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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 Hoeg Law

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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!

    Musk Capitulates? | Rumors of Complete Surrender on Twitter Deal (VL721)

    Musk Capitulates? | Rumors of Complete Surrender on Twitter Deal (VL721)

    The long winding romance between Elon Musk and Twitter may be soon coming to a close, but not for any of the reasons we might have thought only a week ago.

    We know what surrender looks like...in Virtual Legality.

    CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT: https://youtu.be/UQ5Gqa7takw

    #elonmusk #twitter #deal

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    *** CHAPTERS

    00:00 Introduction

    3:33 Elon Surrenders

    6:59 Conclusion

    *** Discussed in this episode:

    PLAYLIST

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1zDCgJzZUy_O52bErVCYZfVYMgVgu3nX

    TWEETS

    https://twitter.com/chancery_daily/status/1574614016747454464

    TEXT DISCOVERY

    https://gizmodo.com/elon-musk-texts-joe-rogan-larry-elllison-dorsey-twitter-1849600155

    https://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/23112929/elon-musk-text-exhibits-twitter-v-musk.pdf

    ARTICLE

    https://www.cnbc.com/2022/10/04/twitter-shares-halted-on-report-that-musk-plans-to-go-through-with-deal-at-54point20-a-share.html

    *** "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 Web: hoeglaw.com

    • 10 min
    PlayStation Stars Controversy | How Sony Failed Its Audience...Again (VL720)

    PlayStation Stars Controversy | How Sony Failed Its Audience...Again (VL720)

    In the eternal game of who can have the worst messaging in the gaming industry, Sony another another feather in its cap this morning by offering superior customer service only to those that prove the most loyal to its brand.

    Now how is loyalty established in the eyes of a multinational corporation like Sony? By spending money, of course, through PlayStation's brand new loyalty program, PlayStation Stars. What could go wrong?

    No more counting dollars, we'll be counting Stars...in Virtual Legality.

    #sony #playstation #stars

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    • 20 min
    XBOX x ACTIVISION | Microsoft’s CEO Said What?!? (VL719)

    XBOX x ACTIVISION | Microsoft’s CEO Said What?!? (VL719)

    For the past few weeks, Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) has been in the spotlight, shouting to the high heavens that the PlayStation brand (PS5) is at existential risk if regulators allow rival Microsoft and their Xbox brand to complete their acquisition of publisher Activision (and specifically the Call of Duty franchise). But now the tables have turned as Microsoft has brought in a bigger figure than even gaming head Phil Spencer in CEO Satya Nadella. But what the head of one of the biggest tech companies on earth has to say about the deal may just be the most disingenuous thing yet. Everyone is stretching the truth...in Virtual Legality. #microsoft #xbox #activision

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    Discussed in this episode:

    PLAYLIST https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...

    ARTICLES https://www.gamesindustry.biz/microso... https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articl... https://www.eurogamer.net/top-10-gami... https://www.theverge.com/2021/5/5/224... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of... https://www.pushsquare.com/news/2022/... https://www.dualshockers.com/sony-acq... https://news.microsoft.com/2022/01/18...

    TWEETS https://twitter.com/WillKoulouris/sta... https://twitter.com/BloombergTV/statu... https://twitter.com/business/status/1...

    MERGER GUIDELINES https://www.justice.gov/atr/horizonta... https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/docu...

    "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... 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

    Web: hoeglaw.com

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

    • 23 min
    LAWYER LOOKS | AimJunkies Accuses Bungie of Destiny 2 Computer Fraud (VL718)

    LAWYER LOOKS | AimJunkies Accuses Bungie of Destiny 2 Computer Fraud (VL718)

    Sometimes people have thoughts about what we do here in Virtual Legality...and boy howdy does AimJunkies as they fend off legal challenges from Destiny 2 creator, Bungie. Join us as we discuss the cheat seller's responses to our analysis as well as the countercomplaint they just brought against Bungie for computer fraud. We have a lot to discuss. We try to get our story straight (boy)...in Virtual Legality. #bungie #aimjunkies #copyright * NEW MERCH LINK: https://virtuallegalityshop.myshopify... * WANT TO SUPPORT THE CHANNEL? UTREON - https://utreon.com/c/hoeglaw/ PATREON - https://www.patreon.com/VirtualLegality MERCH STORE - https://virtuallegalityshop.myshopify... BITCAST (Sundays 11AM Eastern) - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgHB... * CHAPTERS 00:00 Introduction 01:34 AimJunkies Responds to Us 13:25 AimJunkies Fires Back at Bungie 19:35 World of Warcraft, Glider, and Copyright Infringement 29:38 Game Genies and Modifications 33:56 Accusations of Computer Fraud 43:11 Conclusion * Discussed in this episode: PRIOR VIDEO https://youtu.be/nGVouGpjG8I ARTICLE https://torrentfreak.com/aimjunkies-c... LAWSUIT DOCUMENTS https://torrentfreak.com/images/aim-r... https://torrentfreak.com/images/aim-a... CASE PRECEDENT REVIEW https://casetext.com/case/mdy-indus-l... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_G.... LAW https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/te... CURRENT DESTINY 2 (BUNGIE) EULA https://www.bungie.net/7/en/Legal/sla * "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... 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 Web: hoeglaw.com

    • 47 min
    Twitch Gambles It All | Cuts Revenue to its Most Valuable Streamers (VL717)

    Twitch Gambles It All | Cuts Revenue to its Most Valuable Streamers (VL717)

    We've talked a lot about Twitch in Virtual Legality at this point, but at no time have we ever really been worried about the future of the platform...until now.

