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Virtual Legality Episode 29

Overkill! Is Starbreeze now one of the Walking Dead? (Hoeg Law)

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With "Overkill's The Walking Dead" now removed from the market, where does Starbreeze Studios go from here?

What does it mean to hold the intellectual property rights to a title like "The Walking Dead" and why would Skybound suddenly cut off an agreement just months after product release?

And how might Starbreeze's request to extend it's "reconstruction" process have exacerbated the whole mess?

#Starbreeze #WalkingDead #VirtualLegality


Discussed in this episode:

"STARBREEZE HAS RECEIVED A NOTICE OF TERMINATION FROM SKYBOUND, THE OTWD TITLE RIGHTSHOLDER, RELATED TO THE PARTIES’ LICENSE AGREEMENT REGARDING OVERKILL’S THE WALKING DEAD"
Starbreeze Regulatory Release, February 27, 2019
(https://www.starbreeze.com/2019/02/starbreeze-has-received-a-notice-of-termination-from-skybound-the-otwd-title-rightsholder-related-to-the-parties-license-agreement-regarding-overkills-the-walking-dead/)

"The fall of Starbreeze"
Eurogamer, January 28, 2019
(https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2019-01-28-the-fall-of-swedish-game-wonder-starbreeze)

"The Swedish Business Reconstruction Act and SAAB"
Marie Tuula-Karlsson, Scandanavian Studies in Law (2012)
(http://www.scandinavianlaw.se/pdf/57-18.pdf)

"STARBREEZE APPLIES FOR EXTENDED RECONSTRUCTION PERIOD"
Starbreeze Regulatory Release, February 21, 2019
(https://www.starbreeze.com/2019/02/starbreeze-applies-for-extended-reconstruction-period/)

"Skybound ends contract with Starbreeze as Overkill's Walking Dead pulled from Steam"
GameDailyBiz, February 27, 2019
(https://gamedaily.biz/article/630/skybound-ends-contract-with-starbreeze-as-overkills-walking-dead-pulled-from-steam)

‘Overkill’s The Walking Dead’ Pulled From Steam, Devs Want to ‘Resolve Season 2’
Variety, February 27, 2019
(https://variety.com/2019/gaming/news/overkills-the-walking-dead-pulled-from-steam-devs-want-to-resolve-season-2-1203150738/)

"Bungie-Activision contract"
(Software Publishing and Development Agreement)
Effective Date April 16, 2010
(http://documents.latimes.com/bungie-activision-contract/)


PODCAST VERSIONS AVAILABLE AT

Spotify: (https://open.spotify.com/show/3qsDhQ7h6BR2wLyNQYDWB4)

iTunes:
(https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/virtual-legality/id1448785539?mt=2)

SoundCloud:
(https://soundcloud.com/user-510342404)

Google Play Music:
(https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/In3d7qersx72lvzehxo7gu6cd5u)


"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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