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political August 13th, 2016 3:00am

A Canadian woman is suing Pokemon Go because her house is surrounded by Pokemon Go players. Due to her home being designated as a "gym" on the game, players have tried to climb over her fence and fly drones on her property. Legitimate law suit?

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XercesBlue ...
08/15/16 9:36 pm

She can call or request it to be moved. If she did that and it is pending or otherwise stuck and not getting removed, then sure..

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XercesBlue ...
08/15/16 9:37 pm

The only people here who have gyms in their yards are the ones that put up a ridiculous amount of garden "art"..

XercesBlue ...
08/15/16 9:42 pm

I'm sympathetic as it should be no more than a pokestop, but not too sympathetic because they made their house a public stop by putting garden art only over their wall facing the streets (obviously finding joy in others seeing it). Pokemon go highlights these types of places as they are places you likely wouldn't stumble upon otherwise..

MadCow True GOP
08/14/16 11:56 pm

Stupid lawsuit. It's what's killing America.

bluerum29 optimistic idealist
08/14/16 7:31 am

I don't get how the game works and I'm not a fan of lawsuits, but that sure as hell sounds legit to me. Get the fuck of my lawn kids.

gameplayer2014 Constipated Clefable
08/15/16 2:08 pm

They'll get lost when you pull a sniper rifle out capable of removing limbs and point it at they heads. Hue hue hue.

F1Dan Parked in your spot
08/14/16 6:46 am

Build a fence, charge $5 to use the gym.

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prallen Property and order
08/13/16 4:35 pm

Everyone who says no should have their house, preferably the bathroom of their home, become a gym location.

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dfish at home
08/13/16 12:37 pm

Wtf how is a drone gonna help someone playing Pokemon go???
All these anti PG stories are really just trying to cash in on the sensationalism of the app

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Vayl Reason over common sense
08/13/16 9:56 pm

People have used drones to carry their phones around so that they can sit at home and play pokemon go on their computer without having to actually go outside and do anything.

rons WOKE is sick
08/13/16 7:17 am

Who are these dopes that would play that?

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ladyniner81 no hope for humanity
08/13/16 6:37 am

People walking off cliffs, driving into trees, walking on people's lawns over some video character? Damn this country done gone stupid. Bad grammar intended.

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gameplayer2014 Constipated Clefable
08/15/16 2:10 pm

I say it's nature killing off those who shouldn't exist. It failed one time when a teen got hit by a truck and blamed it on the app. They're supposedly suing for $100k. Or something outrageously high. Rumors state that they have like 5 lawyers. Dunno about the lawyer thing but the suit I believe.

XercesBlue ...
08/15/16 9:39 pm

There has been a lot of good results too. Just depends on what you want to see.

cowboy Doors of Perception
08/13/16 5:16 am

Grab a gun. Duh... πŸ™„

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missmorganmarie ...
08/13/16 1:54 am

πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ ohh man

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Krystina Let Freedom Reign
08/13/16 1:18 am

To my knowledge, they have not broken a law and I also I don't believe manufacturers should be legally liable for the behaviors of others. But, this shouldn't even be an issue. If for no other reason than good PR, these Pokemon creators should have a way to very quickly verify reports of residences and then to turn off a site the moment it's verified as someone's home.

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dfish at home
08/13/16 12:38 pm

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bman4jets
08/13/16 12:37 am

Why not put up signs and prosecute the ppl trespassing

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4boot LaTrineodeur, MN
08/12/16 8:58 pm

If the Pokeaholes try that shit on my property...well it won't be pretty.

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TengoHambre
08/13/16 4:58 am

What are you going to do shoot a bunch of kids playing a harmless game?

ladyniner81 no hope for humanity
08/13/16 6:38 am

If they're trespassing? I'm calling the cops.

TengoHambre
08/13/16 7:30 am

That's an acceptable response.

OldLady
08/13/16 8:00 am

My Dobermans don't take kindly to people trespassing.

ThinkAboutIt Staten Island, NY
08/12/16 8:58 pm

It's all Ingress players faults for submitting ridiculous portals and Niantic employees for accepting.

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gameplayer2014 Constipated Clefable
08/15/16 2:12 pm

I read that somewhere too. That's why they shut the suggestions down.

ThinkAboutIt Staten Island, NY
08/15/16 2:14 pm

Yea they stopped accepting new submissions around early Spring I believe because they were overwhelmed with submissions and took forever for them to get back with either an accepted or rejected submission.

