Rule 34 and Trademark Dilution

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The popular internet meme known as Rule 34 states: “If it exists, there is porn of it. No exceptions.”  In actuality, there probably are a few exceptions to this rule (or at least I’d like to think so), but probably not many. At the same time, courts have become increasingly willing to product the owners of[...]

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5 Predictions for Augmented Reality Law in 2013 (and a Look Back at 2012)

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As a public radio commentator once said, augmented reality has “been the Next Big Thing for a while now, although it never manages to become the Actual Current Big Thing.”  In keeping with this Sisyphean observation, we did not (yet) see quite as much development in either AR technology or the law governing its use in[...]

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Augmented Reality Eyewear & the Problem of Porn [FROM THE ARCHIVES]

[This article was originally posted on May 2, 2012.] Regardless of your moral outlook, porn is a serious and growing sociological ill.  It may not be the same type of problem as crystal meth, child predators, or terrorism.  But it is a problem–and one that will get an order of magnitude worse when AR eyewear[...]

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Augmented Reality Eyewear & the Problem of Porn

Regardless of your moral outlook, porn is a serious and growing sociological ill.  It may not be the same type of problem as crystal meth, child predators, or terrorism.  But it is a problem–and one that will get an order of magnitude worse when AR eyewear hits the market. How Internet Porn Affects Society Today[...]

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5 Predictions for Augmented Reality Law in 2012

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This could finally be the year that the public begins to see augmented reality as a serious, important technology.   Lance Ulanoff, the editor-in-chief at Mashable, certainly thinks so.  He listed AR as the first of “5 Tech Trends to Watch in 2012.”  “Trust me,” he wrote, “by 2013, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who[...]

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Welcome “AR Dirt” to the Blogosphere

I’m happy to see that my friend and colleague Joe Rampolla has joined the blogosphere.  You can find him at ARDirt.com. Joe has been thinking and speaking about augmented reality and related technologies for years now.  He and I met shortly after I launched this blog, and discovered that we have some very similar ideas[...]

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AR Addiction: Could Augmented Reality Get Too Immersive?

Can you be trusted to design your own reality? Immersed in the Digital World Augmented Reality technology is all about customizing the world around us.  Through video-enabled smartphone and tablet apps, and soon directly through eyewear, it overlays digital data over our perception of the physical world.  The virtual world gets layered directly on top[...]

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Forget Facial Recognition–Body Recognition May Be the Real Privacy Concern

“Take a picture; it’ll last longer.” Many times has that bit of sarcasm been directed at people who stare just a little too long. But suppose the guy is staring because he’s taking your picture? That creepy scenario may play itself out sooner than we think. While many commentators are (rightly) concerned about the ramifications[...]

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