IP Law in the Metaverse
Creation and transfer of rights including by Web3 (blockchain) technologies
- Product Number: 2240006WBC
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Widely proposed for enabling transactions across virtual worlds are Web3 technologies, based on blockchain ledgers that disseminate transaction data via peer-to-peer networks as a subset of the Internet. Involving billions of dollars in commerce, Web3 technologies include digital assets such as cryptocurrencies (fungible tokens) and nonfungible tokens (NFTs) that authenticate ownership of other assets, ranging from digital art to rights in tangible art to interests in corporate entities or in real property. These tokens are minted and traded on various blockchains and coordinated in bridges with other blockchains and exchanges for real, “fiat” currency. The persistence (immutability) of and decentralized interaction with these blockchains make them models for effecting and recording transactions between interconnected virtual worlds.
As the boundaries between virtual and physical realities blur, the question of who owns what in the digital realm becomes paramount. It involves consideration of traditional intellectual property rights such as copyrights, patents, and trademarks, but also other proprietary claims arising from contract rights and privacy rights under data protection laws. It also includes consideration of the interplay of these interests with various components and layers of Web3 transactions. Our panel of experts discusses these and other issues associated with IP considerations in the metaverse.
Agenda & Materials
2:00 - 2:05 pm
Welcome and IntroductionStephen Y. Chow, Esq., Stephen Y. Chow, PC , Boston
2:05 - 2:55 pm
2:55 - 3:35 pm
3:35 - 4:35 pm
4:30 - 4:50 pm
4:50 - 5:00 pm
"Ask the Experts" Q&A Session and Key TakeawaysPanel
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