Wearable Devices as Copyright Enforcement Tools

What if, instead of being a copyright infringement threat, wearable technology became copyright’s ultimate enforcement tool? Copyright enforcement will be a major challenge in the medium of augmented reality. The mass lawsuits of the past two decades against file-sharers and signal pirates have required a significant amount of detective work and discovery to connect individual[...]

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Can I Augment That? 5 Targets to Be Wary of When Making AR

With the steady growth of new tools for user-generated augmented reality, I’ve been fielding a ton of questions lately on whether it’s legally okay to augment particular content. In other words–if you’re not familiar with how AR works–they want to know if it’s permissible to associate certain digital content with a particular physical object (the[...]

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From the Archives: Augmented Reality as Free Speech

With the continued expansion of new AR-creation tools, I’ve been getting the question “Can I augment that?” a lot lately.  This post from April 2013 promises to be increasingly relevant in the near future. Does the First Amendment to the United States Constitution protect the right to augment reality? As with most legal questions about[...]

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I Need More of Your Feedback on Facial Recognition Privacy

As I reported in January of this year, I am participating on behalf of AugmentedReality.Org in the Privacy Multistakeholder Process for Facial Recognition Technology being held by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.  Between February and June of 2014, this collaborative gathering intends to hammer out a voluntary, enforceable code of conduct that specifies how the[...]

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Google Glass and the TSA

Can you use Google Glass in the airport security line? The TSA does not have a specific policy on this, but it does have a general stance on taking photos and video of airport security checkpoints: TSA does not prohibit the public, passengers or press from photographing, videotaping or filming at security checkpoints, as long[...]

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More Voices Join the AR Law Conversation

I’ve enjoyed occupying the “AR Lawyer” niche for the past several years. My first piece on augmented reality law was published in 2007. I launched the Augmented Legality® portion of this blog in January 2011, where I’ve addressed the subject regularly ever since.  On top of that have been dozens of articles, interviews, and public[...]

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IP in an Augmented Reality

My latest article, “IP in an Augmented Reality,” was just published in the Jan/Feb 2014 issue of Landslide, the magazine of the American Bar Association’s IP Section.  It summarizes how copyright, patent, trademark, and publicity rights law will apply to AR technologies. An excerpt is below.  Click here to read the full article on the[...]

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Augmented Reality Patents Are Skyrocketing

In October and December 2011, I wrote about the extensive number of AR-related patent applications already on file.  ”If you’re serious about succeeding with your AR business plan–and especially if you hope to attract investors,” I said, “it would be well worth your time to research the existing patent landscape in your field, and get your[...]

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Augmented & Wearable Solutions to IoT Privacy Concerns

Government regulators are only beginning to draw lines of privacy around data accumulated by the Internet of Things–that emerging collection of installed and wearable networked devices that were featured so prominently at CES 2014. But could these same devices end up being part of the privacy solution? In September 2013, the FTC took its first[...]

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Your Chance to Influence Facial Recognition Privacy Law!

On February 6, 2014, the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA)–a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce–will hold the first in a series of meetings on facial recognition technology.  ”The goal of the process,” says the NTIA, “is to develop a voluntary, enforceable code of conduct that specifies how the Consumer Privacy Bill of[...]

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