Virtual Legality

563 episodes
Virtual Legality is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm.
SONY PLAYSTATION IS SPARTACUS! | But Should Anybody Care? 28:20
SONY PLAYSTATION IS SPARTACUS! | But Should Anybody Care?
Virtual Legality – E650
8 months ago

Sony's Project Spartacus is finally unveiled! But is PlayStation's answer to Xbox's Game Pass really worth getting excited about? Or is it simply claiming to be something it's not? Not sure this is the rebellion we were looking for...in Virtual...

Bungie Takedowns - MAJOR UPDATE | YouTuber Claims Responsibility 22:32
Bungie Takedowns - MAJOR UPDATE | YouTuber Claims Responsibility
Virtual Legality – E648
8 months ago

With copyright strikes being made across the landscape of destiny content creators, Bungie has buckled down, issuing a statement that it did not request any such strikes and pushing to investigate the matter further. But behind the scenes, content...

YES-SCOPE | Activision, Microsoft, and FTC Enter a New Antitrust Phase 43:11
YES-SCOPE | Activision, Microsoft, and FTC Enter a New Antitrust Phase
Virtual Legality – E646
8 months ago

Activision Blizzard's year of news appearances is almost unbelievable, but perhaps none more so than the announcement that Microsoft and Xbox is purchasing them for just under $70 BILLION in cash. *** Now, the FTC has moved to even more closely examine..

THE COPYRIGHT TRAP EXPLAINED | Bungie’s Risky Business - A Byf Story (Destiny Lore) 17:12
THE COPYRIGHT TRAP EXPLAINED | Bungie’s Risky Business - A Byf Story (Destiny Lore)
Virtual Legality – E645
8 months ago

We've talked at length about largesse on this channel; about the fact that publishers clearly aren't giving the legal licenses necessary for creators to give them all the free marketing they otherwise enjoy. But rarely has the use of the "copyright...

GRAN TURISMO SEVERED | Messy Microtransaction Maintenance 25:37
GRAN TURISMO SEVERED | Messy Microtransaction Maintenance
Virtual Legality – E644
8 months ago

Gran Turismo 7 is a great game, but like so many other games in 2022 (and likely beyond), it is weighed down by microtransaction madness, hidden online requirements, and business decisions that don't consider the impact of both. All of which...

GAMERS BEWARE | Publishers Are Setting Copyright Infringement Traps 26:02
GAMERS BEWARE | Publishers Are Setting Copyright Infringement Traps
Virtual Legality – E643
8 months ago

Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin (what a name!) is the latest game to raise concerns about streaming guidelines, but it certainly isn't the first (and won't be the last). Why is gaming's present "largesse" and guidelines structure so risky? ..

XBOX TOO LENIENT? | Perfect Dark Raises Microsoft Management Concerns 29:26
XBOX TOO LENIENT? | Perfect Dark Raises Microsoft Management Concerns
Virtual Legality – E642
8 months ago

As the new (or pending) home for Zenimax, Bethesda, Activision Blizzard and more, Microsoft's Gaming Division has quite a bit more on its plate than even as late as 2019. But doubling in size in a little over two years would be difficult for anyone, and.

DR. DISRESPECT VS TWITCH | A Lawyer Discusses the End of the "Legal Dispute" 25:17
DR. DISRESPECT VS TWITCH | A Lawyer Discusses the End of the "Legal Dispute"
Virtual Legality – E641
9 months ago

The Dr. Disrespect vs Twitch saga ends just as abruptly as it began and with even fewer words than before. Why should we all have expected just such an outcome? Well represented parties know when to stay quiet...in Virtual Legality. #Twitch #Bans...

"NO APOLOGY, NO NOTHING" | An Insider On the Fall of Artesian Builds 42:03
"NO APOLOGY, NO NOTHING" | An Insider On the Fall of Artesian Builds
Virtual Legality – E640
9 months ago

Artesian Builds has held the unenviable national spotlight for more than a week. But as the days press on issues begin to mount, and a company with a great deal of promise begins to fall apart. Join us as we discuss the most recent turns in the story...

GAMING VS RUSSIA | Cutting Out Russia to Support Ukraine 31:13
GAMING VS RUSSIA | Cutting Out Russia to Support Ukraine
Virtual Legality – E636
9 months ago

As Russia's war against Ukraine continues, companies around the world are being called to give signs of solidarity with Ukraine, including, in the past few days, those of the video game industry. What actions have CD Projekt (including GOG), Bloober...

