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Virtual Legality Episode 225

Destiny, Doom, and Denuvo: Making the Things You Love…Worse!

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By now regular visitors to Virtual Legality know that software is not purchased, only licensed out, and that game developers/publishers (as well as other media creators) retain vast rights to restrict or otherwise change the experience of their creations even after purchase.

But with Destiny 2 now taking steps to make obsolete much of what its players spent years (and hundreds of dollars) obtaining, and Bethesda/Zenimax installing kernel level invisible programs (in this case, Denuvo "Anti-Cheat") onto unsuspecting players' operating systems, now seems like a good time to revisit the present state of affairs.

Seems that making things worse will never be an obsolete design...in Virtual Legality.

#Destiny2 #DoomEternal #Denuvo


Discussed in this episode:

"Bungie is poised to controversially sunset Destiny 2 gear as seasons progress"
Destructoid - May 15, 2020 - Chris Carter
https://www.destructoid.com/bungie-is-poised-to-controversially-sunset-destiny-2-gear-as-seasons-progress-591016.phtml

"THIS WEEK AT BUNGIE – 5/14/2020"
Bungie Webpage
https://www.bungie.net/en/Explore/Detail/News/49027

"Planned obsolescence"
Wikipedia Entry
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planned_obsolescence

"Limited Software License Agreement"
Destiny 2 - Bungie Website - Last updated March 6, 2020
https://www.bungie.net/7/en/Legal/SLA

"[Hoeg Law] any thoughts on this situation?"
Tweet - May 15, 2020 - Lewie Procter (@LewieP)
https://twitter.com/LewieP/status/1261284799098114049

"Doom Eternal update adds controversial Denuvo Anti-Cheat"
PC Guide - May 15, 2020 - Lewie Procter
https://www.pcguide.com/news/doom-eternal-update-adds-controversial-denuvo-anti-cheat/

"Denuvo Anti-Cheat goes LIVE! A message to DOOM Eternal fans and gamers"
Irdeto Perspective (Company Blog)
https://blog.irdeto.com/2020/05/14/denuvo-anti-cheat-goes-live-a-message-to-doom-eternal-fans-and-gamers/

"Doom Eternal's first update includes Denuvo Anti-Cheat"
PC Gamer - May 15, 2020 - Fraser Brown
https://www.pcgamer.com/doom-eternals-first-update-includes-denuvo-anti-cheat/

"DOOM Eternal EULA"
https://bethesda.net/en/eulas/doom-eternal


"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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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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