RoDe Latinus wordsus
08/12/16 8:21 pm

Haha all I know is don't try that shit in Texas! I don't know enough about the mechanics of the game to have really any idea if Nintendo bears any culpability, but like others have said, the trespassers do.

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swervin Maryland
08/12/16 8:24 pm

It's not Nintendo, it's Niantic...

susanr Colorado
08/12/16 8:14 pm

How does a place get designated a gym, or whatever? And why can't, or won't, Nintendo de-designate them? (Speaking from total ignorance of the game.)

I would think that as popular as the game has become, those two things would need to be easily and reliably manipulated to the desire of *any* individual or organization. (I know some that have welcomed it.)

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political Georgia
08/12/16 8:15 pm

Yeah...that's my biggest question. Who comes up with these so called "gyms"?

corino Utah
08/12/16 8:15 pm

There's a form you can fill out to request a gym, likewise a form to request one be removed. When the game was first released the forms were not yet in place and the company was kind of victims of their own success.

sea California
08/12/16 8:19 pm

It's probably random. There are gyms everywhere.

corino Utah
08/12/16 8:20 pm

She probably has a neat looking house that is sort of a local landmark.

political Georgia
08/12/16 8:21 pm

That's unfair if the game randomly places gym throughout the world.

MrMilkdud
08/12/16 8:22 pm

What it a gym?

MrMilkdud
08/12/16 8:23 pm

Actually, nevermind. I don't want to fill my brain with pokenonsense.

swervin Maryland
08/12/16 8:23 pm

It has nothing to do with Nintendo. The Pokemon company is 1/3 owned by Nintendo, 1/3 by Game Freak, and 1/3 by Creatures. Niantic, the company that created the game, is simply using the Pokemon license.

political Georgia
08/12/16 8:24 pm

A gym is where 40 year olds who live in their mother's basements come out of hiding and compete against college aged potheads to determine who has the bravest Pokemon characters.

sea California
08/12/16 8:24 pm

Haha the gyms are where you fight other people with your Pokemon. The other type of location is the pokestop where you pick up supplies.

susanr Colorado
08/12/16 8:27 pm

Sorry; Niantic, I guess (according to the article). I must have misread. As I said, I know almost nothing about the game, but I could have processed the info better!

political Georgia
08/12/16 8:27 pm

That's beyond stupid. No wonder America is losing.

susanr Colorado
08/12/16 8:34 pm

Hey, if 20-year-olds are leaving their parents' basements and 40-year-olds and 85-year-olds are going for long walks and all of them are talking to each other about something other than emails and Trump (which is the impression I've gotten) it could be A Good Thing.

If they're Pokemoning while driving and walking off cliffs and trespassing, though, it's not a heck of a lot better.

swervin Maryland
08/12/16 8:34 pm

I didn't read the article, I just know quite a bit about company. Nintendo stock skyrocketed when it first came out because many people thought the same thing.

political Georgia
08/12/16 8:35 pm

Don't set the bar so low, Susan! ☺️

susanr Colorado
08/12/16 8:35 pm

I remember that (now)!

susanr Colorado
08/12/16 8:38 pm

I actually have heard some nice local-interest stories about good interactions between people of sorts that usually don't happen much, around here - and this is already a good kind of place for different kinds of people interacting. But I've heard it about other areas too.

political Georgia
08/12/16 8:41 pm

I've heard about people using the game to engage in criminal activity in my area.

susanr Colorado
08/12/16 8:42 pm

I've heard a *little* about that. Not around here. Yet.

corino Utah
08/12/16 8:13 pm

The game contains warnings not to do stuff like that. She can also request the gym be removed.

support.pokemongo.nianticlabs.com/hc/en-us/requests/new?ticket_form_id=341148

I'm not a lawyer, but she could sure save herself a lot of money on litigation she won't win.
The trespassers, harassers, and drone flyers. She can sue the crap out of.

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political Georgia
08/12/16 8:15 pm

She says that she wrote a letter to the creator, but the problem still remains.

corino Utah
08/12/16 8:35 pm

Game has only been out a few weeks. And they've been busy with more important requests like the Holocaust Museum with the same problem.

osouless Whats Next
08/12/16 8:12 pm

No. She doesn't have a case. When the game loads up it says "Don't Trespass while playing Pokemon GO"

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political Georgia
08/12/16 8:14 pm

Does she have a reasonable complaint since people are always outside her gate playing the game at all times of the night?

corino Utah
08/12/16 8:19 pm

It is a city sidewalk. I don't think you have much leeway to kick people out of the public space no matter what time it is. Unless there's a nuisance law, those can be loopholed to do almost anything you need.

shoeless Texas
08/12/16 8:25 pm

I'm not familiar with Canadian law, but if any part of the game is on her property, she has a very valid claim. The game warning and disclosures have no impact on her or her property, unless she specifically waived any future claims. Pokemon and the trespassers are liable. A person's home is private property. She could also file a complaint with the city, even if people are staying on public property as a nuisance. The city could control the problem or petition the maker to change the locations, especially out of residential areas. In the US this woman would prevail and relieve damages, depending on the severity of the harassment.

corino Utah
08/12/16 8:27 pm

The game isn't on her property, at least not in the traditional sense. There are game pieces on a computer that are awarded based on being near the gps coordinates of her property.

