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Virtual Legality Episode 73

Did Kickstarter give this fully funded campaign a RAW Deal?

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When Kickstarter recently added "recommendations" for ensuring that campaigns on the site were "honest and clear", a great deal of attention was paid to the new prohibitions on photo-realistic renderings and superlative language ("Virtual Legality is the world's greatest legal podcast and video series!).

But what many didn't pay quite enough attention to was the "recommendation" that a campaign ask for complete funding, and that may have led to a bit of a raw deal for one small project creator.

Would Kickstarter really punish backers for engaging in activity tacitly (and expressly) permitted for much of the past decade?

What type of campaign would draw Kickstarter's ire, and why would Kickstarter want to reject money-making opportunities anyway?

What did Killerwhale Games and their MMORPG project "Raw" learn about the answers to these questions, and why can we expect more stories like this in the future?

We strive for an honest and clear presentation in...Virtual Legality.

#Raw #Kickstarter #VirtualLegality


Discussed in this episode:

"@HoegLaw Curious to hear your thoughts on this..."
Twitter - July 15, 2019 - @IndieLauraSDG
(https://twitter.com/IndieLauraSDG/status/1150852397670944769)

"Kickstarter suspends GTA Online imitator RAW and cancels pledges"
PCGamesN - July 15, 2019 - Dustin Bailey
(https://www.pcgamesn.com/raw/kickstarter)

"RAW - sandbox MMORP game with attention to realism (Suspended)"
Kickstarter Campaign - As of July 15, 2019
(https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/killerwhalegames/raw-sandbox-mmorp-game-with-attention-to-realism/description)

"Honest and Clear Presentation in Projects"
Kickstarter Rules and Recommendations
(https://www.kickstarter.com/honest)

Kickstarter Terms of Use
Updated as of May 25, 2018
(https://www.kickstarter.com/terms-of-use)

"The World's Best Crowdfunding Site Releases Incredible New Rules and Guidelines to Help Protect Amazing Backers"
Gizmodo - June 13, 2019 - Andrew Liszewski
(https://gizmodo.com/the-worlds-best-crowdfunding-site-releases-incredible-n-1835493116)


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iTunes:
(https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/virtual-legality/id1448785539?mt=2)

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"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 (Hoeg Law).

Rick has practiced for more than a decade at some of the country's largest law firms, representing IT, software, video game, and other technology companies, as well as the individuals and institutions which fund them.

DISCUSSION IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE. INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN THE LEGAL TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS VIDEO SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR OWN COUNSEL.

Any and all feedback is appreciated. Let us know what you think!


Blog, "Rules of the Game", at https://hoeglaw.wordpress.com/

On "Help Us Out Hoeg!" a regular segment on the Easy Allies Podcast (formerly GameTrailers)

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About Hoeg Law

The Hoeg Law Firm is a business law firm with big law experience and a small firm approach focusing on start-ups, technology, financing, and everything else a business might need.


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