    It's time to talk about gambling, both in the literal and figurative sense.

    Sometimes its a corpse that twitches...in Virtual Legality.

    CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT: https://youtu.be/XY-qHX0FVKA

    #twitch #gambling #streaming

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    ***
    CHAPTERS
    00:00 Introduction
    1:11 Twitch vs Gambling
    10:00 Twitch vs Streamers
    35:54 Conclusion

    ***
    Discussed in this episode:

    ARTICLES
    https://kotaku.com/twitch-gambling-xqc-pokimane-stake-trainwreck-betting-1849560661
    https://kotaku.com/top-twitch-streamers-fight-over-sketchy-gambling-stream-1847186269
    https://www.theverge.com/2022/9/20/23363443/youtube-creator-music-licensing-program-monetizing-longform-videos

    TWEETS
    https://twitter.com/Twitch/status/1572347129192132611
    https://twitter.com/Twitch/status/1572525437196148738
    https://twitter.com/zachbussey/status/1572615009208786946
    https://twitter.com/DevinNash/status/1572587986835099649

    TWITCH BLOG
    https://blog.twitch.tv/en/2022/09/21/a-letter-from-twitch-president-dan-clancy-on-subscription-revenue-shares/

    ANCILLARY
    https://store.steampowered.com/news/group/4145017/old_view/1697191267930157838
    https://ir.aboutamazon.com/annual-reports-proxies-and-shareholder-letters/default.aspx
    https://s2.q4cdn.com/299287126/files/doc_financials/2022/ar/Amazon-2021-Annual-Report.pdf
    https://www.businessofapps.com/data/twitch-statistics/

    ***
    "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
    Web: hoeglaw.com

    • 39 min
    GTA 6 LEAKS | Lawyer Looks at the DMCA, Copyright, and Stolen IP (VL716)

    GTA 6 LEAKS | Lawyer Looks at the DMCA, Copyright, and Stolen IP (VL716)

    When what is likely to be one of the biggest releases in gaming history suffers a massive leak/hack of video footage, screenshots, and more, the industry pays attention. But so do the lawyers.

    Let's talk about Grand Theft Auto 6, Rockstart, the DMCA, and more.

    No developer wants their open world to be quite that open...in Virtual Legality.

    CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT: https://youtu.be/JQ9wPxTdDso

    #gta6 #gta6leaks #copyright

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    ***
    CHAPTERS
    00:00 Introduction
    2:03 PART 1 - What Just Happened?
    11:43 PART 2 - Let's Talk Law
    26:54 Conclusion

    ***
    Discussed in this episode:

    ARTICLES
    https://www.ign.com/articles/gta-6-gameplay-videos-reportedly-leak-grand-theft-auto
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/paultassi/2022/09/18/gta-6-suffers-massive-leak-of-90-gameplay-videos/?sh=f3eb8af11e4a
    https://www.reuters.com/technology/take-twos-grand-theft-auto-vi-gameplay-leaked-online-bloomberg-news-2022-09-19/

    TWEETS
    https://twitter.com/LegacyKillaHD/status/1571491733506228224
    https://twitter.com/RockstarGames/status/1571849091860029455/photo/1
    https://twitter.com/LegacyKillaHD/status/1571609744548429826
    https://twitter.com/LegacyKillaHD/status/1571804705713537024

    SEC FILING
    https://taketwointeractivesoftwareinc.gcs-web.com/static-files/d38e10c9-4abe-407f-9f3a-7f16f3118e20

    SONY PLAYLIST
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1zDCgJzZUy-ULKii2yP9AY-Emo1_G8xN

    LAW
    https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/17/512
    https://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-protect.html
    https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/17/107

    ***
    "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

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    ***
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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
76 Ratings

76 Ratings

mrmdavis ,

Great podcast on intersection of law/media/games/tech and even M&A

Rick does a great job of covering all the different aspects of how the law interacts with the following: gaming, streaming, purchasing, unionizing, Anti-Trust and game creation. On top of that, he even gives reviews on games he plays (as well as Star Wars and Marvel Movies).

Entertaining and informative.

thesnowman21 ,

Great legal insight into entertainment legal issues

Great pod and Rick Hoeg is a great host detailing out the legal issues of the day in the entertainment space. Great guy to chat with on Twitter.

MKLOLVR ,

Good. Biased, but Good.

Like the updates and the reporting, I personally just need the reporting and from there I choose my standing on an issue. Could do without your point of view, but it is solid reporting. I just ignore when you start ranting.

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