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Virtual Legality Episode 426

That Sinking (City) Feeling: Did Publisher Nacon Pirate Frogwares Title?

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5m Mar 1, 2021
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Video game developer Frogwares is no stranger to publisher-related controversies, but in accusing its former publisher Nacon (Big Ben Interactive) of deliberately hacking and modifying its game, The Sinking City, so as to resell it without their knowledge, things have gotten a bit...strange.

A ton of contract and intellectual property "madness" to break down here. Let's, ahem, "dive" in.

You've lost that Sinking City, now it's gone, gone, gone...in Virtual Legality.

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Discussed in this episode:
"Frogwares has not created the version of [The Sinking City]..."
Tweet - February 26, 2021 - Frogwares
https://twitter.com/Frogwares/status/1365385278140133378

"How Nacon Cracked and Pirated The Sinking City"
Frogwares Blog - March 1, 2021
https://frogwares.com/how-nacon-cracked-and-pirated-the-sinking-city/

"The Sinking City is Being Delisted. Here’s Why"
Frogwares Blog - August 25, 2020
https://frogwares.com/the-sinking-city-is-being-delisted-heres-why/

Big Ben/Nacon Termination Letter
21 April 2020
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-guV73qgpaEfp4fqYyIQazrRKSIsB6Fx/view

"A Lawyer Reads...A Game Publishing Agreement"
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"Circumvention of copyright protection systems"
17 USC 1201
https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/17/1201


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Table of Contents

Timecode Title
00:00 Introduction
01:40 Frogwares Accuses Nacon of Piracy
03:59 The Contract Breach Claim
09:33 The Termination Letter
11:20 Force Majeure
14:35 Frogwares Describes the Hack
28:09 Frogwares Names Names
31:21 Conclusion

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