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Virtual Legality Episode 346

The Worst Terms in Gaming? The Unhappy Marriage of Facebook and Oculus

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When Facebook initially announced that it would no longer be supporting separate "Oculus accounts" for its Oculus virtual reality (VR) hardware, one could be forgiven for glossing over the impacts of that decision.

But now that the Oculus Quest 2 has been released to the world, it's clear that Facebook has not thought through all of the implications of making a hardware owner abide by a set of terms built for a social media platform. Worse still, it's clearly thought through some.

We're on a Quest for reasonable terms of service...in Virtual Legality.

#Facebook #Oculus #Terms


Discussed in this episode:

"Today, we’re announcing some important updates"
Tweet - August 18, 2020 - Oculus (@oculus)
https://twitter.com/oculus/status/1295769244894785538

"Oculus users who violate Facebook rules may lose access to VR content"
GamesIndustryBiz - September 15, 2020 - Rebekah Valentine
https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2020-09-15-oculus-users-who-violate-facebook-community-standards-may-lose-access-to-headsets

"Important VR PSA"
Tweet - October 22, 2020 - Cix (@CixLiv)
https://twitter.com/CixLiv/status/1319364000501526528

"Facebook will not ban Oculus owners with multiple VR headsets (updated)"
Engadget - October 25, 2020 - Jon Fingas
https://www.engadget.com/facebook-bans-oculus-owners-with-multiple-headsets-191421857.html

"SUPPLEMENTAL OCULUS TERMS OF SERVICE"
Updated October 11, 2020
https://www.oculus.com/legal/terms-of-service/

Facebook "Terms of Service"
Updated October 22, 2020
https://www.facebook.com/terms.php

Facebook "Community Standards"
https://www.facebook.com/communitystandards/introduction

"A SINGLE WAY TO LOG INTO OCULUS AND UNLOCK SOCIAL FEATURES"
Oculus Blog - August 18, 2020
https://www.oculus.com/blog/a-single-way-to-log-into-oculus-and-unlock-social-features/?locale=en_US

"How Sony's Terms Permit PS5 Voice Recordings (and how to change it) (VL341)"
YouTube Video - October 19, 2020 - Hoeg Law
https://youtu.be/y6sEHOUkgPo

PlayStation Network Terms of Service
Updated October 2020
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/legal/psn-terms-of-service/

"Facebook says it ‘mistakenly’ suspended hundreds of activists’ accounts"
The Verge - September 24, 2020 - Justine Calma
https://www.theverge.com/2020/9/24/21454554/facebook-acitivists-suspended-accounts-coastal-gaslink-pipeline

"Facebook's controversial Oversight Board starts reviewing content moderation cases"
TechCrunch - October 22, 2020 - Taylor Hatmaker
https://techcrunch.com/2020/10/22/facebook-oversight-board-controversy/

"Boz: Get Your Facebook Account In ‘Good Standing’ Before Buying Oculus Quest 2"
Upload VR - October 16, 2020 - Harry Baker
https://uploadvr.com/facebook-response-to-quest-paperweights/

Twitch "Community Guidelines"
Updated October 5, 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).

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