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Virtual Legality Episode 256

Ethics Issues: Created and Developed by Naughty Dog (TLOU2)

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Over the past months, Sony and Naughty Dog have done everything in their power (whether or not outside the bounds of the law) to curtail discussion around their AAA mega-game "The Last of Us Part II", and the leak of materials related thereto.

But with the game now released and more folks able to adjudge for themselves the relative merits of their product, Naughty Dog and creative director Neil Druckmann's efforts to control the narrative have not lessened, but increased, with some very important journalistic and ethical lines being crossed.

Naughty Dog and Sony are acting far naughtier than even I would have thought...in Virtual Legality.

#NaughtyDog #TheLastofUsPartII #Controversy


Discussed in this Video

"The Last of Us Part 2 has become a minefield"
Polygon - June 30, 2020 - Patricia Hernandez
https://www.polygon.com/2020/6/30/21307200/the-last-of-us-2-controversy-critics-press-naughty-dog-vice-review-leak-sony-ps4-playstation

"Last of Us 2 Spoilercast w/ Neil Druckmann, Ashley Johnson, Troy Baker - Gamescast Ep. 26"
YouTube Video - June 25, 2020 - Kinda Funny Games
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6rRfK-V2jY

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

"So, as someone that takes DMCA abuse very seriously..."
Twitter - June 26, 2020 - Richard Hoeg (@HoegLaw)
https://twitter.com/HoegLaw/status/1276638496577421318

"For those that got upset with me for blaming Druckmann on this:..."
Twitter - June 26, 2020 - Richard Hoeg (@HoegLaw)
https://twitter.com/HoegLaw/status/1276708679824420864

"Avengers: Infinity War directors explain those Hulk shots in the trailer"
Digital Spy - August 5, 2018 - Joe Anderton
https://www.digitalspy.com/movies/a856570/avengers-infinity-war-directors-explain-hulk-shots-in-trailer/

"'The Last of Us Part II' Is a Grim and Bloody Spectacle, but a Poor Sequel"
VICE - June 12, 2020 - Rob Zacny
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/wxqnxy/last-of-us-part-2-review

"Credits (finally) roll on #TheLastofUsPartIl, the prettiest game about virtually nothing that was ever made."
Tweet - June 21, 2020 - Richard Hoeg (@HoegLaw)
https://twitter.com/HoegLaw/status/1274575210977558528

"It CAN Be for Nothing - The Last of Us Part II (Hoeg Law Postmortem)"
YouTube Video - June 21, 2020 - Hoeg Law
https://youtu.be/T6kT23VhJLQ

"Wait, Who Was Supposed to Die? The Neil Druckmann Interview (Last of Us Part II)"
YouTube Video - June 22, 2020 - Hoeg Law
https://youtu.be/OP58T1rwvDo

"A very interesting quote from Neil Druckmann here."
Tweet - June 9, 2020 - Richard Hoeg (@HoegLaw)
https://twitter.com/HoegLaw/status/1270421423249600514


"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.


Blog: hoeglaw.wordpress.com

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Table of Contents

Timecode Title
00:00 Introduction
3:46 Leak Control (DMCA)
9:30 Embargo Orders
12:42 Keeping Control (False Advertising Questions)
16:17 Crossing Ethical Lines (Games Journalism)
23:20 Circling the (Journalist) Wagons
27:41 Conclusion

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