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"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, rules, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law) of Northville, Michigan.

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.

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"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, rules, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law) of Northville, Michigan.

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!

    A Lawyer's Deep Dive Into The Dragonlance/WoTC Lawsuit (VL342)

    A Lawyer's Deep Dive Into The Dragonlance/WoTC Lawsuit (VL342)

    The Dragonlance series of books, themselves an offshoot of the Dungeons and Dragons brand, has been around for decades, but now finds itself at the center of a thorny legal dispute.

    Fan favorite authors Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis, responsible for the core of the series, have sued the holder of the Dragonlance and D&D intellectual property, Wizards of the Coast (itself owned by Hasbro) for breach of contract and "bad faith" dealings.

    What is the basis for the claim? What is Wizards of the Coast doing (or not doing) that gave rise to this action? And what, if anything, do outrage mobs, misogyny, claims of racism (and more) have to do with anything?

    Sometimes the thumbnails don't get updated...in Virtual Legality.

    CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT: https://youtu.be/x18niWAQiBk

    #Dragonlance #WoTC #Lawsuit

    ***
    CHAPTERS
    00:00 Introduction/Dragonlance IP
    09:02 Lawsuit Overview
    21:40 The Alleged Facts
    40:00 The Authors' Legal Claims (Breach, Good Faith, Interference)
    53:43 Conclusion (Request to Finish the Trilogy)

    ***
    Discussed in this episode:

    "Dragonlance authors sue Dungeons & Dragons publisher Wizards of The Coast"
    Polygon - October 19, 2020 - Charlie Hall
    https://www.polygon.com/2020/10/19/21523673/dragonlance-authors-weis-hickman-sue-wizards-of-the-coast-dungeons-and-dragons

    "Hey Hoeg! Here's something you may be interested in..."
    Tweet - October 19, 2020 - Joseph La Russa (@Joseph_La_Russa)
    https://twitter.com/Joseph_La_Russa/status/1318209741785616384

    "Dragonlance"
    Wikipedia Entry
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragonlance

    "Q&A: Who Owns Dragonlance?"
    Tracy Hickman Blog - January 4, 2014
    https://trhickman.com/qa-owns-dragonlance/

    "Definitions"
    17 USC 101
    https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/17/101

    "Ownership of copyright"
    17 USC 201
    https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/17/201

    "Termination of transfers and licenses granted by the author"
    17 USC 203
    https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/17/203

    Weis and Hickman vs Wizards of the Coast
    Filed October 16, 2020
    https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/7245020-Weis.html?fbclid=IwAR0NcCP9dunPpO8CGRGS9RGVYo8yfm1bCWomEe6d6wnVM3Z0md1DmIK8XsA

    "List of Wizards of the Coast products"
    Wikipedia Entry
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Wizards_of_the_Coast_products

    "What You Should Know about the Implied Duty of Good Faith and Fair Dealing"
    ABA Blog Post - July 26, 2016
    https://www.americanbar.org/groups/litigation/committees/business-torts-unfair-competition/practice/2016/duty-of-good-faith-fair-dealing/

    ***
    "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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    ***
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    • 56 мин.
    How Sony's Terms Permit PS5 Voice Recordings (and How To Change It) (VL341)

    How Sony's Terms Permit PS5 Voice Recordings (and How To Change It) (VL341)

    When users of Sony's PlayStation 4 (PS4) were greeted this past week with a warning that their party chats may be recorded, a number of publications sounded the alarm. Why was such functionality necessary? Was Sony spying on its users? To what end?

    As Sony took note of the controversy, the corporation proceeded to make blog posts and tweets assuring folks that "it wasn't that bad", and that Sony only had its users best interests in mind.

    But while the messaging was appreciated, the question remains: what rights does Sony reserve in its own terms of service. And how might those be changed to better reflect what the company is telling the world?

    Maybe play should have *some* limits...in Virtual Legality.

    CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT: https://youtu.be/y6sEHOUkgPo

    #Sony #Recording #PS5

    ***
    Discussed in this episode:

    "Sony will let PS5 owners record their voice chats and snitch on fellow players"
    The Verge - October 14, 2020 - Jay Peters
    https://www.theverge.com/2020/10/14/21516928/sony-ps5-playstation-5-owners-record-listen-voice-chats-moderation-4-8-0-software-update

    "What's Actually IN those New PlayStation Network (PSN) Terms? (VL334)"
    YouTube Video - October 8, 2020 - Hoeg Law
    https://youtu.be/e9J9dhI4qKA

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

    California Code, Penal Code - PEN § 632
    https://codes.findlaw.com/ca/penal-code/pen-sect-632.html

    "Details on new voice chat functionality coming to PS5"
    PlayStation Blog - October 16, 2020
    https://blog.playstation.com/2020/10/16/details-on-new-voice-chat-functionality-coming-to-ps5/

    "Hey folks - just wanted to let you know that we’re looking into your feedback on the recent changes to Parties on PS4."
    Tweet - October 17, 2020 - PlayStation (@PlayStation)
    https://twitter.com/PlayStation/status/1317616221580218368

    ***
    "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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    • 22 мин.
    Who Censors The Censors? On Facebook, Twitter, Biden, and The NY Post (VL340)

    Who Censors The Censors? On Facebook, Twitter, Biden, and The NY Post (VL340)

    Facebook and Twitter have acted, almost simultaneously, to restrict or ban dissemination of a New York Post article implicating Hunter Biden and his father, presidential candidate Joe Biden, in Ukrainian malfeasance, all on the back of an apparently abandoned laptop.

    Is it real? Is it fake?

    Big Tech doesn't want you to judge for yourself, and that's a problem...in Virtual Legality.

    CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AND THE SOURCES: https://youtu.be/ul9nsTu6NvQ

    #Gamestop #Microsoft #Xbox

    ***
    "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:
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1zDCgJzZUy9YAU61GoW-00K0TJOGnPCo

    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.

    ***
    Twitter: @hoeglaw
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    ***
    DESIGN WORK
    Joe Ellis (Logo Design)
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    For more information: contact Chris at @Chrisleroux on Twitter.

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    • 41 мин.
    GameStop WILL Share Xbox Digital Revenue...Apparently (VL339)

    GameStop WILL Share Xbox Digital Revenue...Apparently (VL339)

    "GameStop and Microsoft will both benefit from the customer acquisition and lifetime revenue value of each gamer brought into the Xbox ecosystem."
    - Press Release; October 8, 2020

    What that line means (and does not mean) has been a point of contention not just in gaming circles but also among financial analysts. Now, one analyst says that Microsoft and GameStop intend to share downstream revenue of Xboxes sold at GameStop.

    What does that mean? What could it mean for GameStop and for Microsoft's competitors? For Nintendo, Sony, the PlayStation, and the Switch? And just how seriously should we take his statement?

    Turns out Microsoft may also be powering GameStop's dreams...in Virtual Legality.

    CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT: https://youtu.be/wfBIEnYMepg

    #Gamestop #Microsoft #Xbox

    ***
    Discussed in this episode:

    "Microsoft's "Big" Moves: On GameStop, Epic, and App Fairness (VL335)"
    YouTube Video - October 9, 2020 - Hoeg Law
    https://youtu.be/xzxj39C2FK0

    "GameStop Announces Multi-year Strategic Partnership with Microsoft"
    Press Release - October 8, 2020
    http://news.gamestop.com/news-releases/news-release-details/gamestop-announces-multi-year-strategic-partnership-microsoft

    "Today $GME confirmed with [DOMO CAPITAL] that the agreement with $MSFT includes revenue sharing on all downstream revenue"
    Tweet - October 13, 2020 - DOMO Capital Management, LLC (@DOMOCAPITAL)
    https://twitter.com/DOMOCAPITAL/status/1316173476777136128

