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Virtual Legality Episode 50

On the Tyranny of "Guidelines": A PlayStation Story

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2y Apr 18, 2019
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Early specifications for the PlayStation 5 were not the only things to come out of Sony this week, as The Wall Street Journal published news of Sony's newly-minted (and fairly opaque) sexual content policies.

What are the new policies and how have they been interpreted by Sony?

What caused the policies to be enacted and why weren't any formal rule changes required?

And why is this reliance on "guidelines" over formal rules making some developers (and industry observers) anxious?

#Sony #PlayStation #VirtualLegality


Discussed in this episode:

"Sony Cracks Down on Sexually Explicit Content in Games"
Wall Street Journal - April 18, 2019 - Takashi Mochizuki
(https://www.wsj.com/articles/sony-cracks-down-on-sexually-explicit-content-in-games-11555427944)

"The Public and Broadcasting" - Objectionable Programming
Federal Communications Commission
(https://www.fcc.gov/media/radio/public-and-broadcasting#ACT)

With clips from Sony exclusive games:

The Last of Us Part II
Days Gone


PODCAST VERSIONS AVAILABLE AT

Spotify: (https://open.spotify.com/show/3qsDhQ7h6BR2wLyNQYDWB4)

iTunes:
(https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/virtual-legality/id1448785539?mt=2)

SoundCloud:
(https://soundcloud.com/user-510342404)

Google Play Music:
(https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/In3d7qersx72lvzehxo7gu6cd5u)


"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.

Any and all feedback is appreciated. Let us know what you think!


Blog, "Rules of the Game", at https://hoeglaw.wordpress.com/

On "Help Us Out Hoeg!" a regular segment on the Easy Allies Podcast (formerly GameTrailers)

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About Hoeg Law

The Hoeg Law Firm is a business law firm with big law experience and a small firm approach focusing on start-ups, technology, financing, and everything else a business might need.


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