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INTRODUCTION

I am Rob Hassett, an attorney in Atlanta, and I provide legal services in the corporate, technology and entertainment areas.  I mostly represent creative people, many of whom   have or will become very successful.   In addition to this Website, I also created, own and manage:

TellMeSomethingIDontAlreadyKnow.com

MY PROMISE

I promise to always do my best to provide value to each client that far exceeds what I charge.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Rob Hassett

Casey Gilson P.C.

980 Hammond Drive, Suite 800

Atlanta, GA 30328

Direct Tel.  678-514-1557

Law Firm Tel. 770-512-0300

fax 770-512-0070

email: rob@internetlegal.com

www.internetlegal.com

tellmesomethingidontalreadyknow.com

 caseygilson.com

RATINGS

I am honored to be AMONG the HIGHEST RATED LAWYERS in:

MARTINDALE.COM

 SUPERLAWYERS 

and

BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA

 

 Georgia Tech

I have taught many classes in the Professional Education Program at Ga. Tech.

WHAT’S UP

  Here is a recent press release about the upcoming 2015 Investment Day at SiEGE for which I am Co-Chair

For Immediate Release

SIEGE Opens Investment Conference to Game Studios Seeking Investors

 

The Southern Interactive Entertainment and Game Expo will host the fifth edition of its popular Investment Conference for entrepreneurs with the “next big game” idea.

 

ATLANTA, GA. (Aug. 6, 2015) – The Georgia Game Developers Association today announced it was opening 10 slots for game studios and related companies interested in pitching to investors at the fifth edition of its popular Investment Conference this October. The investment conference, held at the GGDA’s flagship SIEGE conference, provides an opportunity to expand the gaming industry in Georgia with quality investment and game titles that would not normally be possible otherwise.

 

In addition to getting their game before leading investors, participants receive mentoring and compete to win free legal consulting and $1000. Companies and individuals wanting to pitch can apply via

http://www.siegecon.net/events/investment.

“As the Georgia game development industry has grown, the state’s investment community has taken notice,” said Andrew Greenberg, president of the GGDA.  “This conference allows both investors and developers to learn both how to work from the other and what to expect from them. We are always pleased to see business opportunities to develop here.”

 

This year’s Investment Conference, sponsored by Tripwire Interactive and the State Tax Credit Exchange, features a large panel of investors and industry experts to whom developers and companies can pitch ideas. The conference also provides a forum for game companies wanting to learn how to work with investors and vise-versa. These venues offer a chance for two sides of game development to share opportunities and ideas between each other.

“There are both opportunities and risks for investors looking to support game development and game companies seeking investors,” said Rob Hassett, an attorney at Casey Gilson and director of the SIEGE investment conference. “Both of these groups are aware of the opportunities, and a little bit of education can go a long way to reducing the risks. The game industry is still new and growing, and it has its own unique issues of which many investors are not aware.”
Taking place in Atlanta, GA, SIEGE is the largest professional game development conference in the Southern United States. Since 2007, SIEGE has featured leading figures from the industry and has hosted panels reflecting a wide spectrum of the game production industry including artists, programmers, designers, investors, writers, teachers and business executives. The event also showcases a College Fair for high school students and a Game Studio Investment Conference.

 

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WORLD’S FASTEST DRUMM

There are more than 9 million views of YouTube videos of or about WFD competitions.

For more information visit http://worldsfastestdrumm

Georgia Game Developers Association

I am the General Counsel  of the GGDA.

Here is a link to my slide show for GGDA’s annual Southern Interactive Entertainment & Game ExpoVideo Game Law Year in Review where I addressed the Apple vs Samsung case, Crowdfunding and the Tax Incentives available to game developers in Georgia.

Intellectual Property Law Section of the Atlanta Bar Association

I was a founding board member of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the Atlanta Bar Association.