    "GameStop Revenue Sharing Agreement With Microsoft Shifts Sentiment"
    Seeking Alpha - October 12, 2020 - Justin Dopierala
    https://seekingalpha.com/article/4378623-gamestop-revenue-sharing-agreement-microsoft-shifts-sentiment

    "GameStop's (GME) Microsoft Deal Unlikely to Drive 'Meaningful' Upside - Wedbush"
    Street Insider - October 9, 2020
    https://www.streetinsider.com/Analyst+Comments/GameStops+%28GME%29+Microsoft+Deal+Unlikely+to+Drive+Meaningful+Upside+-+Wedbush/17454679.html

    "Sony Won't Follow Game Pass Model on PS5, Doesn't Believe It's Sustainable"
    PushSquare - September 17, 2020 - Sammy Barker
    https://www.pushsquare.com/news/2020/09/sony_wont_follow_game_pass_model_on_ps5_doesnt_believe_its_sustainable

    "PS5 beats Xbox Series X by huge margin, says new survey"
    Toms Guide - August 3, 2020 - Marshall Honorof
    https://www.tomsguide.com/news/gamers-prefer-ps5-xbox-series-x-survey

    ***
    "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:
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1zDCgJzZUy9YAU61GoW-00K0TJOGnPCo

    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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    • 37 мин.
    Epic's Unreal Uncertainty Creates Opportunity For Unity (VL338)

    Epic's Unreal Uncertainty Creates Opportunity For Unity (VL338)

    With "Epic vs Apple" continuing to spin up (litigation is currently scheduled for next year), we can already see tech giants of all shapes and sizes, from Microsoft to ProtonMail, being pulled into the conversation.

    And while the judge ultimately sided with Epic on the Unreal question (preventing Apple from removing support for Unreal Engine on iOS), the fact that the question was a "close" one (and that such support may yet be lost) likely has developers reevaluating their support.

    A reevaluation that the folks at Unity would be all too happy to encourage.

    Litigation can give a business organization a *unity* of purpose...in Virtual Legality.

    CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT: https://youtu.be/fxafL0E4Wn0

    #Unreal #Unity #GameGrowth

    ***
    Discussed in this episode:

    An Antitrust Epic
    YouTube Playlist – Hoeg Law
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1zDCgJzZUy-lb7ReoUqL5_dTcM8ngmfV

    "our vision for the future"
    Coalition for App Fairness
    https://appfairness.org/our-vision/

    "10 app store principles to promote choice, fairness and innovation"
    Microsoft Blog - October 8, 2020
    https://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2020/10/08/app-store-fairness-caf-interoperability-principles/

    "Investigation of Competition in Digital Markets"
    US House Antitrust Subcommittee Majority Staff Report
    October 6, 2020
    https://judiciary.house.gov/uploadedfiles/competition_in_digital_markets.pdf

    "10 app store principles to promote choice, fairness and innovation"
    Microsoft Blog - October 8, 2020
    https://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2020/10/08/app-store-fairness-caf-interoperability-principles/

    "Microsoft is bringing xCloud to iOS via the web"
    The Verge - October 8, 2020 - Tom Warren
    https://www.theverge.com/2020/10/8/21508706/microsoft-xcloud-ios-web-browser-2021

    Apple's Opposition to Preliminary Injunction
    Epic v Apple - September 15, 2020
    https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/17442392/73/epic-games-inc-v-apple-inc/

    Epic's "Reply to Opposition/Response"
    Epic's v Apple - September 18, 2020
    https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/17442392/90/epic-games-inc-v-apple-inc/

    "Injunction Disjunction: Epic Loss for Fortnite/Epic Win for Unreal! (VL336)"
    YouTube Video - October 10, 2020 - Hoeg Law
    https://youtu.be/2EE9HvQ7z14

    "Introducing the Game Growth program"
    Unity Blog - October 13, 2020
    https://blogs.unity3d.com/2020/10/13/introducing-the-game-growth-program/

    ***
    "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:
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1zDCgJzZUy9YAU61GoW-00K0TJOGnPCo

    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.

