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08 May 2013
by James Westhafer
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Protecting Your Brand in the Age of Apps

Protecting Your Brand in the Age of Apps

Our increasingly mobile society relies heavily on smartphones, tablets and the availability of apps from the major online marketplaces. Some developers have taken this opportunity to turn a quick profit by using images, video, sounds and other media content of recognizable brands to promote their own mobile app. These apps result in lost revenue and present a privacy risk for some of the world’s most recognizable companies.

As Michael Graham points out in his articleProtecting Copyrighted Works in the Mobile App Space, well-known content creators like Pepsi Co. and Porsche must make a concerted effort to protect their intellectual property on mobile app marketplaces. […]

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26 Apr 2013
by Reggie Pierce
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Nintendo Knock-off is Major Rip-off

Nintendo Knock-off is Major Rip-off

A deceitful app developer is using Nintendo content to scam kids

Yesterday, IGN.com released this humorous video reviewing an app they call “iPhone Garbage”. A few minutes into their demo of this seemingly harmless mobile game, the folks at IGN were asking, “where are the app police?”

At first glance, the app in question appears to be a legitimate, licensed product from Nintendo. Both the title of the app, “Super Monster Bros by by Adventure Time Pocket Free Games”, and the characters in the app are strikingly similar to Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros and Pokemon franchises. […]

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12 Mar 2013
by Reggie Pierce
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Trademark Event Probes New “Appmosphere”

Trademark Event Probes New “Appmosphere”

In Philadelphia last week, more than 150 executives came together to discuss the changing digital landscape and its impact on trademarks and copyrights at the International Trademark Association (INTA) Meeting. Executives in attendance represented some of the most influential brands and law firms from around the world, covering everything from domain names to mobile apps.

As brands push to become ubiquitous across screens and machines, they are finding it difficult to preserve their reputation on maturing platforms like mobile. Some marketers and attorneys even question whether or not apps are just a fad, a comment I actually heard quite frequently in between seminars at INTA. […]

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01 Mar 2013
by David Jannetta
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Apps collect revenue and private information using unlicensed Hollywood content

Apps collect revenue and private information using unlicensed Hollywood content

Reuters published a story today exposing highly suspicious mobile apps related to the movie industry.

Using IP Lasso’s AppGuard across various app stores, IP Lasso found that 90% of apps mentioning the Oscars® or the Academy Awards® were suspect and were either infringing on copyrights or flagrantly violating consumer privacy, or in most cases, both. These rouge apps are becoming a growing concern as many of them are deceiving consumers with unauthorized copyrighted material while damaging the credibility of branded entertainment, and ultimately violating consumers’ private data by requesting unnecessary access to contacts, camera, and even exact GPS coordinates stored on smartphones and tablets. […]

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01 Feb 2013
by Reggie Pierce
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IP Lasso Responds To FTC Report on Mobile Privacy And Enforcement Action

Applauds Enforcement of Consumer Privacy and Mobile Transparency

Today’s enforcement from the FTC on mobile privacy is the first major step from a government entity to address neglectful and malicious practices that compromise consumer privacy in the mobile app world.
Washington, DC (PRWEB) February 01, 2013

IP Lasso, a startup which tracks and monitors apps across Facebook, Android, Google and Apple’s App Store, issues a statement in response to today’s Federal Trade Commission’s report on mobile privacy and enforcement action. Jon Leibowitz, FTC Chairman, announced today recommendations to Apple, Google and other app stores as well as to app developers in regards to mobile privacy for consumers including just-in-time disclosures before accessing sensitive information, do not track mechanism for smartphone, and full disclosure of use of private information collected from smartphones and tablets. […]

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31 Jan 2013
by David Jannetta
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The Hidden Plays Behind Many Super Bowl Apps

The Hidden Plays Behind Many Super Bowl Apps

As AdWeek reports, mobile apps for The Big Game lure consumers to gain access to their smartphones and tablets

We’re less than one week away from the big game on Sunday where the Baltimore Ravens will take on the San Francisco 49ers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Big Game is expected to attract about 80 to 90 million TV viewers, and is usually the most watched television program of the year. In fact, 2012’s Super Bowl XLVI holds the record for total number of U.S. viewers, attracting an average U.S. audience of over 111 million and an estimated total audience of nearly 167 million, making the game the most-viewed television broadcast of any kind in American history. […]

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15 Jan 2013
by Reggie Pierce
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Is the NRA Target Practice Game a Hoax? (Update: See Below)

Is the NRA Target Practice Game a Hoax? (Update: See Below)

[UPDATE: We were tipped off to a press release from Medl, dating February 2012, announcing an NRA sanctioned app. The app was scheduled to be released in the Spring of 2012. For reasons unknown to IP Lasso the app was delayed until January 13th 2013. We still question the inconsistencies below, and are awaiting an update from the National Rifle Association]

Many national news organizations ran with a story this morning condemning an official NRA shooting game app suitable for children– released on the one month anniversary of the Newtown CT school shootings. […]

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03 Jan 2013
by David Jannetta
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Enjoy the BCS game- but avoid penalties if you download apps for your favorite team

Enjoy the BCS game- but avoid penalties if you download apps for your favorite team

Loyal Crimson Tide and Fighting Irish fans aren’t the only ones looking forward to the BCS Championship Game on Monday night.

Fraudulent app developers are also anticipating the big game. We’ve been able to identify over 20 suspicious unlicensed apps for each of the national contenders. Industry research has shown that these knock-off apps illegally use brand names and trademarks to entice users to download apps and give permission to access users’ personal data, including contacts and text messages, GPS location, and other sensitive or confidential information. Any good referee would call unnecessary roughness on these permissions!

Illegal Procedure Call

Worse yet, many of these apps serve as Trojan horses (our apologies to USC fans) — serving up malware to the phone without the user ever knowing it. […]

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17 Dec 2012
by David Jannetta
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Kids’ Apps Aren’t the Only Concern

 

Would you give a company permission to access your phone’s camera and microphone at any point without you knowing it? This was agreed to over 2 billion times in our sample. How about access to everyone in your address book and the ability to contact them without your permission? This permission was agreed to over 400,000,000 times in our sample.

Last week we highlighted the FTC report focusing on 480 apps from Google Play that are marketed to children and contain permissions as far ranging as tracking the phone’s position and sending text messages from your phone without you knowing it. […]

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12 Dec 2012
by Reggie Pierce
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Kids’ apps that collect phone numbers: 82 million installs

The FTC’s recent report entitled “Mobile Apps for Kids: Disclosures Still Not Making the Grade” outlines privacy issues in the App Stores. Using the keyword “kids”, the FTC’s staff analyzed a set of 480 apps from the Google Play market. IP Lasso ran the same report and tallied the number of installs for these apps. The results are alarming:

Kids Search

The FTC’s report randomly analyzed a portion of the top 480 apps returned for the search query “kids” on the Google Play Market. IP Lasso took the FTC results a step further by analyzing all 480 apps. […]

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