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Welcome! I am teaching law at St. Petersburg State University and engaged in legal practice with the international law firm Dentons. Major part of my research is connected to virtual worlds and massive multiplayer online games (a broad field which includes Internet law, video game law, virtual law and game studies). My legal practice is focused on providing support to computer game companies. This interest derives from my passion for computer games which I consider as one of the most important cultural artifacts ever created. Please note that this blog conveys my private opinion which is not necessarily shared by any organisations I am associated with. For more formal and detailed introduction please visit my website arkhipov.info which serves more as a 'business card'.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Webinar Invitation: Russia's Impending Localization Law

Dear All,


On Thu, Aug 27 at 2PM BST / 5PM MSK / 9AM EST DataGuidance will be hosting a complimentary webinar: 'Russia's impending localization law - A global privacy trend?'

Speakers will include Julia Borden-Le Berre (Senior Regional Counsel Privacy & Data Protection, Mastercard), Steve Wright (Chief Privacy Officer, Unilever), my colleague Anastasia Zagorodnaya (Of Counsel, Dentons) and myself - Vladislav Arkhipov (Of Counsel, Dentons).

Anastasia and me shall focus on an overview of the legal requirements of the Russian "localization amendments" and the impact on foreign companies operating in Russia or targeting Russian citizens, along with insights related to "border-line" cases.

Our part will be based on the most recent experience of work on personal data matters with international companies of various industries in dynamic Russian environment.

Besides international companies with centralized data processing, "localization amendments" have special impact on companies operating online and targeting Russia without having corporate representation here. 

The registration link is here. We welcome everyone interested in the topic to join the webinar!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

My Recent Conference Presentations - Videos (in Russian)

By this date some of my presentations delivered at various conferences are available on YouTube (in Russian):

Winter Nights 2014, Saint Petersburg
"Gambling and Non-Gambling on Mobile. Problems of Separation and Legal Consequences"


DevGAMM 2014, Minsk
"Game Cloning form Legal Perspective: General Account and Practical Advice for Responsible Developers"


Readings of Patent Attorneys Collegium, Saint Petersburg
"Problems of Intellectual Property Rights Protection in Computer Games: Overseas Experience"


Many points are topical, so please feel free to contact me should you decide to discuss them.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Legal Issues Which Concern Video Game Industry (First Half of 2014)

Further to legal practice with an international law firm which has several video game industry clients on its profile with whom I already had a pleasure to work with, I would like to make a short summary of those legal issues which concerned video game industry most in the first half of 2014. This experience is supplemented by questions which I received (and answered) in friendly manner, generally further to speeches at conferences such as Winter Nights 2014 and others.

By this date I have identified EIGHT key legal ares to consider while launching a video game project. Click 'READ MORE' below to find them out (unless this post already shows itself for you in an explicit manner).

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Five Lessons To Learn From A Successful Blog Post

So, as mentioned in my previous post, I recenlty had a succesful blog post which had 4870 views, 15 likes and 48 comments. 

The post was created on Jan. 13 2014 at a popular Russian social network for lawyers Zakon.ru. The name is 'Bitcoin: основные принципы и отдельные юридически-значимые особенности' (i.e. 'Bitcoin: main principles and certain legally important peculiarities'). 

I believe that such results are pretty good, and now, after about two months have passed, I am able to identify several key aspects which predetermined this.

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My Recent Media Appearances

A brief recap on what I did from the beginning of the 2014 in terms of media appearance and have not yet mentioned on this blog (three more publications hidden behind 'READ MORE', one of them - on computer games).

1) Mar. 18 2014. Moscow Times. Legal Pitfalls of Social Networks: What Should a User Be Aware of? [Article, English]

A short article describing legal risks which an ordinary user of a social network faces. 'When you are on the Internet you should act as if your messages remain there forever and are publicly available'. 

2) Feb. 20 2014. LexisNexis AML Conference. Electronic Currency. New Horizons or Serious Risks? [Presentation, English]

A presentation which contains a brief assessment of cryptocurrencies in view of electronic money regulations set forth by the Russian Law on National Payment System. 'Bitcoin per se can be viewed... as a record keeping system'.

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Waking Up From Hibernation

This blog was on hold for a few months. The main reason is that I joined international law firm Dentons (you may check my profile here, by the way) and had a lot of things to reformat, even more so cosidering the fact that I do not give up the University. 

One of the most important issues was to get in proper schedule so that I can do my job effectively without sacrificing everything else, including game studies, social networks and, of course, computer games themselves.

Nothing new, I am sure, for anyone who has cared to check my Facebook, Instagram or Slideshare profile recently, but I am happy to admit that I do manage to balance. A bit of wisdom is the same as before - do what thou wilt


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Friday, January 3, 2014

Instagram And Visual Information

I have joined Instagram today. I did not witness Twitter's success in its time, so I was impressed by Instagram's popularity and speed of reaction to my first photos posted. Instagram statistics look cool: over 150 million monthly active users, 16 billion photos shared in total, 1.2 billion likes and 55 million photos shared every day (check here).

On a second thought, it did not look so surprising, rather logical. In the modern world everyone feels the overflow of information. There is much more information than anyone's brain could ever digest. One needs probably about half a minute to intake an average verbal blog post, but only a few seconds to check a photo and react on it. 

Looks like visual social netwroks (but not necessarily implying actual photos) may be the future of the web.

Borrowed here. My only legal hope is that most jurisdictions allow
trademark usage outside of their registered business aims,
like for academic and information purpose.