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Virtual Legality Episode 463

Epic v Apple: Sony Sued on Epic's "Monopoly" Theory (Day 3 Catch-Up)

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2m May 6, 2021
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"Epic vs Apple" has finally arrived and (as Tim Sweeney now famously said) we're in for some "fireworks"!

On day three of the trial, Epic Engineer Andrew Grant is asked to distinguish phone from console, establish just what it is that Apple and Android actually do (?), and give a few thoughts on whether or not Epic controls access to its own products or services (!).

Oh...and Sony was sued for maintaining monopoly access over PlayStation's digital storefront. That sounds familiar.

Once a decision is reached, no one controls who can use it or how it can be used...in Virtual Legality.

#Epic #Apple #Lawsuit


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Discussed in this episode:
"An Antitrust Epic"
YouTube Playlist - Hoeg Law
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1zDCgJzZUy-lb7ReoUqL5_dTcM8ngmfV

Epic v Apple Preliminary Injunction Order
October 9, 2020
https://www.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.cand.364265/gov.uscourts.cand.364265.118.0.pdf

"Grant’s getting to give his definition of a console..."
Twitter Thread - May 5, 2021 - Adi Robertson
https://twitter.com/thedextriarchy/status/1390042309664952335

"Sony Sued for Limiting Purchases of Games to PlayStation Store"
Bloomberg - May 5, 2021
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-05-06/sony-sued-for-limiting-purchases-of-games-to-playstation-store?srnd=technology-vp

"Sony is facing a proposed class action lawsuit..."
Tweet - May 6, 2021 - Tom Warren
https://twitter.com/BigM_Milk4/status/1390254122939523077


"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).

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Table of Contents

Timecode Title
00:00 Introduction
02:11 Concerns About Walled Gardens (Preliminary Injunction)
04:45 Distinguishing iOS (Andrew Grant)
06:17 Sony Sued
14:10 What does Apple Do?
17:59 Does Epic control Access?
23:17 For the Children
26:10 Conclusion

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