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Virtual Legality Episode 206

Cooking Mama's Legal Saga (Hoeg Law)

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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
https://www.ign.com/articles/the-cooking-mama-game-for-switch-that-came-out-and-then-disappeared

"Cooking Mama For Switch Will Feature A Vegetarian Mode And Blockchain Tech"
Nintendo Life - August 10, 2019 - Liam Doolan
http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2019/08/cooking_mama_for_switch_will_feature_a_vegetarian_mode_and_blockchain_tech

"Cooking Mama: Cookstar Cryptocurrency Saga Takes Yet Another Turn As Publisher Blames Coronavirus"
Nintendo Life - April 7, 2020 - Liam Dollan and Damien McFerran
http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2020/04/cooking_mama_cookstar_cryptocurrency_saga_takes_yet_another_turn_as_publisher_blames_coronavirus

"EXCLUSIVE: Cooking Mama Cookstar Switch eShop Controversy Explained"
Screen Rant - April 6, 2020 - Christopher Teuton
https://screenrant.com/cooking-mama-cookstar-switch-eshop-controversy-crypto-mining/

"Cooking Mama license holder Office Create Corp. reveals..."
Tweet - April 15, 2020 - Nibel (@Nibellion)
https://twitter.com/Nibellion/status/1250337803931488256

"Re: Unauthorized Release of Cooking Mama: Cookstar by Planet Entertainment LLC"
Office Create Statement - April 15, 2020
http://www.ofcr.co.jp/ofcr/ImportantNotice_en.html

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

Planet Entertainment Statement
April 15, 2020
https://twitter.com/CookstarMama/status/1250507324596211713/photo/1

"Software Development Agreement Template
Panda Docs
https://www.pandadoc.com/software-development-agreement-template/


"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).

CHECK OUT THE REST OF VIRTUAL LEGALITY HERE:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1zDCgJzZUy9YAU61GoW-00K0TJOGnPCo

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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