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Copyright, Moral Rights, and Warcraft III Reforged: A Legal Look at Blizzard’s New Modding Policy

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"Warcraft 3 Reforged TOS requires handover of the "moral rights" to any custom map", Reddit thread declares!

But what are "moral rights"? What is Blizzard asking for here? Why does it apply to more than just Warcraft III?

And why are some of the complaints probably justified...but pointed at the wrong thing?

The opposite of moral isn't immoral...in Virtual Legality.

#Warcraft #Blizzard #MoralRights


Discussed in this episode:

"Some fresh virtual legality material: this time it's another EULA confusion..."
Tweet - January 29, 2020 - @Nikrandos
https://twitter.com/realNikandros/status/1222481676665851905

"Warcraft 3 Reforged TOS requires handover of the "moral rights" to any custom map"
Reddit Thread - January 29, 2020 - u/Man_Eating_Boar
https://www.reddit.com/r/Games/comments/evitu7/warcraft_3_reforged_tos_requires_handover_of_the/

"CUSTOM GAME ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY"
Blizzard - Updated January 21, 2020
https://www.blizzard.com/en-us/legal/2749df07-2b53-4990-b75e-a7cb3610318b/custom-game-acceptable-use-policy

"BLIZZARD END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT"
Blizzard - Updated June 1, 2018
https://www.blizzard.com/en-us/legal/fba4d00f-c7e4-4883-b8b9-1b4500a402ea/blizzard-end-user-license-agreement

"Authors, Attribution, and Integrity: Examining Moral Rights in the United States" - Abstract
US Copyright Office
https://www.copyright.gov/policy/moralrights/

"Authors, Attribution, and Integrity: Examining Moral Rights in the United States" - Full
US Copyright Office - April 2019
https://www.copyright.gov/policy/moralrights/full-report.pdf

"CUSTOM GAME ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY"
Blizzard - Archival Date October 9, 2019
https://web.archive.org/web/20191009004733/https://www.blizzard.com/en-us/legal/2749df07-2b53-4990-b75e-a7cb3610318b/custom-game-acceptable-use-policy


PODCAST VERSIONS AVAILABLE AT

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

SoundCloud:
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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/

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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