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Society & Culture
Virtual Legality Episode 114

A Blizzard of Backlash: On China, Freedom of Speech, and Terrible Contracts

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Both Blizzard and the NBA have taken strong preemptive action against their own contract partners, and all in an effort to please the Chinese government.

What actions were taken and how can Blizzard's draconian contract be separated from what the NBA has done?

What does the First Amendment to the US Constitution say (and why is that not the end of the story)?

Why are corporations acting they way they are in respect of China (and how are they responding to the backlash that ensues)?

And why should folks not be dissuaded by the "profit question" from advocating for societal qualities they value?

We hope this isn't censored...in Virtual Legality.

#Blizzard #China #NBA


Discussed in this episode:

"Blizzard has removed Blitzchung from Grandmasters and banned him from competing in Hearthstone following his on-stream Hong Kong protest"
Inven Global - October 7, 2019 - Tom Matthiesen
https://www.invenglobal.com/articles/9254/blizzard-has-removed-blitzchung-from-grandmasters-and-banned-him-from-competing-in-hearthstone-following-his-on-stream-hong-kong-protest

First Amendment
US Constitution
https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/first_amendmenthttps://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/first_amendment

"Chinese firms Tencent, Vivo, and CCTV suspend ties with the NBA over Hong Kong tweet"
TechCrunch - October 8, 2019 - Manish Singh
https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/08/chinese-firms-tencent-vivo-and-cctv-suspend-ties-with-the-nba-over-hong-kong-tweet/

"Adam Silver Statement Attempts to Smooth Over the NBA’s China Problem"
Crossing Broad - October 8, 2019 - Kevin Kinkead
https://www.crossingbroad.com/2019/10/adam-silver-statement-attempts-to-smooth-over-the-nbas-china-problem.html


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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.

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