    ***
    Twitter: @hoeglaw
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    • 27 мин.
    Microsoft Marketing: Missing Master Chief (VL337)

    Microsoft Marketing: Missing Master Chief (VL337)

    As next generation consoles make their way from design concepts and rendered trailers out to real life boxes with real life marketing, we're getting a better chance to see how Sony and Microsoft intend to sell all those Xboxes and PlayStations.

    But one thing that jumps out on the newly leaked Xbox packaging is just how much Microsoft was invested in Halo Infinite releasing at launch.

    With no other major AAA titles to show off the power of the system, did Microsoft make the right call in showing off the Master Chief's iconic helmet?

    Let's discuss.

    This may be the first sub-20 minute video we've delivered since almost half of you said you preferred sub-20 minute videos...in Virtual Legality.

    CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT: https://youtu.be/QNuAVtGFgNo

    #Microsoft #Xbox #Halo

    ***
    Discussed in this episode:

    "Injunction Disjunction: Epic Loss for Fortnite/Epic Win for Unreal! (VL336)"
    YouTube Video - October 10, 2020 - Hoeg Law
    https://youtu.be/2EE9HvQ7z14

    "Retail [Xbox Series X] boxes spotted in a warehouse"
    Tweet - October 12, 2020 - Nibel (@Nibellion)
    https://twitter.com/Nibellion/status/1315631416412196864

    "Xbox Series X|S Launch Trailer – Us Dreamers – Power Your Dreams"
    YouTube Video - October 9, 2020 - Xbox
    https://youtu.be/DIMAujZpry0

    "Xbox Series X: Buy A Game Once and Play the Best Version Across Generations with Smart Delivery"
    XBox Blog - June 15, 2020
    https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2020/06/15/what-is-smart-delivery-xbox-series-x/

    "You Are the Future of Gaming"
    XBox Blog - July 16, 2020
    https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2020/07/16/players-first-you-are-the-future-of-gaming/

    "The Messaging Disaster of Microsoft's Xbox Series X Showcase (VL271)"
    YouTube Video - July 24, 2020 - Hoeg Law
    https://youtu.be/jV1elFEAxKY

    "According to Greenberg Halo Infinite ran on a PC with specs similar to the XSX"
    Tweet - July 24, 2020 - Nibel (@Nibellion)
    https://twitter.com/Nibellion/status/1286653437220999168

    "No Power? After Halo Infinite, Microsoft Changes its Message (VL273)"
    YouTube Video - July 28, 2020 - Hoeg Law
    https://youtu.be/cvqv7L7Pt3U

    "Halo Infinite Development Update"
    Tweet - August 11, 2020 - Halo (@Halo)
    https://twitter.com/Halo/status/1293261002037841920

    "Halo Infinite Delayed! Microsoft's "X"-Rated Disaster (VL283)"
    YouTube Video - August 11, 2020 - Hoeg Law
    https://youtu.be/KDmdSEiT7Ds

    "‘Halo Infinite’ Now Seems Headed To The End Of 2021, Not The Beginning"
    Forbes - August 28, 2020 - Paul Tassi
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/paultassi/2020/08/28/halo-infinite-now-seems-headed-to-the-end-of-2021-not-the-beginning/

    "Xbox Series X games list: All confirmed launch games on release plus Xbox Series X exclusives explained"
    Eurogamer - Updated October 12, 2020
    https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/xbox-series-x-games-confirmed-exclusives-6400

    "XBOX GAME PASS IS MICROSOFT’S TRUE NEXT-GEN XBOX"
    The Verge - July 24, 2020 - Tom Warren
    https://www.theverge.com/2020/7/24/21336892/microsoft-xbox-series-x-game-pass-event-showcase-future

    ***
    "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:
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1zDCgJzZUy9YAU61GoW-00K0TJOGnPCo

    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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    • 14 мин.

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