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Ryan Morrison, better known on Reddit and the internet as "Video Game Attorney," and co-hosts Austin Hoffman and Ali Rothman, take a hard look at how the law will react to the fast growth in technology. Will we need consent to sleep with a robot? Will our organs be government property? Come in and find out.

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Ryan Morrison, better known on Reddit and the internet as "Video Game Attorney," and co-hosts Austin Hoffman and Ali Rothman, take a hard look at how the law will react to the fast growth in technology. Will we need consent to sleep with a robot? Will our organs be government property? Come in and find out.

iTunes Ratings

150 Ratings
Average Ratings
132
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8

I don’t even like video games and I love this show

By Piffleton - Oct 08 2018
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All I ever needed to know about the DMCA, I learned from Robot Congress. Fair use!

Amazing show

By SalteyBoi - Jul 12 2018
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Wish I found this show sooner. Great show

iTunes Ratings

150 Ratings
Average Ratings
132
3
4
3
8

I don’t even like video games and I love this show

By Piffleton - Oct 08 2018
Read more
All I ever needed to know about the DMCA, I learned from Robot Congress. Fair use!

Amazing show

By SalteyBoi - Jul 12 2018
Read more
Wish I found this show sooner. Great show
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Robot Congress

Latest release on May 21, 2020

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Ryan Morrison, better known on Reddit and the internet as "Video Game Attorney," and co-hosts Austin Hoffman and Ali Rothman, take a hard look at how the law will react to the fast growth in technology. Will we need consent to sleep with a robot? Will our organs be government property? Come in and find out.

Rank #1: ROBOT CONGRESS - 76 - Are ROMs Legal

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This week Morrison, Austin and Ali discuss the burning question in everyone's minds: is the unauthorized distribution of old (and new!) games through ROMs and their Emulators illegal? Will they result in legal action? Find out this week, on Robot Congress!

Aug 14 2018

43mins

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Rank #2: ROBOT CONGRESS - 72 - Future of Esports Player Unions

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The episode more requested than any other: Should esports pros unionize?

May 08 2018

35mins

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Rank #3: ROBOT CONGRESS - 46 - PewDiePie's DMCA Dilemma

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PewDiePie, one of YouTube's biggest personalities, has made another blunder and is finding out that developers have every right to DMCA his Lets Play videos. Find out why the creators and owners of the games hold all the power in this week's Robot Congress!

Brought to you by Squarespace- use coupon code ROBOT for 10% off! Plus, Penn State Online.

Sep 12 2017

42mins

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Rank #4: ROBOT CONGRESS - 48 - PubG vs. Fornite: Battle of the Royales

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Can Bluehole sue Epic Games for their use of the Battle Royale gamestyle that made Playerunknown's Battlegrounds a Steam store superstar? What does Bluehole mean by "contemplating further action?" Can you use other company's products in your own promotions? Bluehole has stirred up a storm with their statements about Epic Games' new PvP mode for Fortnite, and we're going to get to the bottom of this cyclone!

Sep 26 2017

29mins

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Rank #5: ROBOT CONGRESS - 77 - A New Lawsuit Every Fortnite

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Can you copyright a dance move? This week Morrison, Austin, and Ali discuss the lawsuits surrounding Epic's Fortnite and the celebrity dance moves it has co-opted for use in its explosive game.

Dec 20 2018

28mins

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Rank #6: ROBOT CONGRESS - 42 - Take Two of These C&Ds (the OpenIV story)

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What happens when you mix Russian modding software with Grand Theft Auto 5's incredible popularity? LAWSUITS?! Probably not. Cease and Desists?! Definitely. Featuring IRON MAN (as an example of why modding can be detrimental to a publisher).
This episode is brought to you by Squarespace, use offer code ROBOT to support the show and get 10% off- as well as Penn State Online.

Aug 15 2017

45mins

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Rank #7: ROBOT CONGRESS - 74 - Fake It Til You Make It: The Kylie Jenner Story

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Forbes has declared that Kylie Jenner is set to be the youngest ever Self-Made billionaire- this week on Robot Congress Morrison, Austin and Ali are analyzing this claim and the counterfeit industry that surrounds popular products like celebrity makeup.

