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16 Aug 2015
by David Jannetta
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News Corp CEO Criticizes Google for Piracy

News Corp CEO Criticizes Google for Piracy

Speaking at a Lowery Institute Media Awards event this week, News Corp CEO Robert Thomson lashed out at Google, among others, accusing it of “piracy, zealotry and kleptocracy” for not properly recognizing nor compensating for well-resourced reporting.

Of course, pirating news stories is just part of the growing problem of IP theft and abuse online and in the mobile marketplaces. We continue to be astounded at the depth and breadth of piracy we see in the myriad of u-marketplaces- including Google Play, iTunes, Samsung App Store, and Windows Phone Store as well as hard goods sites such as Redbubble and Etsy. […]

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09 Aug 2015
by David Jannetta
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Researchers and Fraudsters can Take Control of Android Phones

Researchers and Fraudsters can Take Control of Android Phones

With the close of the Black Hat USA 2015 InfoSec conference this week, we are able to pass along a presentation by Check Point researchers that demonstrates extreme vulnerabilities in millions of Android devices.

These vulnerabilities “…allow malicious applications to gain unrestricted access to a device silently, elevating their privileges to allow access to the user data and perform a variety of actions usually only available to the device owner.”

Both Google and Samsung urged Android users to get their apps from reliable sources. A Google spokesman told Engadget “we strongly encourage users to install applications from a trusted source, such as Google Play.”

Of course, anyone who reads this blog regularly knows that there are a large number of counterfeit apps in Google Play as well as all of the app stores. […]

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03 Aug 2015
by iplassomain
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Etsy Updates Policies to Aid IP Owners

Etsy Updates Policies to Aid IP Owners

This week Etsy announced reforms to their legal policies, streamlining agreements between sellers, and adding a dedicated IP infringement web form.

The updates come after an analyst report indicated that a large portion of Etsy goods infringe on other’s Intellectual Property.

Etsy’s new infringement portal is a step in the right direction for Etsy, allowing rights holders to better manage infringing content on the site.

IP Lasso continually monitors these marketplace changes, and we are constantly updating our systems, allowing our clients to protect their brands in the most efficient and effective manner possible. […]

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20 Jul 2015
by Peter Gordon
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Microsoft Universal App Store Unveiled

Microsoft Universal App Store Unveiled

In February we did a blog post discussing Microsoft’s decision to allow Xbox One units to be turned into developer kits, thereby encouraging developers to bring a large influx of apps to the platform. This was part of the company’s preparation for the release of Windows 10, which will bring the separate Windows Phone, Windows 8, and Xbox One platforms together under one roof.

Microsoft has now officially opened its universal app store, a first step in combining all of these platforms. CNet reports that with universal apps, “Windows developers can create an app once using the same core programming code and then simply tweak the app to run on PC’s, tablets and phones.”

In theory this move will allow users a greater variety and number of apps, regardless of the device they use.  […]

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27 Jun 2015
by David Jannetta
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IT’S TIME TO CLEAN UP WATCH FACES

IT’S TIME TO CLEAN UP WATCH FACES

Google announced in December the release of its official Android Wear Watch Face API for developers. Their stated aim was to “give users even more ways to express their personal style, while creating an opportunity for developers to customize the most prominent UI feature of the watches.”

This week Google released its first batch of new watch faces, including many famous brands such as Angry Birds, Terminator Genisys, and the much loved and long anticipated Hello Kitty official watch face.

Of course, as with most popular brands, knock-off versions of these watch faces have already been available for some time. […]

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19 Jun 2015
by Reggie Pierce
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IP LASSO at E3: The Rise of Mobile Gaming

IP LASSO at E3: The Rise of Mobile Gaming

We had the opportunity this week to visit E3 in LA, meeting with clients and trying to get a read on the growth of the industry.

The most striking development we saw was the enormous presence of mobile games at the show, most likely the biggest mobile showing ever for E3.  Bethesda kicked off the mobile fanfare by releasing a new companion app for Fallout 4, titled Fallout Shelter. The announcement was so popular that Fallout Shelter displaced Candy Crush as the number one app on the Apple app store. […]

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12 Jun 2015
by David Jannetta
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Etsy Stock Stumbles on Counterfeit Goods Report

Etsy Stock Stumbles on Counterfeit Goods Report

Investor Community Beware!

A blog published by the World Trademark Review a few weeks ago highlighted the dangers, and the costs, companies face if they ignore counterfeiters trying to take advantage of their app or marketplace.

In this case, the author details an analyst report conducted by the investment firm Wedbush which did research into the online marketplace Etsy. The report “issued a stark warning about the large proportion of potentially infringing items being sold on the site, causing the stock to plummet.”

Wedbush claims that up to 2 million items being sold on Etsy are potentially counterfeit or infringing of copyright or trademark rights. […]

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28 May 2015
by David Jannetta
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Millions Of Minecraft Fans Under Threat From Fake Android Apps

Millions Of Minecraft Fans Under Threat From Fake Android Apps

Up to three million Minecraft fans could be at risk after 33 fake cheats apps were found to be available for download on the Google Play store.

The Business Reporter ran this headline on an article this week that highlights the dangers of innocent looking “cheats” apps. Clearly mobile malware developers continue to try to exploit mobile devices as a weak link in the security chain.

The article notes: “The ‘scareware’ software, discovered by ESET, displayed banners telling users their devices were infected with a ‘dangerous virus’ and fooled users into taking out a subscription to a premium text service, which would cost them €4.80 per week. […]

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18 May 2015
by David Jannetta
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Subpeona Filed Over Fake Five Nights At Freddy’s App

Subpeona Filed Over Fake Five Nights At Freddy’s App

Geek Shack reported last week that Five Nights At Freddy’s game creator Scott Cawthon took legal action to force Apple to identify an app developer who posted a clone game in Apple’s App Store.

The developer, “Lazada Polodi” apparently copied the first Freddy’s game, charged $9.99 for it, and made quite a bit of money before it was pulled.

The article notes: “Whoever was in charge of the App Store’s review team must have been asleep when this was uploaded. Apple can choose to challenge the subpoena, though it seems unlikely. […]

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11 May 2015
by David Jannetta
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GOOGLE TO ALLOW ANDROID USERS MORE PRIVACY CONTROLS

GOOGLE TO ALLOW ANDROID USERS MORE PRIVACY CONTROLS

We’ve often discussed our concerns about the large number of app permissions often required by developers – frequently with incredulously invasive permissions which have no relationship to the app – such as the flashlight app that requires access to contacts and calendar!

Now Bloomberg reports that Google will provide Android users with options to select which information on the device an app can access.  This can go a long way to help users gain more control over who can access their private information.

According to article, Google is adding features to its mobile services as it seeks to attract users who increasingly are going online via their wireless gadgets. […]

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