative officer at Entertainment Arts (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3366950751295020007) and Ben Sawyer, co-founder of the Games for Health Project (http://www.gamesforhealth.org/).

The movement of games on social networking sites was highlighted during the Social Game Design panel on Friday evening.  A conversation and Q&A with Deborah Gonzalez and Marshall Seese, Jr of Mowgli Games (http://mowgligames.com/) the session covered what are social games, what key design elements do successful games have, the recent study by RockYou identifying four social gamer types, some business and legal issues, and even how gamers can make the world a better place (thanks to Jane McGonigal’s TED speech – http://www.ted.com/talks/jane_mcgonigal_gaming_can_make_a_better_world.html). BTW, Mowgli Games was introducing the beta version of their new upcoming social game – Songster, the “first and only collaborative music creation game on Facebook” (http://mowgligames.com/songster).

The legal side of the gaming industry was very prominent – at least three different sessions looked at issues related to intellectual property issues and top legal pitfalls facing gaming companies.  The last session on Sunday afternoon, Game Law 2.0, brought together three legal experts, TJ Mihill, of Cannon Mihill & Winkles (http://www.cmw-law.com/), Rob Hassett, of Internetlegal.com (http://www.internetlegal.com/), and Deborah Gonzalez, of Law2sm (www.law2sm.com), who discussed the hottest legal issues in the industry.  Topics included: copyright assignments and work for hire; virtual currency concerns; the difference between a sweepstakes and a contest run online; the current patent wars going on in Europe with Apple; and more.

GGDA, via SEIGE CON, manages to bring together a wealth of industry knowledge and experienced professionals every year, and has done so for the past five years.  Law2sm looks forward to continuing to work with them and the interactive and gaming community as they continue to develop, especially in the social media context.

For an electronic copy of the “Social Game Design” PowerPoint slides send your name and request to info@law2sm.com.

Weekly Recap 10/03/11 – Stories Relating to Social Media & the Law

Welcome to our weekly recap of stories relating to Social Media and the Law.  These are some of the articles, reports, posts, etc. that caught our attention this week.  We originally send them out through our twitter account @law2smdeborah, so follow us to get them as we find them.  But many of them are such great resources we don’t want you to miss them, so we’ve decided to put them as a weekly recap.  The links will take you to their original sources, whether Mashable, Lexology, and/or others.  Enjoy and let us know some of the stories you’ve found interesting this week.  Just share in the comments below.  Have a great week!

 

12 Great Social Media & Law Blogs

These are great resources to keep up to date on the latest legal issues surrounding the use of social media.  Check them regularly for new information and in-depth review.  Do you have any you would add? And yes, that is us at the bottom – we just couldn’t resist. 🙂

Binders Presentation: Artists, Social Media & the Law, Sept 19, 2011

On Monday, September 19, 2011, Law2sm’s founder, Deborah Gonzalez, Esq. presented on “Artists, Social Media & the Law” at Binders Art School in Buckhead, Georgia (http://www.bindersart.com/store/department/32/Art-Classes-&-Workshops/). The session looked at the legal and business considerations of putting art online using the newest social media platforms. This session was the latest in The Binder’s Art & Law Series Deborah offers every other month as part of her pro bono services to the creative community.

The presentation began with exploring the reasons why artists are online: so their art can be found, so art buyers can verify them, so their art can be purchased, and so they can engage with others in the artistic community.

But there are other non-traditional reasons to be online as well.  Some examples include:

And artists aren’t the only ones online.  Museums, seeking for a new generation to enjoy their exhibits are hosting “tweet-ups” (http://law2sm.com/tweetup-at-the-high-museum-of-art-atl/) and art galleries are going virtual (http://socialtimes.com/the-role-of-the-art-gallery-in-the-digital-age_b41829).

In addition artists are using social media as a medium to create new kinds of art or as the message of the art work itself. —

The session concluded with a quick review of other legal concerns online

  • Intellectual property issues (copyrights and trademarks, including domain and social networking account names)
  • Defamation and artistic criticism/review
  • Censorship and obscenity laws
  • Social Art Collaboration and Crowdsourcing

Are you an artist using social media?  Are you an art buyer who reviews art online?  What are your thoughts about these issues?

For a free electronic copy of the PowerPoint of the session email your request to info@law2sm.com.

Weekly Recap 9/26/11 – Stories Relating to Social Media & the Law

Welcome to our weekly recap of stories relating to Social Media and the Law.  These are some of the articles, reports, posts, etc. that caught our attention this week.  We originally send them out through our twitter account @law2smdeborah, so follow us to get them as we find them.  But many of them are such great resources we don’t want you to miss them, so we’ve decided to put them as a weekly recap.  The links will take you to their original sources, whether Mashable, Lexology, and/or others.  Enjoy and let us know some of the stories you’ve found interesting this week.  Just share in the comments below.  Have a great week!