Chair of ABA Subcommittee on Top Level Domains

I served as Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section’s  Subcommittee on Policies for Managing Generic Top Level Domains of the Special Committee on Trademarks and the Internet during the 1998-1999 term, and the Chair from 1999 to 2001,

Other Boards

I served on the Board of Directors of SERIS,  a leading non-profit Internet organization at the time, as well as on the Board of Directors of IMAGE (now known as the Atlanta Film Festival 365), a  leading non-profit independent film and video organization in the Southeast.  I also served on the board and/or committees of the Georgia Chapter of the International Interactive Communications Society and the Southeastern Software Association.   I was the Chairman and co-founder of the 1995 Atlanta Interactive Media Expo.

ARTICLES

I Have written many articles which have been published in a variety of publications including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Computer World, Business to Business Magazine, Fulton County Daily Report, the Atlanta Lawyer, Northside Woman Magazine and the Gwinnett Business Journal. You can access a list of (with links to) most of my articles that are about law by mouse clicking here.  I have given more than 75 presentations  about my areas of expertise.

Client Endorsements

To read client recommendations, see postings on Linkedin by clicking here.

EDUCATION

I graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering.  While attending Georgia Tech, I was a co-op for the Georgia Power Company.  I attended law school at The University of Georgia, where I was a member of the editorial board of the Georgia Law Review and graduated cum laude.

Co-Author

I was a Co-Author of Volume 5 of Lexis/Nexis’ ten volume treatise entitled “Entertainment Industry Contracts.”  Volume 5 is about contracts relating to Interactive Media (such as video games) and the Internet.  By drafting many forms which helped set the standard for contracts in those industries, and receiving calls from subscribers to the treatise,   I learned much about how forms could be helpful and non-helpful.  For example, usually it was not feasible to write an agreement that would be optimal in every state and country desired.  Many laws vary from state to state and country to country.  Additionally, as a writer I was very aware of the trade off of the clearness of a simple agreement against the thoroughness of a more complicated one.  Where that balance should be struck was a constant concern.

SHOULD ENTREPRENEURS COPY THEIR COMPETITORS’

Internet  FORMS?

By

Rob Hassett

January 1, 2015

Clients often want to know if it is okay to copy an internet related form posted by a competitor.  It may be, but here is what you should consider in deciding whether to copy what I refer to as “Internet Related Legal Documents” (or “Internet Documents”) from other websites. Read More

VIDEOS

My first video of a new video series about law for entrepreneurs is now available here.  In it I provide the minimum information any entrepreneur should know about trademark law.

This video, and more than ten others, are available on the Video Page of this Website.

SELECTION AND PROTECTION OF TRADEMARKS

(Should You Do It Yourself, Hire An Attorney or What?)

As is the case with a lot of areas of law, but more so than in most, protecting a trademark or service mark is a lot like playing chess.  

Read More

COPYRIGHTS

Any person who is adept at filling out forms and similar detailed work, like completing tax returns, and has the time to read about various applicable laws can probably do an adequate job of   protecting copyrights in, including filing applications to register copyrights in, most works including books, articles, songs, sound recordings and videos, created by  one person who also is the only owner of copyrights in such work.   If there is more than one author, more than one copyright owner, the copyright owner is not the owner of the copyright or the work includes computer programs or is otherwise interactive in some way, it is suggested that you hire a copyright attorney to manage copyright protection for applicable works.

 

MY Mission

My mission as an attorney is to facilitate the the creation, development, commercialization and distribution of technologically and creatively based works and services that help make the world a better place. 

Some of My Quotes

Our options have recently changed” usually means that the owners have not listened to their message and are not aware that their message  still says that.

“Important Changes to Your Account” means what is in the envelope or email is good for the sender and bad for you but it is not sufficiently likely to be important to you for you to object and the sender would not change anything if you did.

“We care about your privacy,” means the company wants you to think that they care about your privacy.

“Nothing is as important in life as having a good reputation and nothing affects one’s reputation as much as keeping one’s word.”

Favorite Quotes by Others

Yes, we all have free will.  The question is, can we will our will? A. Einstein

Dice have no memory.  A. Diaz

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