When leaks of major plot points, screenshots, and cinematic cut-scenes from the much anticipated Sony/Naughty Dog exclusive "Last of Us Part II" started being disseminated early this week, there could be little doubt that Sony would take some kind of drastic legal action.
But where Sony would appear to have an undoubtedly legitimate claim against any employee responsible for contract breaches, the legitimacy of that claim falls away entirely when it comes to policing each and every discussion taking place on the Internet.
Is this the "Last of" DMCA abuse? Unfortunately it seems unlikely...in Virtual Legality.
(DON'T GET CHEEKY SONY) - Thumbnail/Video Screenshot from:
“The Last of Us Part II | Release Date Reveal Trailer | PS4”
YouTube Video – September 24, 2019 – PlayStation Europe
#Sony #LastOfUs #DMCA
Discussed in this episode:
"The Last of Us Part II gets a release date following substantial story leaks"
GameDailyBiz - April 27, 2020 - Sam Desatoff
"I'm not doing anything until I talk to my lawyer about this in the morning."
Tweet - April 30, 2020 - Jeremy Prime (@DDayCobra)
"[Naughty Dog] have just copyright struck my Last of Karen video."
Tweet - April 30, 2020 - Heel vs Babyface (@heelvsbabyface)
"Never Give Up, Never Surrender"
YouTube Video - April 30, 2020 - Geeks + Gamers
"Copyright strike basics"
YouTube Help Page
"Limitations on liability relating to material online"
17 USC 512 (DMCA)
"What Does Copyright Protect?"
US Copyright Office Webpage
"Copyright Infringement Notification Requirements"
YouTube Help Page
"Is This YouTube’s Craziest DMCA Abuse Story Yet? (VL164)"
YouTube Video - January 31, 2020 - Hoeg Law
"Copyright Strikes for Explaining Copyright Law? (Virtual Legality #186)"
YouTube Video - March 5, 2020 - Hoeg Law
"Exclusive rights in copyrighted works"
17 USC 106
"Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use"
17 USC 107
Lenz v Universal
801 F.3d 1126 (2015)
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