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Virtual Legality Episode 290

Epic Wants Apple's Support - By Force of Law

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11m Aug 18, 2020
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In a "surprise" reaction to blatant breach of contract, the injured party has notified the other of the breach and told them to fix it...or have their agreement terminated.

But when it's Apple doing the "retaliatory" notifying and the breaching party is Epic Games, well, you can be sure that the action will be framed as an affront to public decency, morality, liberty, and the sanctity of family (no, I'm not kidding).

What has Apple done and what have they asked for? If Apple can terminate an agreement "for any or no reason", what is this fight even about?

And can Epic really force another company to support it - by force of a court order?

We sell the popcorn and the butter...in Virtual Legality.

#Epic #FreeFortnite #Lawsuits


Discussed in this episode:

"Epic vs Everyone: The Fortnite Antitrust Lawsuits"
YouTube Playlist - Hoeg Law
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1zDCgJzZUy-lb7ReoUqL5_dTcM8ngmfV

"Epic Games asks court to stop Apple pulling its developer tools next week"
Engadget - August 17, 2020 - Nicole Lee
https://www.engadget.com/epic-fortnite-apple-lawsuit-developer-tools-190559744.html

Motion for Temporary Restraining Order (Epic)
Epic v Apple (Case No. 3:20-CV-05640-EMC)
https://cdn2.unrealengine.com/epic-v-apple-8-17-20-768927327.pdf

"App Store Review Guidelines"
https://developer.apple.com/app-store/review/guidelines/


"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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Table of Contents

Timecode Title
00:00 Introduction
02:00 Request for Restraining Order (Overview)
13:45 Factual Background (What Actually Happened)
18:43 Apple's First Notice
21:28 Apple's Second Notice (Termination Right)
29:55 Epic's Argument
35:24 A Circus of Values
38:34 The Difficulties of Microtransactions
40:50 iPhone as Essential Facility
48:00 Fortnite's Importance to the Public Interest
53:49 Conclusion

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