Richard (AKA The Indie Lawyer) is an associate in the firm’s Digital & Technology Group where he advises on a range of corporate and commercial matters, specialising in video game production and licencing. He is keen to promote indie developer's awareness of the legal requirements required when developing games and presents a YouTube series - www.theindielawyer.co.uk. He provides advice in relation to development agreements, intellectual property licensing and infringement, publishing agreements and matters concerning data protection. Richard brings direct insight into the practical and legal challenges posing today’s game developers, drawn from his role outside of Lee & Thompson as an independent video game developer at Aura Games Limited. This first-hand experience affords Richard’s personal, empathetic and thorough approach to advising clients on their legal needs.
Whilst making games is fun, the legal side of game development tends to be less so. Despite being a crucial part of the development process, many smaller developers do not have a clear understanding of the law surrounding game development and rarely have the budget to instruct lawyers (particularly where they are a newer studio). This can cause serious issues for developers when it comes to securing investment or publishing agreements later down the line, often resulting in their intellectual property being transferred to another party or losing major rights in relation to their companies. The Indie Lawyer is the persona of Richard Burnham, a video game lawyer from Lee and Thompson LLP in London and a game developer at Aura Games Limited who is extremely passionate about educating indie developers about how best to protect their interests. This Crash Course In Video Game Law extends his YouTube series and is designed to give developers key points to keep in the back of their mind when developing their games in order to protect their legal interests from the get go.
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Develop always gets put in the diary. There are many reasons to be here, not just the talks, but the networking, people exchanging ideas about where the industry is right now and where it’s going to. It’s pretty essential to be here I think.
Ian Livingstone, CBE
We are so lucky to have Develop here in the UK. It’s a unique event where you can come and discover new things with people who care passionately about video games. It’s a sea full of new ideas.
Develop is an excellent way of catching up with people – there’s a really nice community feel here.
Mike Bithell Games
I absolutely love coming to Develop, it’s a brilliant, brilliant conference – you just know you’re guaranteed to meet everyone.
Jo Twist, OBE
Develop is important – the networking is very important. And go to talks they’re inspiring and get your creative juices flowing, they can make you think and you’ll learn how other people do things.
There’s really something for everyone at Develop and the experience of being around like-minded people is really useful.
There really is a huge mix of people at Develop - loads of peers that you can learn from and the perfect blend of every element of game development as well.
By coming to Develop what you get is the opportunity to network like you can’t in any other situation. Everyone knows everyone and it’s such a wonderful community feel.
It’s really nice to see some of the younger people in our studio come to Develop, interact with other people in the dev community and make new contacts. I think it’s really important to learn from other people.
Develop is a very important place – it’s one of the few developer focussed conferences we have in Europe and that makes it very valuable.
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