Jul 17 2018

34mins

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Rank #8: ROBOT CONGRESS - 44 - Gold Scammers Stole My Parents (Money)

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Scammers stole my kid's account! What can I do, and was it worth anything for the 300 hours he sunk into it?!

Hey- that troll stole my level 36 magic staff! Can I sue him, or have him thrown in jail? Am I destined to spend another 15 hours grinding to acquire a new staff?

Will the government tax my gold gains?!

Find out on Robot Congress!

We're brought to you by Squarespace- use code ROBOT to get 10% off! Plus, Penn State Online!

Aug 29 2017

53mins

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Rank #9: ROBOT CONGRESS - 81 - Bark to the Future

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Would you put your dog's brain in a robot body? This week Morrison, Austin, and Ali talk about the past and future of pets, and we even throw in some pet law for no extra charge!

Mar 09 2019

42mins

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Rank #10: ROBOT CONGRESS - 75 - Bird Law

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Why are Birds terrorizing major cities around the US? This week Morrison, Austin and Ali examine the electric scooter sensation that's sweeping the nation. Is it a great eco-friendly startup, or a thousand thousand lawsuits waiting to happen?

Aug 07 2018

40mins

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Rank #11: ROBOT CONGRESS - 40 - RELAUNCH (and the Alex Mauer story)

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IT'S OUR RELAUNCH! And we couldn't have done a worse job. All new sound and recording equipment and Ryan somehow managed to speak into the wrong end of his microphone (shut up, it's possible) and create an awful echo'y sound. But it's not nearly as bad as the story behind this week's topic.
Alex Mauer has rum rampant with the DMCA takedowns, hitting both commentator and creator alike. Was she allowed to do this? Did she own the content? What powers does the DMCA actually grant, and what happens if you cheat? All this and more on this week's ROBOT CONGRESS! (Now out every Tuesday)

Aug 02 2017

53mins

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Rank #12: ROBOT CONGRESS - 83 - Can YouTube Survive COPPA? (Ft. Jonathan Katz)

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Will COPPA be the end of child-friendly content on YouTube? This week Ryan, Austin, Ali, and Special Guest Jonathan Katz assess the potential consequences of COPPA on YouTube!

Nov 28 2019

41mins

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Rank #13: ROBOT CONGRESS - 82 - How to Work in Video Games

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What does it take to break into the video game industry? Do you have the necessary experience to level up to a career in this Pac-Man-Eats-Ghost world of bytes and pixels? This week Morrison, Austin, and Ali share their experience and wisdom!

Nov 21 2019

41mins

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Rank #14: ROBOT CONGRESS - 45 - Attack of the Remakes

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Why are so many game companies remaking old games I love? Can I share the Star Wars v Star Trek game I spent two years on? What if it's free?

We're talking remakes, both official and unofficial! From Street Fighter to Dungeon Keeper, Gearbox buying Homeworld and remastering it to that KOTOR fan remake that isn't lawful no matter what their website says.

Learn ALL ABOUT IT this week on Robot Congress!

Remember Squarespace? Use coupon ROBOT to get 10% off their awesome service! Also, Penn State Online!

Sep 05 2017

50mins

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Rank #15: ROBOT CONGRESS - 73 - Trumped Up Supreme Court Picks (Ft. Ali Rothman)

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This week is about the Supreme Court, what they do, and the new nomination! Morrison and Austin are joined this week by Allison Rothman to answer your burning questions about the Most Supreme Court of the Land (in this case, the US!)

Jul 10 2018

42mins

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Rank #16: ROBOT CONGRESS - 80 - Friends with Technology Benefits

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How has technology altered the way we maintain relationships? This week Morrison, Austin, and Ali reminisce about how instant messaging, dial-up modems, and video chat changed everything. Plus, by popular demand, Austin rants about grocery stores.

