David S. Rosenbaum

Partner / WOODLAND HILLS,

Area of Expertise

  • Interactive Entertainment and Video Games
  • Intellectual Property and Technology
  • Sports Law
  • Entertainment and Music

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1981
  • California, 1987

Education

  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, Juris Doctor, 1980
  • The George Washington University, B.A. in Political Science, 1976

Notable Accomplishments

  • Co-Founder and first President of the Video Game Bar Association
  • Represented the developer of “Words With Friends” in defeating a DMCA Take Down claim
  • Negotiated the sale of development studios to publishers such as Sony Computer Entertainment America, Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment, Zynga, and Wargaming
  • Negotiated a series of distribution agreements for the worldwide release of “The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings” and “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt”
  • Advised the publisher of “Broken Sword” on its successful Kickstarter campaign
  • Successfully protected the publicity rights of fighters of The Ultimate Fighting Championship against unauthorized videogame use
  • Managed the successful prosecution of the first case of passing off against a merchandise counterfeiter in Canada

David S. Rosenbaum

Partner / WOODLAND HILLS

David S. Rosenbaum is a Partner and senior member of the Interactive Entertainment and Video Games practice group at Gerard Fox Law.  Mr. Rosenbaum has a wide-ranging international law practice, advising clients from around the world in matters such as developing and publishing games and related technology licensing; mergers and acquisitions in the game industry; licensing of brands, character, comic book, entertainment and sports properties; film and TV distribution; and book publishing.

Mr. Rosenbaum has practiced law in the entertainment industry since 1981.  From 1981 to 1993, Mr. Rosenbaum held in-house legal positions at Paramount Pictures, where he counseled on a wide variety of legal matters ranging from production, marketing and distribution of motion pictures to licensing and merchandising of character and entertainment properties.  In 1986, he was promoted to Vice President of Legal Affairs for Paramount’s Marketing Division and was in charge of the legal and business affairs of Paramount’s Licensing Department, where he played an active role in all aspects of Paramount’s global licensing operations.

Since entering private practice in 1993, Mr. Rosenbaum has represented leading publishers and developers of video and computer games, as well as property owners licensing game/digital rights.  Mr. Rosenbaum has represented and continues to represent companies based in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Europe, Scandinavia, Israel, Canada, Colombia, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand, who have retained him to represent their interests in the United States as well as US-based companies which conduct business around the world.

Mr. Rosenbaum is a Co-Founder and was the first President of the Video Game Bar Association, the only international bar association whose mission is to serve the community of lawyers worldwide actively engaged in representing clients in the interactive entertainment and video games industry.  Mr. Rosenbaum continues to serve on the Board of Directors and is currently the Treasurer of the VGBA.  Mr. Rosenbaum is a frequent lecturer on legal and business issues in the video game industry at game industry events such as the Game Developers Conference GDC Europe, E3, Australian and New Zealand Game Developers Conferences, AnimFx (New Zealand), as well as at events sponsored by the Practicing Law Institute, Loyola Law School, Southwestern Law School, Beverly Hills Bar Association, California Lawyers for the Arts and the Santa Monica Bar Association.  From 2007 to 2011, David was as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School, teaching Video Game Law.

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