Virtual Legality
536 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.
Virtual Legality – E536
2 weeks ago
Take Two Interactive has sued the developers of "re3" and "reVC", reverse engineered source code projects designed to make Grand Theft Auto 3 and Vice City playable on unsupported platforms with additional features. Many other developers have elected not
Virtual Legality – E535
2 weeks ago
The US Supreme Court's "shadow docket" of emergency motion decisions has long been a source of curiosity and controversy, but no more so then when the State of Texas deputized its citizenry to enforce a new abortion law (S.B. 8). What was asked of the...
Virtual Legality – E534
2 weeks ago
A new challenger has entered the "Epic vs Apple" fray, but is South Korea's new "anti-google" bill as significant to the tech titans as some have assumed? There's a difference between rights and means..in Virtual Legality. #Epic #Apple #SouthKorea ***.
Virtual Legality – E533
2 weeks ago
Starfield - the game no one has seen (but which everyone wants to fight over), continues to be a sticking point in Microsoft's post-Bethesda merger messaging. What did Bethesda's Pete Hines say about the Xbox exclusive, and why did so many report on...
Virtual Legality – E532
2 weeks ago
The "Epic vs Apple" opinion is not quite ready for public consumption, but as other developers agree to settlements and Epic CEO Tim Sweeney tries to box Apple into a corner, there's no question that even the trial court's decision is not likely to end...
Virtual Legality – E531
3 weeks ago
"...DFEH is also informed...documents related to investigations and complaints were shredded by human resource personnel and emails are deleted thirty (30) days after an employee’s separation." - Department of Fair Housing and Employment (CA),...
Virtual Legality – E530
3 weeks ago
Twitch's ban of Dr. Disrespect in the Summer of 2020, when he was then one of the platform's most popular streamers, has been a constant topic of debate and conversation in the gaming and game streaming industries. Now, that debate has changed as talk of
Virtual Legality – E529
3 weeks ago
With anticipation as high as it is for Tom Holland's third solo stint as Spider-Man in Spider-Man: No Way Home, Sony (making the movie in partnership with Disney and Marvel) has had quite the time keeping details of the film under wraps. But on Sunday,..
Virtual Legality – E528
1 month ago
It's our annual (semi-annual?), let's respond to some...interesting claims made on YouTube episode! In this installment - Is Roblox, one of the most popular gaming platforms in the world, exploiting your child? What you don't know...probably won't...
Virtual Legality – E527
1 month ago
Abandoned, Blue Box, and studio head Hasan Kahraman have provided the game industry with some of its more interesting storylines in 2021. But when Mr. Kahraman is finally interviewed by one of gaming's largest outlets in IGN, one can't help but wonder.
Virtual Legality – E526
1 month ago
Among Us and Fortnite - two of the most popular multiplayer games in the world. But what happens when one decides to become an impostor of the other? Some think it's pretty...sus. The law, however, may well be more welcoming. We'd definitely cover an
Virtual Legality – E525
1 month ago
The world of gaming in 2021 is much different than it has been throughout its history. Multiplayer and live service games dominate the landscape, and licensed material has found more of a home, not just in the soundtracks of play, but in their substance.
Virtual Legality – E524
1 month ago
Apple has long sold its iPhone on the value of privacy, of having one's personal life kept separate from the all-seeing eyes of other technology companies and/or the state. Has that promise been illusory? To some extent, of course. But now, with the..
Virtual Legality – E523
1 month ago
In the face of California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) lawsuit, Activision Blizzard faces new investor demands as it continues to "clean house". Activist investors are going to be active...in Virtual Legality. #California...
Virtual Legality – E522
1 month ago
What do you get when you cross a games company, a subscription service, and a robust universe of community created content? You get Games Workshop telling Warhammer animators (and modders?) what they can do with their fan animations. But is that in...
Virtual Legality – E521
1 month ago
It's a common topic here in Virtual Legality, but an important one: What is Fair Use? How does it interact with the DMCA? And how does Twitch operate in such a grey area legally? Now, popular Twitch streamer xQc has made public his fight with the...
Virtual Legality – E520
1 month ago
In the face of California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) lawsuit, Activision Blizzard is now seeing mutinies across investors, employees, journalists, and sponsors. What did Week 2 bring and what might the future of all such...
Virtual Legality – E519
1 month ago
In the face of California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) lawsuit, Activision Blizzard has been at times defiant, empathetic, political, and more. Now, with the departure of J. Allen Brack, Blizzard head, they appear to be softening...
Virtual Legality – E518
1 month ago
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has had a tough couple of years. Now, after pandemic delays, "interesting" TV excursions, and a general lack of the star power we saw in the heights of 2019, Disney has found itself in yet another Marvel related...
Virtual Legality – E517
1 month ago
California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) lawsuit against Activision Blizzard continues to cause reputational damage to the global game publisher. With pictures now coming out of the alleged Cosby Suite and close ties to the...