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Virtual Legality Episode 366

Is CDPR Abusing Copyright Law to Protect Cyberpunk 2077?

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7m Dec 7, 2020
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When leaks of major plot points, screenshots, and cinematic cut-scenes from the much anticipated Sony/Naughty Dog exclusive "Last of Us Part II" started being disseminated early there could be little doubt that Sony would take some kind of drastic legal action, but...

Wait...that's not right.

I meant when early, legitimate, copies of Cyberpunk 2077, pressed by CDPR and sold to retailers were distributed to consumers early... My bad.

But what's old is new again, as CD Projekt Red appears to be taking the Sony path of scorching the intellectual property earth, whether or not they have the law behind them.

Time to talk about copyright law, fair use, the unprotectability of ideas and concepts, and the DMCA...again.

Let's dive in.

CDPR may well be the new Sony...in Virtual Legality.

#Cyberpunk #CDPR #DMCA


(DON'T GET CHEEKY CDPR): Thumbnail Image not from Cyberpunk 2077/CDPR.
https://www.tomswallpapers.com/images/201612/tomswallpapers.com_84765.jpg


Discussed in this episode:

"Cyberpunk v Early Streamers: A Legal (Cyborg) Leg to Stand On? (VL364)"
YouTube Video - December 3, 2020 - Hoeg Law
https://youtu.be/DAzNMFfUb4w

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

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

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

"CD Projekt Red has asked me to tweet that they did not give me my copy of Cyberpunk 2077"
Tweet - December 5, 2020 - @DreamcastGuy
https://twitter.com/DreamcastGuy/status/1335323777677348866

"CD Projekt Red just removed my Cyberpunk 2077 video"
Tweet - December 6, 2020 - @DreamcastGuy
https://twitter.com/DreamcastGuy/status/1335629923101315074

"Legally I have been told I cannot speak about Cyberpunk 2077 until Wednesday"
Tweet - December 6, 2020 - @DreamcastGuy
https://twitter.com/DreamcastGuy/status/1335642785060417540

"If this is in fact an accurate description of the video..."
Tweet - December 6, 2020 - Hoeg Law
https://twitter.com/HoegLaw/status/1335643643009445889

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

International Copyright Relations
Copyright Office Circular
https://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ38a.pdf

"Subject matter of copyright: In general"
17 USC 102
https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/17/102

"Exclusive rights in copyrighted works"
17 USC 106
https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/17/106

"Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use"
17 USC 107
https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/17/107

Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc.
510 U.S. 569 (1994)
https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/510/569/

"What Does Copyright Protect?"
Copyright Office FAQ
https://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-protect.html

"Limitations on liability relating to material online"
17 USC 512 (DMCA)
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).

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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