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Faculty Pub Night Featuring Robert Brain

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Please join us on December 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the library for our fourth Faculty Pub Night of the 2018-2019 season, featuring Robert Brain, Clinical Professor of Law at Loyola Law School. Brain will discuss his book, Videogame Law: Cases, Statutes, Forms, Problems & Materials.

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About the Author’s Work

The book Videogame Law is the only casebook in the United States that focuses on videogames. Legal casebooks are a compilation of cases and notes that help explain the legal framework of a subject. It is not surprising that there is a casebook for contracts or torts, but why videogames?

One reason is that the sheer size of the industry merits study. In 2016, the worldwide revenues for videogames were about $78 billion, which dwarfs the revenues from film ($38 billion), music ($17 billion) and the NFL, Major League Baseball, and the NBA combined (about $30 billion). With that much money changing hands, legal issues are bound to arise.

However, one of the central reasons for the book is that, more than most industries, lawyers also help define the contours of the business. What can be copyrighted helps define what new videogames are made. Whether videogames are protected by the First Amendment defines how much regulation is permitted. Whether names, images, and likenesses of athletes and others are protected under a right of publicity helps define the content of games. The extent of privacy rights helps determine how intrusive devices like Kinect and interactive controllers can be. The book allows the reader to learn how the law affects the business of videogames.

About the Author

Bob Brain is a Clinical Professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. After graduating from Stanford University with a B.S. and an M.S. in biochemistry, and from Boalt Hall School of Law with his J.D., he became a business litigator at a large firm in Los Angeles. But he still found time for working with the underprivileged, receiving the pro bono publico award from the LA County Bar Association for his work with Public Counsel, and represented the ACLU in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. He has also tried cases on a volunteer basis for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

He later joined the faculty at Pepperdine University School of Law where he taught contracts and constitutional law, as well as other courses, and had as his highlight co-teaching a course on the history of the Supreme Court with Chief Justice Rehnquist.

He joined the Loyola Law School faculty ten years ago and has since published a number of articles and books on evidence and contracts. He is the co-author of the only casebook on videogame law, and is an elected member of the Videogame Bar Association .He has served as a member of the Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct of the California State Bar, which writes ethics opinions for the Bar, and is involved in the national leadership of law professors.

About Faculty Pub Night

Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and any members of the public are all invited to the 2018-2019 series of Faculty Pub Night at the William H. Hannon Library. Eight LMU professors (four per semester) are selected annually to discuss their latest publication or project in a comfortable setting and format that welcomes diverse perspectives for an inclusive conversation aimed to educate the entire community. All Faculty Pub Nights are free and open to the public. Pub refreshments and snacks will be served courtesy of the William H. Hannon Library.

For more information about this event, contact John Jackson, Head of Outreach & Communications for the William H. Hannon Library, at (310) 338-5234 or john.jackson@lmu.edu.