Following up on our introduction to Pokémon law two weeks ago, the Pokémon experts at Ex Libris Juris have a few more trainer tips about Pokémon Go:
- Pokémon Go creator Niantic Labs has created a webpage to request removal of specific Pokéstops or Gym locations (virtual zones that attract both Pokémon and their would-be captors to real-world coordinates). This Pokémon pest control is intended to alleviate the safety concerns, violation of private property rights, and even disrespect towards the fallen plaguing property owners (mis)fortunate to be adjacent to virtual Pokémon hot spots.
- Iran has become the first country to ban Pokémon Go after its High Council of Virtual Spaces announced the game represented a potential security threat. Meanwhile, New York has imposed a new condition for registered sex offenders on parole preventing them from playing Pokémon Go, as well as any other Internet games.
- A New Jersey attorney has filed a federal class action suit against Niantic Inc., Nintendo Co. Ltd., and The Pokémon Company for nuisance and unjust enrichment. The suit alleges that the virtual placement of Pokémon via GPS coordinates corresponding and/or adjacent to private property constitutes an invasion of one’s enjoyment and use of the land. The full complaint may be read online via the Wall Street Journal. The plaintiff is seeking damages as well as enjoining the defendants from continuing to populate private property with Pikachus and the like—relief that, if granted, would effectively put an end to all the Pokémon fun.