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Virtual Legality Episode 364

Cyberpunk v Early Streamers: A Legal (Cyborg) Leg to Stand On?

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The release of CD Projekt Red's long awaited follow-up to critical and commercial smash hit The Witcher 3, Cyberpunk 2077, is nearly upon us, but for some...release day is already here.

With copies of Cyberpunk now available in the wild, CDPR has taken to social media to warn early players not to stream the game or face the (somewhat nebulous) consequences.

What does it all mean? What weight should be given to CDPR referencing a fictional enforcement group for video removal? How might CDPR's legal permissiveness actually thwart its efforts here? And how does Twitch play into the conversation?

Let's dive in.

Celebrating the punk lifestyle with legal threats...in Virtual Legality.

#Cyberpunk #CDPR #Early


Discussed in this episode:

"CD Projekt warns against streaming Cyberpunk 2077 before release as copies ship early"
Eurogamer - December 3, 2020 - Emma Kent
https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2020-12-03-cd-projekt-red-warns-against-streaming-cyberpunk-2077-before-release-day-as-copies-are-spotted-in-the-wild

"Just so we're super clear here..."
Tweet - December 2, 2020 - Cohn Carnage (@CohnCarnage)
https://twitter.com/CohhCarnage/status/1334198890728484864

"Here's what you need to know..."
Tweet - December 2, 2020 - Cyberpunk 2077 (@CyberpunkGame)
https://twitter.com/CyberpunkGame/status/1334199901593464832

"Last of Us Leak Legalities"
YouTube Playlist - Hoeg Law
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1zDCgJzZUy-ULKii2yP9AY-Emo1_G8xN

"CD PROJEKT RED User Agreement"
Updated April 25, 2018
https://regulations.cdprojektred.com/en/user_agreement/

CDPR Video Policy
https://cdprojektred.com/en/videopolicy

"A Legal Look at Nintendo's Shut Down of "The Big House" SSB Tourney (VL357)"
YouTube Video - November 20, 2020 - Hoeg Law
https://studio.youtube.com/video/dTMWug67InQ/edit

"BRO DID I JUST GET BANNED ON TWITCH FOR AGE OF CALAMITY?!"
Tweet - November 19, 2020 - REVERSAL (@REVERSALx7)
https://twitter.com/REVERSALx7/status/1329552330870689792

"Nintendo Switch Family: User Agreement"
https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/48058/~/nintendo-switch-family%3A-user-agreement

"Nintendo Game Content Guidelines for Online Video & Image Sharing Platforms"
https://www.nintendo.co.jp/networkservice_guideline/en/index.html

Twitch "Terms of Service"
Updated October 14, 2020
https://www.twitch.tv/p/legal/terms-of-service/

Twitch "Community Guidelines"
Updated November 3, 2020
https://www.twitch.tv/p/legal/community-guidelines/


"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:
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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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