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Virtual Legality Episode 217

Last of Us Leaks: Counters, Fair Use, and Unpublished Works

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With Sony (and its proxies) issuing DMCA takedown notices left and right for seemingly every little discussion of "Last of Us Part II" leaks, we turn to the role of the DMCA's counter notification process and its failures to correct clear abuses. A role furthered by YouTube's imbalanced requirement that content creators double as copyright lawyers in order to dispute the same.

We also look at the nature of the "fair use" balancing test, and how it will not be a silver bullet for either side, regardless of the unpublished or stolen nature of the materials in question.

The law most certainly isn't always "fair"...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

#LastOfUs #Copyright #FairUse


Discussed in this episode:

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

"Last of Us Leak Follow-Up: A History of Legal Violence (VL216)"
YouTube Video - May 2, 2020 - Hoeg Law
https://youtu.be/_0B2Gfw6hfQ

"Never Give Up, Never Surrender"
YouTube Video - April 30, 2020 - Geeks + Gamers
https://youtu.be/vBlIyu1ECvM

"Offffffft"
Tweet - May 3, 2020 - Lethal 214 Lighning (@LethalLightnin)
https://twitter.com/LethalLightnin/status/1257087102656712704

"Naughty Dog has filled a false DMCA on me."
Tweet - April 30, 2020 - mirta000 (@mirta001)
https://twitter.com/mirta0001/status/1256023186820472832

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

"Copyright Infringement Notification Requirements"
YouTube Help Page
https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6005900

"Submit a copyright takedown notice"
YouTube Help Page
https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2807622

"Youtube won't even submit my counter-claim."
Tweet - May 3, 2020 - mirta000 (@mirta001)
https://twitter.com/mirta0001/status/1257047708990427136

"Submit a copyright counter notification"
YouTube Help Page
https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2807684

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

"Salinger v. Random House"
811 F2d 90 (2d Cir. 1987)
https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/F2/811/90/206150/

Public Law 102-492 - Oct. 24, 1992
https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/STATUTE-106/pdf/STATUTE-106-Pg3145.pdf


"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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