MJSeals J.D.
08/12/16 8:32 pm

She probably wouldn't win in the US either. Against the company she has no suit. As for the individual players, she can sue for trespassing. Especially because they players have been Warned prior to use that they are not allowed to trespass. Although monetary victory is not likely, she will likely succeeded in having her house eliminated as a Pokestops/gym.

corino Utah
08/12/16 8:38 pm

And the jury will totally be full of old people who have no patience for there were invisible digital monsters used for cock fighting as a viable defense for trespassing.

shoeless Texas
08/12/16 10:01 pm

Since I work in litigation every day, I think is fair to say she would likely prevail against the game developer, given that they ultimately control the location of the objects to be located within the game. Ultimately, they have the liability and responsibility for the game players, with or without the player warning. Strictly on the location where players are driven to play.

MrMilkdud
08/12/16 8:09 pm

Against the players, definitely.
Maybe not against Nintendo because all they did was identify her gps coordinates, they didn't advise anyone to do stupid things.

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political Georgia
08/12/16 8:13 pm

How are those "gyms" established?

MrMilkdud
08/12/16 8:17 pm

How would I know? Do I look like someone who lives in his mom's basement?

political Georgia
08/12/16 8:17 pm

I didn't know if you were a monster catcher or not.

MrMilkdud
08/12/16 8:18 pm

That's pretty insulting

political Georgia
08/12/16 8:19 pm

Haha! People have gone insane with that game.

MrMilkdud
08/12/16 8:20 pm

My kids don't even know it exists. I'm not looking forward to my oldest hearing about it once school starts.

political Georgia
08/12/16 8:22 pm

Does she have a phone? If so, don't let her download it. It probably does more brain damage than drugs.

MrMilkdud
08/12/16 8:24 pm

No, of course they don't have phones. And if I do find that she needs a phone at some point it will be an old style flip phone, with no internet access.

MrMilkdud
08/12/16 8:25 pm

We have extra iPads and iPods they can use and even play some games on when we see fit, but the kids don't personally own anything like that.

political Georgia
08/12/16 8:25 pm

That was identical to my childhood!

MrMilkdud
08/12/16 8:27 pm

When did you get your first smartphone?

MrMilkdud
08/12/16 8:46 pm

That sounds about right. Although a lot of the grade schools around here, including ours. are requiring them for school. I'm all set up for a secondary wifi network in the house for the kids that blocks 99% of the Internet.

MrMilkdud
08/12/16 8:48 pm

Not phones, but iPads and things like that.

political Georgia
08/12/16 8:55 pm

Well, I guess it's good that schools are incorporating technology. There are just a lot of bad things out there on the Internet.

EarlyBird Portland
08/12/16 9:15 pm

Um, what's wrong with living in my moms basement?

screename1 Alaska
08/12/16 9:37 pm

Haha! EB.... Always getting offended by that statement!

EarlyBird Portland
08/12/16 9:38 pm

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EarlyBird Portland
08/12/16 9:38 pm

With my car. Lol

screename1 Alaska
08/13/16 4:57 am

Shouldn't you have at least 6 of them to fit the stereotype?

Vayl Reason over common sense
08/13/16 9:14 pm

"Does she have a phone? If so, don't let her download it. It probably does more brain damage than drugs."
Jesus Christ. I sincerely hope you're not serious.

political Georgia
08/13/16 9:30 pm

I'll let you figure that out.

Liberty 4,032,064
08/12/16 8:05 pm

I would say yes, and she should press criminal charges against the trespassers if they survived.

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augustin Oklahoma
08/12/16 8:05 pm

Yes. And why would anyone ever climb a fence around someone's house for a stupid game? I honestly don't get it.

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political Georgia
08/12/16 8:06 pm

Some people rather live in a fantasy world than reality.

augustin Oklahoma
08/12/16 8:38 pm

That pretty well covers it. I don't like being detached from reality. I guess others are different.