Pokémon Go US lawsuit

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Pokémon Go was launched barely 7 weeks ago and already, it has dominated the world of mobile games and apps download in a way no app has ever done. Pokémon Go is almost like a cultural phenomenon breaking down barriers and bringing about a new world order where everybody goes around starring at their phones as the new normal.

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Pokémon Go

The stories around Pokémon Go are so bizarre around the world. Even the launch of the game in Japan came with many headline stories that Niantic Labs, the creators of the game, did not envisage when creating the game.

Last week, Niantic Labs got the sort of news they hope they won’t have to deal with so early in the life of Pokémon Go. A couple in St. Clair Shores in Detroit in the United States dragged Pokémon Go to court for violating their rights to privacy.

Yes, you got it right. The couple are complaining that their privacy is been violated by the activities of Niantic Labs.

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Playing Pokémon Go in Wahby Park

In summary, Scott and Jayme Didier, are tired of Pokémon Go players messing around on their property looking for Pokémons. Apparently, the couple’s apartment is close to a Pokémon Go Park (Wahby Park) but sometimes the virtual objects stray into the property of the couple.

Of course, players in a bid to capture the prized objects won’t allow that property to stop them, even if it is private property.

According to the couple, Pokémon Go players are not just content with looking for Pokémons in their yard, they go as far as peering through windows into the house hoping to see Pokémons in there.

No matter how you look at it, this is very annoying.

Niantic Labs has a history of placing the virtual Pokémons in private and sometimes sacred places like when the Holocaust Museums in Washington and Poland complained about it last month.

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John Hanke, Niantic Labs CEO

Joined in the lawsuit by the couple against Pokémon Go are Niantic Labs, Nintendo which owns a large chunk of the game (32%) and Pokémon Co based in Tokyo.

The lawsuit (also on behalf of other residents living around the park) which was filed in a federal court in California, bsaically want to stop the activities of Pokémon Go in and around the park.

This is part of the complaint from the lawasuit:

Nobody gets sleep anymore. How is this acceptable? … They hang out on our lawns, trample landscaping, look in vehicles … We don’t feel safe … I don’t feel safe sitting on our porch.

Defendants have shown a flagrant disregard for the foreseeable consequences of populating the real world with virtual Pokemon without seeking the permission of property owners,”

Niantic Labs is yet to respond publicity to the concerns of the couple. Perhaps they intend to do that in court.

On GameSpot, this report drew a lot of comments from readers. Most of them though support the right of the couple even if they don’t actually believe Niantic Labs should be sanctioned.

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Pokémon Go

This comment from one Faye_Tallity showed how outraged some people are by the whole idea of how a virtual reality game can take over some people’s way of life:

I cannot believe how humanity, has taken to such a sh*tty game! So what?! some STUPID character, that’s rare. Are you gonna win a gold medal?! Get Billions of dollars on the spot?! No! Go home & do your homework! I hope you little brats get kidnapped! They need to make a school curriculum called “The Value of Private Property” Where they learn in school WHY people get upset, & go into lawsuit mode if people continuously trespass on Private Property! Just cause you want some rare character, does not give anyone, any kind of “god given right” to trespass on private property! If you braces wearing virgins wanna trespass on private property, like zombies why not trespass onto some military base & be used as target practice! How about Area 51? That’s smart, RIGHT?! A pedophile’s property? The leader of a violent, ruthless gang member’s home? How about a sex-crazed cannibal…& his vicious dogs?! OR cannibals?! Hmm…good plan, right?! Or simply walk off a cliff?! Ohh interesting pokemon over there!…”

There is nothing more to add I guess.


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