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Virtual Legality Episode 216

Last of Us Leak Follow-Up: A History of Legal Violence

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With Sony's apparent willingness to issue DMCA takedown notices (and Copyright Strikes) to YouTubers daring to discuss the recent leak of materials from Naughty Dog PS4 exclusive "Last of Us Part II", we turn to reviewing the company's recent history of using the bloody machinery of law to (try to) bend reality to its will.

The last time out? It all started with...an Interview.

"The Last" is unfortunately only the latest...in Virtual Legality.

(DON'T GET CHEEKY SONY) - Thumbnail/Video Screenshot from:
“The Last of Us Part II | Release Date Reveal Trailer | PS4”
YouTube Video – September 24, 2019 – PlayStation Europe
https://youtu.be/XvG-EpPoCCA

#Sony #LastOfUs #DMCA


Discussed in this episode:

"The Last of Us Part II gets a release date following substantial story leaks"
GameDailyBiz - April 27, 2020 - Sam Desatoff
https://gamedaily.biz/article/1718/the-last-of-us-part-ii-gets-a-release-date-following-substantial-story-leaks

"Is Sony Illegally Using the DMCA to Muzzle Last of Us Leaks? (VL215)"
YouTube Video - April 30, 2020 - Hoeg Law
https://youtu.be/xMIOZEMKXVU

"The Last of Us Part 2 leaked online"
GamesIndustryBiz - May 1st Update - Haydn Taylor
https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2020-04-27-the-last-of-us-part-2-leaked-online

"Sony Got Hacked Hard: What We Know and Don't Know So Far"
WIRED - December 3, 2014 - Kim Zetter
https://www.wired.com/2014/12/sony-hack-what-we-know/

"RE: Your Possession of Privileged and/or Confidential Information Stolen from Sony Pictures Entertainment"
December 14, 2014 - Boies, Schiller, & Flexner LLP
https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.documentcloud.org/documents/1380462/sony-letter.pdf

"Sony Pictures Demands That News Agencies Delete ‘Stolen’ Data"
New York Times - December 14, 2014 - Michael Cieply and Brooks Barnes
https://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/15/business/sony-pictures-demands-that-news-organizations-delete-stolen-data.html

"Bartnicki v. Vopper" - Summary
https://www.oyez.org/cases/2000/99-1687

"Bartnicki v. Vopper' - Case Text
532 US 514 (2001)
https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/532/514/#tab-opinion-1960905

"Sony Threatens to Sue Twitter Unless It Removes Tweets Containing Hacked Emails"
VICE - December 22, 2014 - Jason Koebler
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/pgamvv/sony-threatens-to-sue-twitter-unless-it-removes-tweets-containing-hacked-emails

"Protection for private blocking and screening of offensive material"
47 USC 230
https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/47/230

"Why Publishing Stolen Sony Data Is Problematic but Necessary"
Variety - December 11, 2014 - Andrew Wallenstein
https://variety.com/2014/biz/opinion/why-publishing-stolen-sony-data-is-problematic-but-necessary-1201377166/

"Exclusive rights in copyrighted works"
17 USC 106
https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/17/106

"Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use"
17 USC 107
https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/17/107

"Limitations on liability relating to material online"
17 USC 512 (DMCA)
https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/17/512

Sony Pictures Entertainment DMCA Claim
June 15, 2016
https://lumendatabase.org/notices/12459016#


"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).

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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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