A proposed settlement filed last week could give homeowners control over whether Pokémon Go s augmented reality attractions show up in and around their property.
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These lawsuits were summed up in a class action lawsuit in August, and after being ruled by the courts for years (and following a petition for refusal), this class action lawsuit is now close to a settlement. A proposal that the plaintiffs filed in the district court last week (as noted by The Hollywood Reporter ) describes a number of possibilities that Niantic apparently plans to solve.
Homeowners Will Be Able to Use the Proposed Settlement Use a web form to complain about any "points of interest" (such as pokéstops and gyms) that are within 40 yards of their home Detached house are located. Niantic claims to acknowledge such complaints by removing the POI within 15 days, and will maintain a database to ensure that no new POIs get there.
Public parks may also require that POIs be inaccessible outside their area. This park has booked operating hours. And Niantic says that new POIs are being reviewed "primarily to prevent POIs from causing problems with harassment or abuse." New warnings in the game will also instruct the players to be polite during the game "members of real communities".
The plaintiffs named in the lawsuit could receive up to $ 1,000 under the settlement, while Niantic would be on the hook as well. Attorney's fees exceeded $ 8 million.
Although the ruling still needs to be approved by a judge, this seems likely to put an end to a critical conflict between the real and virtual worlds. However, without a court ruling on the matter, the case will not necessarily create a legal precedent for future situations in which location-based apps affect real space.