Virtual Legality
396 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.
Virutal Legality – E390
1 day ago
The "battle of the bans" heats up as Amazon responds to Parler's lawsuit, but did the Big Tech giant do enough to stave off a temporary restraining order? Let's dive in. The Amazon is a great river, sure, but our favorite might be 'Denial' Virtual.
Virtual Legality – E387
2 days ago
When Disney and Electronic Arts entered into a ten year exclusive license agreement for the creation of "core" Star Wars games back in 2013, one could forgive both sides for thinking that the sky would be the limit for the alliance. But now in 2021, a...
Virutal Legality – E388
2 days ago
Video game publisher Raw Fury has taken the unusual step of putting its publishing contract onto the Internet, and we couldn't be happier! In Part III, join us as we look at one of the publisher's most important obligations: actually selling the...
Virutal Legality – E389
2 days ago
Ah, CD Projekt Red's Cyberpunk 2077, the game that launched a thousand YouTube videos. With much of the heat dialed down after the game's *rocky* December 2020 release, CD Projekt and CDPR co-founder Marcin Iwinski took to YouTube and the Internet to...
Virtual Legality – E386
3 days ago
With seemingly every technology company removing or disabling access to accounts and applications seen as sympathetic to President Trump after the events at the Capitol last week, it was only a matter of time before we saw our first lawsuit. And that...
Virtual Legality – E385
4 days ago
With the US House of Representatives introducing Articles of Impeachment against President Trump for the events at the Capitol last week, many are wondering just what effect his removal would have on the statutory pensions, protections, and other awards..
Virtual Legality – E384
1 week ago
With President Trump facing political headwinds the likes of which are rarely seen in American politics, join us as we dive deep into the US Constitution and attempt to provide clarity around the concepts of Presidential Removal (25th Amendment),...
Virtual Legality – E383
1 week ago
Video game publisher Raw Fury has taken the unusual step of putting its publishing contract onto the Internet, and we couldn't be happier! In Part II, join us as we look at one of the developer's most important obligations: actually delivering the...
Virtual Legality – E382
1 week ago
One of our favorite topics here in Virtual Legality is the unusual relationship between video games, streaming, copyrights, and software licensing; and in particular how a failure to license the right to actually stream (or make videos from) games puts...
Virtual Legality – E381
1 week ago
Video game publisher Raw Fury has taken the unusual step of putting its publishing contract onto the Internet, and we couldn't be happier! Join us for Part I as we look at some of the most important early terms in the contract, including ownership of..
Virtual Legality – E380
1 week ago
2021 is beginning like 2020 ended - with Cyberpunk stories! Only this time, CD Projekt Red's now-(in)famous Cyberpunk 2077 launch is not at issue, but instead it is the Nintendo Switch launch of a little known title called "Sense: A Cyberpunk Ghost...
Virtual Legality – E379
2 weeks ago
The release of CD Projekt Red's Cyberpunk 2077 has resulted in what was quickly becoming inevitable: a class action lawsuit. But what did CDPR know and when did they know it? Why is the filed complaint not likely to be indicative of what CDPR is...
Virtual Legality – E378
3 weeks ago
While the Internet has long talked of "Nintendo Ninjas" that will spring at a moment's notice to take down the latest unwitting fan game or Internet post, never before has the video game giant's prior behavior been made so clear as it has been with the...
Virutal Legality – E377
3 weeks ago
With so many news stories covered this year, there were bound to be a few that needed updating. Join us as we revisit the Dragonlance lawsuit; Duke Nukem, Gearbox, and Bobby Prince; the felony streaming bill (as incorporated in the 2021 appropriations.
Virutal Legality – E376
3 weeks ago
The release of CD Projekt Red's Cyberpunk 2077 has been perhaps the most dramatic of the year; delays, crunch, intellectual property takedowns, ill-advised management commentary, dramatic store removals, bugs, deception, and crashes both of the hardware.
Virtual Legality – E375
4 weeks ago
With Sony's dramatic decision to pull Cyberpunk 2077 from its digital store shelves, all eyes turned towards Microsoft and Xbox. And what did the gaming giant decide to do? As it turns out, it mostly held firm - defending developer (and marketing...
Virutal Legality – E374
4 weeks ago
When Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red (CDPR) and its parent company CD Projekt went out with an "offer" to dissatisfied Cyberpunk customers - telling them they could get refunds from Microsoft and Sony, one could be forgiven for assuming that the..
Virtual Legality – E373
4 weeks ago
When Activision announced a "unified" progression track across its Call of Duty franchise, it also heavily implied that one could invest in one or more of the titles in such progression without fear of losing the value of that investment. But now, with..
Virtual Legality – E372
1 month ago
The launch of Cyberpunk 2077 may be a major source of pain for CD Projekt (and developer CD Projekt Red), but it's not the only one. No, today, CD Projekt and its subsidiary Good Old Games (GOG) showed a special devotion to staying in the news cycle,..
Virtual Legality – E371
1 month ago
In the world of Cyberpunk 2077, the "Corpos" are individuals charged with realizing the desires of the unfeeling evolution of the modern global corporation, willing to make any statement, pursue any avenue, in furtherance of their goals. While...