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NFTs, IP and Games 2021: A Brave New World at the Speed of Light

Speaker(s): Cydney A. Tune, Kelly M. Conway, Riaz A. Karamali
Recorded on: May. 7, 2021
PLI Program #: 326563

Cydney Tune leads Pillsbury's Copyrights practice and Media & Entertainment industry team.  She handles a wide variety of intellectual property and entertainment matters, including copyrights and trademarks, and a broad array of licensing, digital media, rights enforcement, and the convergence of entertainment and technology.  Ms. Tune has extensive experience with issues in a wide variety of types of content including book and e-book publishing, television programs, motion pictures including documentaries and trailers, video games, performing arts including music, dance, and both virtual and live performances, visual arts including fine art, graphic arts, and photography, online and social media content of all kinds, and NFTs.

The Daily Journal has named Ms. Tune one of the Top 10 Copyright Lawyers in California and listed her among California's top "25 licensing specialists".  She is a "Best Lawyers in America" in Entertainment Law—in both the Music and Media Law categories.  She is also a “Super Lawyer” in intellectual property.  She is a frequent speaker and author on topics pertaining to intellectual property, entertainment, licensing and the convergence of entertainment and technology.


  • Past Vice Chair, ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, and Immediate Past Chair of the Licensing, Branding and Merchandise Division for that organization
  • Past Chair, Copyright Interest Group, State Bar of California IP Section, former Executive Committee member
  • Editorial Board, International Entertainment Law Journal
  • Advisory Board, Copyright World
  • Advisory Board, Internet Law & Strategy
  • Executive Committee and Northern California Chapter Chair, Emeritus, Copyright Society of the U.S.A.

Kelly is the General Counsel of Manticore Games, developer of Core, an “endless universe of games to play and worlds to explore designed by a global community of creators”. Core rewards its content creators with earned credits redeemable for fiat currency.

Prior to joining Manticore, Kelly was the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Linden Lab, creator of Second Life, and a Director of its payments subsidiary Tilia Inc. (registered as a money services business with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and licensed as a money transmitter in all U.S. states and territories where licenses are required) which powers virtual currencies such as Second Life’s Linden Dollar (L$).

As an industry veteran with more than 15 years in the interactive entertainment industry, she plays an instrumental role in providing legal guidance for her company’s corporate affairs, product development, intellectual property portfolios, privacy practices and regulatory compliance. Conway joined Linden Lab from Trion Worlds, Inc. where she was Vice President of Legal & Business Affairs after nearly six years as part of the legal and business affairs team of Sony Online Entertainment (SOE).

Riaz Karamali is a counselor and deal-maker who assists clients with negotiating and closing domestic and international venture finance, private equity, M&A and technology transactions.

Riaz has worked with hundreds of startup and emerging companies, guiding them from their pre-founding stages through their seed and venture capital financing rounds, significant commercial contracts and strategic alliances to their ultimate exit transactions. He has acted as outside general counsel to many such privately held companies in a wide range of industries, including the blockchain/cryptocurrency, video game, SaaS, FinTech, food tech, biotechnology, semiconductor, energy and medical device sectors. Riaz also regularly represents investors in such companies.