Feb 22 2019

34mins

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Rank #17: ROBOT CONGRESS - 78 - Reddit Asks Us Anything

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Just how bad are esports player contracts? Does Skyrim's Bethesda own the word Scrolls? Do companies need to sue to protect their trademarks and intellectual property? This week Morrison, Austin, and Ali answer all the questions!

Feb 07 2019

36mins

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Rank #18: ROBOT CONGRESS - 79 - The Apex of our Fortnite

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Is Apex Legends a threat to Fortnite's popularity? How did Apex launch with virtually no warning and no leaks? This week Morrison, Austin, and Ali talk about the huge hit Apex Legends and its impact on the gaming world.

Feb 14 2019

29mins

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Rank #19: ROBOT CONGRESS Classics - 2 - Artificial Intelligence, Self-Driving Cars, and the Future of You

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Should artificial intelligence have human rights? Who's responsible if a self-driving car kills had an accident? This week in Classics, Morrison and Austin delve into the future of AI and discuss Skin Gambling: the purchasing and trade of video game aesthetics!

Sep 27 2018

33mins

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Rank #20: ROBOT CONGRESS - 85 - Fashion Isn't a Game

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Louis Vuitton and League of Legends have teamed up to bring fashion to gaming and vice versa! This week Ryan, Austin, and Ali talk about brand partnerships, what goes into such potent and influential agreements, and whether Austin can actually pull off a French accent.

Dec 12 2019

38mins

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ROBOT CONGRESS - 92 - Caution! Hot Take - McDonald's Hot Coffee Case

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Can you win millions by burning yourself with McDonalds coffee? This week Ryan, Austin, and Ali discuss what you don't know about the famous McDonald's Hot Coffee case!

May 21 2020

38mins

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ROBOT CONGRESS - 91 - Disney Sends Twitter Over the Galaxy's Edge

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Does Disney own your Star Wars Tweets? This week Ryan, Austin, and Ali discuss the #MayThe4th Star Wars Twitter controversy!

May 05 2020

25mins

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ROBOT CONGRESS - 90 - Call of Duty: Lawsuit Edition

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This week Ryan, Austin, and Ali discuss AM General trying to sue Activision Blizzard for its use of the Humvee in the Call of Duty series! Hop in and join the battle between law and chaos!

Apr 30 2020

38mins

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ROBOT CONGRESS - 89 - The Horror of AB5

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Should Uber drivers be contractors or employees? This week Ryan, Austin, and Ali discuss the pros and cons of California's AB5 law and whether this is the end of the disrupting apps as we know them!

Apr 02 2020

36mins

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ROBOT CONGRESS - 88 - Austin's Wedding Special!

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Would your marriage's validity stand up in court? This week Ryan, Austin, and Ali talk about Austin's Wedding and whether his internet-ordained minister had the power to marry the newlyweds!

Mar 26 2020

38mins

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ROBOT CONGRESS - 87 - It's the End of 2019 and We Know It

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It's almost the New Year, 2019 is on its way out! This week Ryan, Austin, and Ali talk about their hopes for 2020: Will we see advances in Roomba technology, toiletries, or WiFi? Plus, Austin predicts the best planets and movies of 2020!

Dec 26 2019

41mins

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ROBOT CONGRESS - 86 - How to Find a Publisher (Ft. Sean McKenzie)

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Have you ever created game of such beautiful artistry, a craft of such genius, so brilliant in design, that it went completely unappreciated by the masses? You probably needed a publisher!

This week Morrison, Austin, and Ali are joined by Sean McKenzie of Armor Games to discuss what a publisher does, and why they're so integral to the gaming business.

Dec 19 2019

44mins

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ROBOT CONGRESS - 85 - Fashion Isn't a Game

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Louis Vuitton and League of Legends have teamed up to bring fashion to gaming and vice versa! This week Ryan, Austin, and Ali talk about brand partnerships, what goes into such potent and influential agreements, and whether Austin can actually pull off a French accent.

Dec 12 2019

38mins

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ROBOT CONGRESS - 84 - Skate 4 Lives! Trademark Talk

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What is a trademark, and what does it mean when one is abandoned? This week Ryan, Austin, and Ali talk about the Skate 4 trademark debacle, and why you shouldn't believe everything you read on the internet!

