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Virtual Legality Episode 222

Sony: How to Spin a Web (WITHOUT even lying)

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When major plot points, screenshots, and cinematic cut-scenes from the much anticipated Sony/Naughty Dog exclusive "Last of Us Part II" were leaked, many started speculating on the reason. Was this a group of black hat hackers? Industrial Sabotage? Or as an anonymous Reddit post would suggest, did the leaks all tie back into the difficult working and crunch-like conditions reported at developer Naughty Dog?

When Sony finally released a statement disavowing any affiliation between the "primary individuals responsible" and either Sony or Naughty Dog, many felt the issue was put to rest, while others felt that Sony was lying.

But while both sides may be wrong (in part), they are also right (in part). Join us as we dive into the perilous and fun-filled world of major corporate messaging.

You can spin a web without ever lying...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
https://youtu.be/XvG-EpPoCCA

#Sony #LastOfUs #DMCA


Discussed in this episode:

"Hey Hoeg, I've seen a fair amount of people speculating..."
Tweet - May 10, 2020 - Joseph La Russa (@Joseph_La_Russa)
https://twitter.com/Joseph_La_Russa/status/1259355131373662217

"Sony says it knows who leaked The Last of Us Part 2"
Polygon - May 1, 2020 - Patricia Hernandez
https://www.polygon.com/2020/5/1/21244288/the-last-of-us-2-leak-source-sony-ending-ellie-joel

"Last Of Us II Leakers Are 'Not Affiliated' With Naughty Dog, Sony Says"
Kotaku - May 1, 2020 - Ethan Gach
https://kotaku.com/last-of-us-ii-leaker-didn-t-work-at-naughty-dog-sony-s-1843201207

"Invest in Sony"
Sony Investor Relations Webpage
https://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/IR/invest/

"Earnings Releases and Earnings Calls"
https://www.whitecase.com/sites/whitecase/files/files/download/publications/article-earnings-releases-and-earnings-calls.pdf

"FY2019 Earnings Announcement"
Sony Investor Relations Webpage
https://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/IR/library/presen/er/

"Employment of manipulative and deceptive devices"
17 CFR 240.10b-5
https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/17/240.10b-5

"Nintendo Wins Lawsuit Against California Man who Allegedly Sold Nintendo Switch Mods and Pirated Games"
MXDWN - January 3, 2020 - Madison Foote
https://games.mxdwn.com/news/nintendo-wins-lawsuit-against-california-man-who-allegedly-sold-nintendo-switch-mods-and-pirated-games/

"Hackers Are Likely Responsible For The Last Of Us Part II Leak"
Kotaku - May 3, 2020 - Stephen Totilo
https://kotaku.com/hackers-are-likely-responsible-for-the-last-of-us-ii-le-1843230805

"Airbus Statement on Cyber Incident"
January 30, 2019
https://info.secureworldexpo.com/hubfs/Airbus-Hack-Statement.pdf

"Last of Us Legalities" Playlist
YouTube Playlist - Hoeg Law
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1zDCgJzZUy-ULKii2yP9AY-Emo1_G8xN


"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).

CHECK OUT THE REST OF VIRTUAL LEGALITY HERE:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1zDCgJzZUy9YAU61GoW-00K0TJOGnPCo

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.


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