Thanks

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A large number of people have encouraged and supported the development of Video Game Law as a course and website:

Associate Dean Janine Benedet and former Associate Dean Benjamin Goold for unfailing and profound support for the course and its less than orthodox methods. Their faith in the enterprise and their ability to remain kind and full of humour while suffering my constant barrage of emails over the years on matters large and small remains awe-inspiring.

Many others at the Allard School of Law have encouraged my efforts. These include Professor David Duff who approved the 2.0 incarnation of the course as well as former Deans Mary Anne Bobinski, Lynn Smith and  Joost Blom, Q.C. Always willing to help have been Professors Joel Bakan, Graham Reynolds and Joe Weiler. Dan Silverman has worked very hard and with admirable consistency over the years to improve and grow the technological capabilities of the course.

Richard Smith, Director of the Centre for Digital Media for actively encouraging and providing perspective and support in respect of the pedagogical and technological directions of the course.

The UBC Centre for Teaching, Learning & Technology for being an incredible facilitator of ideas, support and inspiration – in particular two wonderful collaborators.  The amazing Novak Rogic for leading me to the creation of a website, making it happen and meeting with me regularly  to design, improve, refine and evolve the on-line presence of the course. Will Engle has selflessly provided a seemingly endless supply of ideas, encouragement and follow-up.  Over the years there are a great many others at CTLT who have made real contributions to evolution of the course, including Enej Bajgoric, Jeff Miller, Devindra Payment, Richard Tape, Joe Zerdin, as well as the unfailingly professional Saeed Dyanatkar who was so much more than our camera-person during the Spring 2013 semester.

Erin Fields of UBC Libraries who leads the Open Badges UBC project for being integral to the incorporation and evolution of  open badges within the course.

To all the students of Video Game Law over the years and most recently to those who participated in the 2.o versions of Law 423 (Fall 2014 & Fall 2013) & Law 450 (Spring 2013) for being engaged, passionate and informed. You were terrific classes filled with amazing individuals.

Roch Ripley for his understanding, support and kindness – not to mention his academic and legal counter-points which are  always of great benefit.

Jia Lang who T.A.’d during Spring 2013, Helene Love and Chira Perla of the Allard School of Law, and Ken Cavalier who is doing his Doctorate in intellectual property law, for their support of the course, as well as for generously sharing their knowledge and perspectives.

All of the guest speakers in the course with special mention to those who travelled considerable distances to join us live.

Larry Bafia, Patrick Pennefather and George Johnson, colleagues at the Centre for Digital Media, who indulged my pretty constant desire to discuss and debate issues and subjects of the course. Patrick has been a huge influence, particularly on the pedagogic evolutions in the course. Dr. Kimberly Voll of the CDM/Radial Games/Roadhouse Interactive, and possibly the best pure teacher I have ever seen, for often providing inspiration and intellectual back-up when I was trying to figure out how to present complex materials.

My wife Corinne and our children Jeremy, Dara & Avrel for the support that really matters.

Apologies to all I have missed.

jon