In our ‘Oh, Really?’ feature, the Biederman Blog’s editors and alumni— voracious consumers of trendy matters — cast a curious, skeptical, fun and smart end-of-the-week eye on popular culture and its entertaining products, sharing their keen observations about legal matters these raise.
Who knows how many millennials and youngsters spent the long Labor Day holiday chasing Pikachu, Eevee, and Jigglypuff? Who knows how many will race out this weekend to pursue Squirtle, Bulbasaur, and Charmander? And where’s Tauros or Mr. Mime?
“Gotta catch ‘em all, Pokémon!” rang out the ’90s theme song every Saturday morning on the cartoon show iconic to a generation fully coming into its own. Now, history is repeating itself, as kids, teens, and, yes, some adults repeat that tune as they zip around trying to “catch” Pokémon on the hot smartphone game app Pokémon Go.
To hear fans of Pokémon Go tell it, its rising technology–augmented reality (AR)–promises everything from mesmerizing new diversions to innovative ways to present information and content to 100 percent Bar pass rates. But AR, as happens with many novel entertainment technologies, also has run smack into legal reality. (more…)