When Cooking Mama: Cookstar, the newest entry in the long-running video game series about a...cooking...mama, was announced, launched, and removed in the space of a few hours earlier this month, the game industry took notice. Now, dueling press releases claiming legal authority for multiple disparate parties have confounded the issue even more.
What does Cooking Mama's intellectual property holder, Office Create, say happened?
How did publisher Planet Entertainment (or its subcontracted developer 1st Playable) respond?
How the heck is blockchain cryptocurrency involved?
And who do I think likely has the better part of the argument?
The real Cookstar is Phoenix Wright...in Virtual Legality.
#CookingMama #Legal #Law
Discussed in this episode:
"The Cooking Mama Game for Switch That Came Out, and Then Disappeared"
IGN - April 3, 2020 - Joe Skrebels
"Cooking Mama For Switch Will Feature A Vegetarian Mode And Blockchain Tech"
Nintendo Life - August 10, 2019 - Liam Doolan
"Cooking Mama: Cookstar Cryptocurrency Saga Takes Yet Another Turn As Publisher Blames Coronavirus"
Nintendo Life - April 7, 2020 - Liam Dollan and Damien McFerran
"EXCLUSIVE: Cooking Mama Cookstar Switch eShop Controversy Explained"
Screen Rant - April 6, 2020 - Christopher Teuton
"Cooking Mama license holder Office Create Corp. reveals..."
Tweet - April 15, 2020 - Nibel (@Nibellion)
"Re: Unauthorized Release of Cooking Mama: Cookstar by Planet Entertainment LLC"
Office Create Statement - April 15, 2020
"Exclusive rights in copyrighted works"
17 USC 106
Planet Entertainment Statement
April 15, 2020
"Software Development Agreement Template
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