November 26, 2017

VR and Franchise Law: Franchisee Emptor

One of the most interesting thing about the evolution of virtual reality is the constant, ongoing interaction between this rapidly-evolving technology and business. There isn’t any template for the development of the relationship, particularly not when it takes place at such high velocity. Often the result is conflict. A perfect example is the privacy and […]

May 7, 2017

A Deep Dive: Law, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

This is a sparring program, similar to the programmed reality of the Matrix. It has the same basic rules, rules like gravity. What you must learn is that these rules are no different that the rules of a computer system. Some of them can be bent. Others can be broken. Understand? -From the film The […]

March 2, 2017

Virtual Reality, Virtual Certification

There’s a fascinating short video about pretty much the exact opposite of augmented reality, which nevertheless, has an important message about the widespread impact of something that initially seems local. One of the markets where Augmented Reality technology has, to quote Steve Jobs, put a big ding in the universe, is aerospace. The implications, and […]

February 18, 2017

Club Penguin for Adults

On December 15, 2016, Oculus officially launched Oculus Rooms, the VR pioneer’s first move into social VR. Essentially, the idea is that you and your friend/acquaintances/enemies can gather together in a virtual space, and interact. Here’s the company’s somewhat breathless description of the whole idea: The first wave of VR was all about the magic […]

February 15, 2017

Taking Privacy and VR Seriously

They’re Watching You. Really. One of the most vital, yet elusive, legal issues surrounding VR is privacy. The concept has its roots in the oldest, most basic elements of American law. It’s enshrined, ultimately, in the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, which has been defined to include issues such as birth control, free speech, and […]

February 11, 2017

Squirtle Goes to Washington

Jefferson Smith: I-I-I don’t think I’ve ever been so thrilled in my whole life. And that Lincoln Memorial! Gee whiz. That Mr. Lincoln, there he is. He just lookin’ right straight at you as you come right up those steps. Just – just sitting there, like he was waiting for somebody to come along. Jimmy […]

December 20, 2016

VR and Mental Health

In drama, there’s this fascinating convention called The Fourth Wall. The Fourth Wall is the term used to describe the way in which the actors in a live theatrical performance pretend there’s an invisible wall between themselves and the audience. The audience can see through the pretend wall, and watch the players, but the players […]

November 15, 2016

VR, AR and Loading a C-5

One of the earliest, and most consistent users of virtual reality has been the military. In all kinds of military jobs, VR provides a way to enhance work to make it more accurate, more efficient, and less prone to costly mistakes. One example is the work of a “loadmaster”, the person responsible for loading, unloading […]

November 5, 2016

What Can You Legally Do With A Celebrity In VR?

When the first Harry Potter movie came out, Emma Watson, the actress who played Hermione Granger, looked like this: She was ten years old, and it was 1999. The final movie came out in 2010, and Watson was 20. She looked more like this: The internet being, ah, the Internet, apparently a considerable fan base […]

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