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Virtual Legality Episode 86

Ninja "Disgusted" at Twitch: The Legal Situation

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On August 11, 2019 and in the wake of his move to Microsoft's Mixer streaming service, Fortnite player and streaming star Tyler "Ninja" Blevins took to Twitter to tell his fans that he was "disgusted" at and "sorry" for the actions his former platform, Twitch, had taken against him.

What did Twitch do, and why did Ninja react so strongly against it?

Why is Ninja at least partially incorrect about the rights Twitch has to the use of its website, as well as likely about their use of his "brand"?

What claims could Ninja bring against Twitch? What could Twitch bring against Ninja?

And why are neither likely to take legal action against the other in the current streaming environment?

#Ninja #Twitch #Mixer


Discussed in this episode:

"Ninja Is Not Amused Twitch Referred Viewers To A Porn Stream From His Old Page"
Forbes - August 12, 2019 - Paul Tassi
(https://www.forbes.com/sites/paultassi/2019/08/12/ninja-is-not-amused-twitch-referred-viewers-to-a-porn-stream-from-his-old-page/)

"Disgusted and so sorry."
Tweet - August 11, 2019 - Ninja (@Ninja)
(https://twitter.com/Ninja/status/1160635604507471872)

Twitch Terms of Service
Last Modified April 16, 2019
(https://www.twitch.tv/p/legal/terms-of-service/)

"CACI No. 2201. Intentional Interference With Contractual Relations"
Justia
(https://www.justia.com/trials-litigation/docs/caci/2200/2201/)

"CACI No. 2204. Negligent Interference With Prospective Economic Relations"
Justia
(https://www.justia.com/trials-litigation/docs/caci/2200/2204/)


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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.

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