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Saphya Council is an associate in the Interactive Entertainment, Advertising Technology, and Privacy & Data Security Groups at Frankfurt Kurnit.
Ms. Council's work includes reviewing licensing agreements, contractor service agreements, and website terms of service, and consulting with clients regarding in-game monetization and intellectual property.
Prior to joining Frankfurt Kurnit, Ms. Council interned with the firm’s Interactive Entertainment Group, working on projects involving video games, advertising, and music. While in law school, Ms. Council held various internships related to entertainment law, volunteered at the Fashion Law Clinic of Loyola Law School, and competed on the school’s Transactional Negotiation Team. Ms. Council became a certified mediator through the Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center in Los Angeles, where she used her multilingual skills in Chinese and Japanese to mediate civil disputes.
Ms. Council graduated with a bachelor's degree in Interactive Media Arts from New York University Shanghai in Shanghai, China where she also resided for three years. She earned her J.D. from Loyola Law School.
Ms. Council is a member of the Esports Bar Association’s Diversity Committee. She is an avid gamer and enjoys first person shooters, slice of life games, and survival horror games.
Loyola Law School (J.D., 2021)
-Editor-in-Chief, International and Comparative Law Review, Volume 44
NYU Shanghai (B.S., B.Eng., 2017)
-Dean’s Service Scholar
Upcoming Speaking Engagements
Past Speaking Engagements
Privacy and Children’s Issues
Daniel M. Goldberg moderates the “Privacy and Children’s Issues” panel during Frankfurt Kurnit’s The Legal Side of Video Games event in San Francisco with Saphya Council.
March 23 2023
Saphya Council at the GDoC Expo
Saphya Council presents, “Know Your Music Copy Rights: Work-for-hire vs. Licenses” during the Game Devs of Color Expo. Read more.
September 16 2022
PAX West 2022
Saphya Council and Emma C. Smizer present, “Crafting Contracts for Music in Games (13+)” at PAX West in Seattle. Read more.
September 5 2022
Saphya Council at PAX East 2022
Saphya Council moderates the panel, “The Business and Legal Walkthrough” during PAX East in Boston, MA. Read more.
April 22 2022
news & press
Loot Box Litigation Lessons For Game Developers
Saphya Council and Emma Smizer wrote the expert analysis column, “Loot Box Litigation Lessons For Game Developers” published in Law360. Read more.
Cyber Security Regulatory Risk Management
Rick Borden and Saphya Council wrote the article, “Cyber Security Regulatory Risk Management” published in the Jan-March 2023 issue of Risk & Compliance magazine. View Article
Professional Skateboarder Loses Lanham Act Case Against Video Game Companies
IP Litigator and The Licensing Journal published Saphya Council’s article, “Professional Skateboarder Loses Lanham Act Case Against Video Game Companies.” View Article
Supercell Oy: California Court Tosses Loot Box Class Action
Class Action Prospector shares Saphya Council’s article, “California Court Dismisses Loot Box Class Action Against Mobile Game Developer.”