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Virtual Legality Episode 16

Copyright and "Dreams"

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2y Jan 23, 2019
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With more and more high fidelity "homages" to the games of yesteryear (like P.T. and Dead Space) leaking out of the Dreams closed beta, how worried should we be about copyright infringement claims?

And what can LittleBigPlanet, the Playstation Network Terms of Service, and (yes) the DMCA, tell us about what to expect when Dreams finally launches?

#Copyright #Dreams #VirtualLegality


Discussed in this episode:

"PT remade in Dreams proves it could be a secret horror hit"
GamesRadar, January 22, 2019
(https://www.gamesradar.com/pt-remade-in-dreams-proves-it-could-be-a-secret-horror-hit/)

"‘Dreams’ Beta Users Recreate ‘Dead Space’ in Game"
Bloody Disgusting, January 22, 2019
(https://bloody-disgusting.com/video-games/3542760/dreams-beta-users-recreate-dead-space-game/)

Hoeg Law Twitter
January 22, 2019
(https://twitter.com/HoegLaw/status/1087759003256532993)

"LittleBigPlanet levels removed over copyright fears"
GamesIndustry Dot Biz, November 10, 2008
(https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/littlebigplanet-levels-removed-over-copyright-fears)

"LITTLEBIGPLANET INTERVIEW"
IGN, December 24, 2008
(https://www.ign.com/articles/2008/12/24/littlebigplanet-interview)

Playstation Network Terms of Service
(https://www.playstation.com/en-us/network/legal/terms-of-service/)

DMCA Section 512
17 USC 512
(https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/17/512)


"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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