Where can I find affordable legal advice for game software related inquiries?

| | August 10, 2015

I am working on simulation middleware which is applicable for game engine implementations.

What I would like to do is to make it freely available for use for all non-commercial purposes, while at the same time imposing some percentage of royalty on revenue (above a certain threshold) that is derived from my work. Something very similar to Epic’s UDK licensing model.

To facilitate the use of my software, I plan to offer binaries (static libs) for several platforms, as well as obfuscated source code which I will freely distribute, in addition to documentation of the API. I simply want to impose the restriction that if you try to make money from it, I get a cut eventually.

I’m wondering if there are online forums and such where I am likely to find people who are willing to assist me in terms of learning what sort of things I have to do to get things down on the right kinds of documents. So far a site like this seems to be the most promising.

3 Responses to “Where can I find affordable legal advice for game software related inquiries?”

  1. Gamedev.net has a forum for Business and Law: http://www.gamedev.net/forum/5-business-and-law/

  2. Borrowing my answer from another question:

    I have no idea how capable he is; as always, Caveat Emptor.

  3. I was very pleased with my result from findlaw.com, http://lawyers.findlaw.com/lawyer/practice/Intellectual-Property-Law

    I submitted a simple web form with a question about my situation, and this site forwarded it to a practicing lawyer in the field I selected. He responded promptly. I had chosen an option for ‘offers free consult’, and I did indeed receive a half-hour meeting for free.

    In my case, I had been served with a takedown notice that I felt was unfounded. The lawyer completely answered my (very specific) questions about the matter. Unfortunately, even being on the right side of the law still requires more than half an hour of billable time. :) I was unwilling to pursue my case, but I would certainly contact that lawyer again.

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