Virtual Legality
Virtual Legality
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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Palworld vs Pokemon | Can This Be Legal? (VL775)

E775 • Jan 23, 2024 • 92 mins

In this episode, Richard Hoeg delves into the ethical and legal implications of Palworld's design, including a detailed analysis of its copyright controversy. He explores international copyright laws, the concept of true copies, and potential infringements. He also discusses the likelihood of Nintendo taking legal action.

Key Points

  • Palworld is a new video game that has sold over 6 million copies in 4 days, inspired by Pokemon but with significant differences in gameplay, such as incorporating survival and crafting elements.
  • Nintendo and the Pokemon company have not taken legal action against Palworld despite its success and similarities to Pokemon, suggesting a potential tolerance for homage or derivative works that do not directly copy their assets.
  • The use of AI in game development, like that mentioned by Pocket Pair's CEO, is a contentious topic as it raises questions about copyright infringement, but there is no evidence to suggest AI was used to create Palworld.
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