Stephen Charles McArthur speaks at Casual Connect
MISTAKE #1: Trying to use an NDA to protect your game.
When hiring contractors (and in some places even employees) to build your game with code and images, you need to get them to sign a “Work For Hire Agreement.”
Make sure you have a work for hire agreement that says:
“inventions and trade secrets”
Employee assigns and conveys any and all right, title, and interest in any intellectual property to Company…
And Contractor waives their moral rights in the Work.
MISTAKE #3: Not Registering Your Copyright
FACT: Not filing a copyright registration within 3 months of publishing your game severely prejudices your rights.
e-file your copyright application at Copyright.gov
•The registration fee is $55.
Current Processing Time
Processing Time for e-Filing: generally, up to 8 months
Processing Time for Paper Forms: generally, up to 13 months
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