On December 4, 2013, partner Lee S. Brenner gave a CLE presentation in Santa Monica, CA titled "Stolen Ideas in the World of Videogames.” Plaintiffs’ claims of stolen ideas are all too familiar, especially in cases involving videogames, particularly now that the federal courts have confirmed copyright law does not preempt idea theft claims (or, Desny claims). Until recently, idea theft law has been notably less developed than copyright law, but that is starting to change as courts flesh out the standards on the critical element of “use”. This CLE focused on the intersection of copyright and idea theft law, recent developments in copyright and idea theft law, recent decisions, with a particular emphasis on cases in which videogames were alleged to have improperly used someone’s ideas, defending against idea theft claims, and practical tips for avoiding litigation altogether.