Dec 05 2019

19mins

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ROBOT CONGRESS - 83 - Can YouTube Survive COPPA? (Ft. Jonathan Katz)

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Will COPPA be the end of child-friendly content on YouTube? This week Ryan, Austin, Ali, and Special Guest Jonathan Katz assess the potential consequences of COPPA on YouTube!

Nov 28 2019

41mins

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ROBOT CONGRESS - 82 - How to Work in Video Games

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What does it take to break into the video game industry? Do you have the necessary experience to level up to a career in this Pac-Man-Eats-Ghost world of bytes and pixels? This week Morrison, Austin, and Ali share their experience and wisdom!

Nov 21 2019

41mins

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ROBOT CONGRESS - 81 - Bark to the Future

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Would you put your dog's brain in a robot body? This week Morrison, Austin, and Ali talk about the past and future of pets, and we even throw in some pet law for no extra charge!

Mar 09 2019

42mins

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ROBOT CONGRESS - 80 - Friends with Technology Benefits

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How has technology altered the way we maintain relationships? This week Morrison, Austin, and Ali reminisce about how instant messaging, dial-up modems, and video chat changed everything. Plus, by popular demand, Austin rants about grocery stores.

Feb 22 2019

34mins

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ROBOT CONGRESS - 79 - The Apex of our Fortnite

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Is Apex Legends a threat to Fortnite's popularity? How did Apex launch with virtually no warning and no leaks? This week Morrison, Austin, and Ali talk about the huge hit Apex Legends and its impact on the gaming world.

Feb 14 2019

29mins

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ROBOT CONGRESS - 78 - Reddit Asks Us Anything

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Just how bad are esports player contracts? Does Skyrim's Bethesda own the word Scrolls? Do companies need to sue to protect their trademarks and intellectual property? This week Morrison, Austin, and Ali answer all the questions!

Feb 07 2019

36mins

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ROBOT CONGRESS - 77 - A New Lawsuit Every Fortnite

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Can you copyright a dance move? This week Morrison, Austin, and Ali discuss the lawsuits surrounding Epic's Fortnite and the celebrity dance moves it has co-opted for use in its explosive game.

Dec 20 2018

28mins

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ROBOT CONGRESS Classics - 5 - Future Warfare and Technology

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What is the future of warfare? Will soldiers be grizzled men leaping around battlefields in exosuits, or will they 18 year-old Starcraft players commanding robot soldiers from halfway across the globe?

This week in Robot Congress Classics, we discuss the Future of War! (what is it good for?)

Oct 25 2018

36mins

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ROBOT CONGRESS Classics - 4 - The Future of Entertainment and Media

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Will we still be watching television in twenty years, or will we all be plugged into the wall in a virtual cyberspace world? This week in Robot Congress Classics, Morrison and Austin talk about: the potentials of virtual reality; how all our fancy new devices afford us no privacy; what IS "obscene" in media; and how Morrison thinks indie movie theaters are the New Future.

Oct 11 2018

36mins

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ROBOT CONGRESS Classics - 3 - The Future of Transportation

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Are Smart Cars the future? Who's responsible if a self-driving car hits your house? Am I still myself if I use a Star Trek transporter? This week in RoCo Classics, Morrison and Austin discuss all the future of transportation!

Oct 05 2018

38mins

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ROBOT CONGRESS Classics - 2 - Artificial Intelligence, Self-Driving Cars, and the Future of You

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Should artificial intelligence have human rights? Who's responsible if a self-driving car kills had an accident? This week in Classics, Morrison and Austin delve into the future of AI and discuss Skin Gambling: the purchasing and trade of video game aesthetics!

Sep 27 2018

33mins

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iTunes Ratings

150 Ratings
Average Ratings
132
3
4
3
8

I don’t even like video games and I love this show

By Piffleton - Oct 08 2018
Read more
All I ever needed to know about the DMCA, I learned from Robot Congress. Fair use!

Amazing show

By SalteyBoi - Jul 12 2018
Read more
Wish I found this show sooner. Great show