Indie Developer Jon Olick Backtracks on Incendiary Tweets About Sony’s IP Ownership Policies for the PS4
Recently developer Jon Olick (who worked on Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, Rage, and the upcoming Firefall) kicked up a fuss on Twitter about alleged policies Sony had in their NDA contract regarding any games developed on PS4. According to Olick’s accusatory statements Sony would have gained ownership on the titles and all the related materials.
He has since deleted all of those tweets. You can go here to read all of them, while below you can see the one that started the whole hoopla:
Today he has updated his Twitter account with a series of tweets that rectifies what he had claimed previously:
I deleted a bunch of my posts. This is getting a bit out of hand. My posts were cautionary and not alarming. — Jon Olick (@JonOlick) August 14, 2013
Legal pro tip. Ask to talk to a lawyer in writing, not a para legal, when discussing a contract. They can’t lie or risk losing their license — Jon Olick (@JonOlick) August 15, 2013
Bar Association’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct states that a lawyer “shall not knowingly make a false statement of material fact.” — Jon Olick (@JonOlick) August 15, 2013
they can be disciplined or even disbarred for telling a lie. key word is “knowingly.” A lawyer cannot “knowingly” lie. — Jon Olick (@JonOlick) August 15, 2013
So ask questions carefully and pay attention to how they word answers. Push for more clarity and don’t fill in blanks. — Jon Olick (@JonOlick) August 15, 2013
It seems that this issue was just a big misunderstanding after all. Hopefully the involved parties can now move on from this with no problems.