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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,Read more

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Navigating Activision Blizzard - From PlayStation Stings to Game Awards Things (VL588)

Dec 7 • 50:09
Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick is facing one of the most precarious times of his long reign at the video game publisher.

Now - the ESA has spoken, Microsoft shareholders have thoughts (as do at least a half dozen state treasurers), and even The Game Awards have been drawn into the fray. It's clear that Activision has cast a pall on the industry. The question is wh...

RUST and the Abdication Of Responsibility - The Ballad Of Alec Baldwin (VL587)

Dec 3 • 39:40
Alec Baldwin has done the unthinkable, not just in wielding the gun that shot and killed Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust in October of this year, but in giving a national interview to George Stephanopoulos of ABC News before the investigation has even run its course.

Why would someone do such a reckless thing? Why would his lawyers allow it?

Alec Baldwin has a lot to ...

Sony's Gender Discrimination Lawsuit - Reckoning Or Wreck? (VL586)

Dec 2 • 47:38
Activision Blizzard is not the only company in the video game industry facing scrutiny for its treatment of women. But unlike individuals, not all lawsuits are created equal, as we'll find we look at the proposed class action lawsuit recently brought against Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE).

It may be actionable, but it's not Virtual Legality.


Take Two: Trademark Police - Can You Own The Word 'Rockstar'? (VL585)

Dec 1 • 24:26
Unlike with copyright, a trademark owner really does have to police the use of its mark to ensure it doesn't lose its rights. That said, policing can go too far, and with at least 25 extensions or oppositions filed by Take Two Interactive in the last three months alone, the question becomes: "Are they going on a rampage or are simply "rockstars" of trademark law?".

Take ...

Twitter Declares War on Independent Media (and Almost Everyone Else) (VL584)

Nov 30 • 36:57
New Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal has begun his tenure with a bang. But what's really the problem with the company's ambiguous new "private media" policy? As it turns out, pretty much everything, especially since it is likely to apply to (almost) everyone on the platform.

But, hey, maybe the mainstream media really *does* need a special pass for lacking in Virtual ...

JACK STEPS DOWN! But Will New CEO Parag Agrawal Cost Twitter? (VL583)

Nov 29 • 41:27
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey resigns unexpectedly, but will new CEO Parag Agrawal's past quotes (and current philosophy) cost the social media platform more than it bargained for? And what might YouTube, Facebook, and the rest of the Big Tech giants think of the risks to CDA 230's liability shield that Twitter may have just put in play.

Yes we skipped the most obvious

Are Gaming Industry Refund Policies REALLY Illegal? Not So Fast... (VL582)

Nov 26 • 23:10
On November 24, 2021, YouTube Upper Echelon Gamers posited a question - "Are Refund Policies ILLEGAL in the Gaming Industry?". As his video came to the conclusion that they might be due to the uniform commercial code (UCC) and the implied warranty of merchantability contained therein, folks asked me to comment.

This is that comment, and as with most things in the law...thi...

NIGHT MOVES - Activision Board Looks For Solutions By Committee (VL581)

Nov 23 • 23:24
Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick is facing one of the most precarious times of his long reign at the video game publisher.

Now, the Activision Board has taken its own steps to try to quell the outrage, announcing a "Workplace Responsibility Committee" in a late night press release. Who's on it? How does it work? And why are some folks even more upset?

Perhaps its tim...

Kotick Stepping Down? - Activision And The Art Of Saying Nothing (VL580)

Nov 22 • 15:38
Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick is facing one of the most precarious times of his long reign at the video game publisher.

Now, reports of the CEO's willingness to step down have been reported to the Wall Street Journal, but everything is not as it otherwise might appear. For if there's one thing a public CEO's how to say something without giving up much.


DISLIKE: Lies, Damn Lies, and YouTube (VL579)

Nov 22 • 21:20
YouTube has a history of being...less than forthright with both content creators and viewers, but the platform's latest move, to remove all indications of the number of dislikes that a video has received, may well take the cake for obfuscation.

Why is YouTube's official explanation very difficult to believe? And why does it try to peddle it anyway?

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