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Virtual Legality Episode 54

Could Playing a Game before Release Cost You Your Xbox Live Account?!

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2y May 8, 2019
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It's a new world as Microsoft and Xbox have reinterpreted their existing Services Agreement (binding all Xbox Live account holders) under new "Community Standards" in some...interesting...ways.

Who determines what is "a little bit" of trash talk, and whether or not it is "clean"?

When are prizes and giveaways "frequent", "regular", or "repetitive"?

Is music in voice chat really "inappropriate"?

What makes a political position "controversial"?

Is requesting redress for damages or losses in the form of compensation from Xbox now tantamount to fraud?

What about playing a game before its release date, or disclosing its "surprise ending" (and what makes it a surprise)?

And...who watches the watchmen, anyway?

All this, plus EA's reactions to Anthem and its own new world in the age of the influencer, in today's Virtual Legality.

For more on the issues presented by guidelines instead of rules:

"Virtual Legality #50 - On the Tyranny of "Guidelines": A PlayStation Story (Hoeg Law)"
(https://youtu.be/-ZPlpI1WeTQ)

#XboxLive #Anthem #VirtualLegality


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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.

Any and all feedback is appreciated. Let us know what you think!


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On "Help Us Out Hoeg!" a regular segment on the Easy Allies Podcast (formerly GameTrailers)

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Table of Contents

Timecode Title
2:30 "Electronic Arts says the old way of releasing games doesn't work anymore" PCGamer - May 7, 2019 - Andy Chalk (https://www.pcgamer.com/electronic-arts-says-the-old-way of-releasing-games-doesnt-work-anymore/)
19:07 "Xbox Live’s new standards try to define acceptable trash talk" Polygon - May 2, 2019 - Owen Good (https://www.polygon.com/2019/5/2/18527220/xbox-live community-standards-update-toxic-behavior-harassment)
22:43 "Community Standards for Xbox (https://www.xbox.com/en-US/Legal/Community-Standards)
28:25 "Microsoft Services Agreement" Updated May 1, 2018 (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/servicesagreement)
56:15 Electronic Arts "Legal" Terms (https://www.ea.com/legal#1)

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