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Virtual Legality Episode 119

A Blizzard of Backlash (Pt. 6): Enter the Government

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A bipartisan group of US Representatives and Senators has written to Activision Blizzard CEO Robert “Bobby” Kotick under letterhead of the US Congress, demanding that Blizzard reconsider its stance on China, Hong Kong, and the freedom of speech.

What does the US Congress have to say about Blitzchung’s Hearthstone hiatus?

What legal requirements prevent Blizzard from complying with Congress’ request?

And can you really defend freedom of speech by telling someone to "speak" differently...in the "strongest terms"?

As if Blizzard wasn’t having a bad enough week...in Virtual Legality.

#Blizzard #China #Government


Discussed in this episode:

“Blizzard bans collegiate Hearthstone players for 6 months, raising questions about free speech”
GameDailyBiz – October 18, 2019 – James Brightman
https://gamedaily.biz/article/1307/blizzard-bans-collegiate-hearthstone-players-for-6-months-raising-questions-about-free-speech

“Blizzard bans collegiate Hearthstone players for 6 months, raising questions about free speech”
IGN – October 18, 2019 – Matt Kim
https://www.ign.com/articles/2019/10/18/us-congress-members-send-letter-to-blizzard-over-concern-for-recent-actions?sf110859280=1

“Dear Mr. Kotick”
Congress of the United States – October 18, 2019
https://www.wyden.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/101819 Wyden Letter to Activision Blizzard RE Hong Kong.pdf

“Dodge v. Ford Motor Co.”
Wikipedia Entry
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodge_v._Ford_Motor_Co.

“Dodge v. Ford Motor Co.”
Case Text – 204 Mich 459 (Mich. 1919)
https://casetext.com/case/dodge-v-ford-motor-co


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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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