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Expanded Video Game Liability Post-Pokémon Go?

Pokémon Go, a free iPhone and Android gaming app, was released recently and promptly followed by a media frenzy. The app is built on Niantic Inc.'s "Real World Gaming Platform" and uses GPS technology to track users' locations and allow interaction between the virtual components of the app and real-world locations. Its initial release raised both safety and also privacy concerns about the use of users' Google data, including speculation that app developers could access the personal emails of players, but the concerns were shown to be overblown. Of course, any app that collects user data can carry security risks and may raise privacy concerns, but Pokémon Go does not appear to carry any unique risks.

The Implications and Backlash Surrounding the DMCA Cell Phone Unlock Ban

iphone-thumb-139x300-17422.jpgIn October 2012, the Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington, decided to remove the unlocking of cell phones exemption from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The act went into effect on January 26, 2013, and it made clear that consumers would not be able to unlock their cell phones on a different network without carrier permission, regardless of whether or not the user contract had expired.

The Law Does Not Always Keep Up With Technology

Connecticut entrepreneurs need to remain mindful of anachronistic laws. Connecticut businesses used to be able to rely on laws passed in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, but the technology and social media booms of the past ten or so years may cause those laws to be overlooked.

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