Licensing Lessons w/ Sora, Smash Brothers, Disney, and More 29:31
Licensing Lessons w/ Sora, Smash Brothers, Disney, and More
Virtual Legality – E554
1 year ago

The final Super Smash Brothers Ultimate character has arrived! And it's non other than fan favorite Sora of the Disney/Square Enix game franchise Kingdom Hearts. But with so many intellectual property cooks in the kitchen, just how difficult was it to...

Facebook Whistleblower Frances Haugen: A Difficult Legal Case 46:50
Facebook Whistleblower Frances Haugen: A Difficult Legal Case
Virtual Legality – E553
1 year ago

In an explosive 60 Minutes Interview, former Facebook employee Frances Haugen acted as "whistleblower" exposing her former employer's internal research on hate speech, divisiveness, and more, with the claim that the same was a violation of US securities..

SETTLEMENT! Scarlett Johansson and Disney End Black Widow Feud 19:00
SETTLEMENT! Scarlett Johansson and Disney End Black Widow Feud
Virtual Legality – E552
1 year ago

The Black Widow saga is ended. Scarlett Johansson and Disney have agreed to terms on the payments to be made to the actress/producer for her work in her character's solo MCU outing. But why now? And did anyone actually win in this fight? What did it.

Nintendo Denies Switch 4K Rumors...Or Does It? 18:24
Nintendo Denies Switch 4K Rumors...Or Does It?
Virtual Legality – E551
1 year ago

It's Nintendo Switch Pro rumor time again! Now with even more denials from Nintendo. What did Bloomberg report? How was it characterized by Nintendo? And when is a lie not a lie? Parsing - it's not just a programming term...in Virtual Legality. ...

A New World: Amazon, Netflix, Arms Races, and the Metaverse 21:04
A New World: Amazon, Netflix, Arms Races, and the Metaverse
Virtual Legality – E550
1 year ago

As Amazon Games experiences its first success with New World, Netflix launches both its mobile gaming initiative and announces its first studio new acquisition. What does the future of gaming hold? It might be something very different from its past. ...

Activision Blizzard: Sued By EEOC, Settles about an Hour Later 45:30
Activision Blizzard: Sued By EEOC, Settles about an Hour Later
Virtual Legality – E549
1 year ago

You are unlikely to find a lawsuit and settlement quite as closely situated in time as those between the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Activision Blizzard on September 27, 2021. But while some are enthused that Activision is...

Bungie Stealing Fan Art? Destiny, Derivative Works, and Copyright 21:09
Bungie Stealing Fan Art? Destiny, Derivative Works, and Copyright
Virtual Legality – E548
1 year ago

Fans want to support and create in the universes they love and Bungie's Destiny universe is no different. But what happens when the owner of that universe uses a fan creation in its own material? What are derivative works and what does it mean when...

Made for Hire? Understanding the "Marvel Method" Copyright Controversy 31:33
Made for Hire? Understanding the "Marvel Method" Copyright Controversy
Virtual Legality – E547
1 year ago

Marvel and Disney's ownership of major characters like Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, and Thor is being challenged by the estates of the individuals that originally created them, but do those individuals have the right to terminate decades-old agreements? ..

What Even Is Non-Competition? Games Workshop and the Very Odd NDA 22:25
What Even Is Non-Competition? Games Workshop and the Very Odd NDA
Virtual Legality – E546
1 year ago

Games Workshop (controllers of Warhammer and Warhammer 40k) has had a bit of legal drama surrounding it of late, but the latest is perhaps even more interesting than most. What is normal in an Non-Disclosure Agreement? What is not? And what makes a...

Epic v Apple: APPLE LIED? Fortnite Out for (Much) Longer than a Fortnight 41:57
Epic v Apple: APPLE LIED? Fortnite Out for (Much) Longer than a Fortnight
Virtual Legality – E545
1 year ago

"Apple lied." - Tim Sweeney, September 22, 2021 Fortnite will not return to iOS (or Apple in general) until the court process has played itself out. Epic (through CEO Tim Sweeney) claims this a reversal of promises made by Apple both publicly and...