A legal look at Monopoly and “The Monopolists” – a guest post by Jeremy Robins

I consulted on The Monopolists, a book by New York Times journalist Mary Pilon, a couple years ago. The book traces the legal history of the Monopoly board game throughout the last century. Recently, a colleague named Jeremy Robins approached me about the opportunity to write about his legal insights into the book’s subject. I’m excited …

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The Game Lawyer at Gen Con 2016 – I’ve been featured as an “Industry Insider”!

Hello readers! I have exciting news – I’ve been accepted into the Gen Con “Industry Insider” program, which makes me a “featured presenter” in a handful of awesome panels. Those particular panels haven’t been revealed yet, but I’ll let you know right here as soon as they are. I’m also appearing on five other non-featured …

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Court rules in favor of cloned tabletop game – No protection under US copyright law

A final decision has been handed down in the 2-year copyright infringement case involving the card game Bang! and its clone, Legends of the Three Kingdoms. Contents The backstorySummary judgment motionsCopyright protection for game mechanicsThe court’s opinion on the caseWhat does it mean for game designers? The backstory Back in 2014, the creators of the …

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