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Virtual Legality Episode 125

Kotaku’s NOT Dead and NCAA Football’s NOT Back: Adventures in Re-reporting

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Rumors of both Kotaku’s death and NCAA Football’s rebirth have been greatly exaggerated.

What has been reported thus far (and why was it all over social media and the Internet)?

How does G/O Media and their actions against Deadspin affect the Kotaku story?

Why are folks (including professionals) inclined to see what they want to see, when the source material is otherwise there for the parsing?

What kernels of truth exist in each story?

And how does the nature of the Internet perpetuate this cycle?

ALWAYS READ THE SOURCE MATERIAL…in Virtual Legality.

#Kotaku #NCAA #FalseNarratives


Discussed in this episode:

“Read the source material! Almost nothing in this story is true (which is self-evident if you read it).”
Tweet – October 29, 2019 – Richard Hoeg (@HoegLaw)
https://twitter.com/HoegLaw/status/1189324556646920194

“Kotaku staff reprimanded after highlighting “atrocious ads”
Stevivor – October 30, 2019 – Steve Wright
https://stevivor.com/news/kotaku-staff-fired-highlighting-atrocious-ads/

“Kotaku, Deadspin, hit by punitive measures over advert protests”
Green Man Gaming – October 30, 2019 – Alex M
https://www.greenmangaming.com/newsroom/2019/10/30/kotaku-deadspin-hit-by-punitive-measures-over-advert-protests/

“The editorial firewall is crucial for the operation of a media outlet.”
Tweet – October 29, 2019 – Mike Futter (@Futterish)
https://twitter.com/Futterish/status/1189301760663396352

“Folks, read the source material. The NCAA has not done anything.”
Tweet – October 29, 2019 – Richard Hoeg (@HoegLaw)
https://twitter.com/HoegLaw/status/1189245293734322177

“Board of Governors starts process to enhance name, image and likeness opportunities”
NCAA Press Release – October 29, 2019
https://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/media-center/news/board-governors-starts-process-enhance-name-image-and-likeness-opportunities

“NCAA prez calls name, image and likeness rights an 'existential threat' to college sports”
CBS Sports – September 25, 2019 – Dennis Dodd
https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/ncaa-prez-calls-name-image-and-likeness-rights-an-existential-threat-to-college-sports/

“'NCAA Football' fans freaking out over potential return of beloved video game franchise”
Sporting News – October 30, 2019 – Zac Al-Khateeb
https://www.sportingnews.com/us/ncaa-football/news/ncaa-football-fans-freaking-out-over-potential-return-of-beloved-video-game-franchise/jtu3c5rxlj6g13nwbmc9c00pi

“Before today, EA had explored doing a college video game again, but couldn’t get far because no lawyer would sign off on it being worth the financial exposure.”
Tweet – October 29, 2019 – Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell)
https://twitter.com/darrenrovell/status/1189260782091063297

“You’re seeing re-reporting’s dark side in real time. People don’t often stop and check the source material when they should and instead just assume that the person before them got it right.”
Tweet – October 29, 2019 – Mike Futter (@Futterish)
https://twitter.com/Futterish/status/1189272256846929920


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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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