I've enjoyed occupying the "AR Lawyer" niche for the past several years. My first piece on augmented reality law was published in 2007. I launched the Augmented Legality® portion of this blog in January 2011, where I've addressed the subject regularly ever since. On top of that have been dozens of articles, interviews, and public presentations.
It's not me; augmented reality technology sells itself, and occupation naturally leads me to view it from a legal perspective. To date, almost no one else has been talking about this aspect of AR, but I always knew that others would join the conversation once AR began to enter the mainstream.
Well, it looks like that's beginning to happen. Leaving aside the deluge of recent headlines that boil down to "Let's hate on Google Glass, Because Privacy," there have started to emerge interesting, critical analyses from other professionals on the legal issues raised by augmented reality. To them all, I say, welcome. The world needs more of you.
Here's a sampling:
- From the Mixed Reality Blog: "Legal Aspects of Augmented Reality: Projecting False Images, Privacy, Data Protection"
- From ScribeMedia.Org: "Augmented Reality Legal Issues," an interview with my co-panelist from AWE2013, Ben Esplin of the Pillsbury Law Firm
- From the Reinvent Law Channel: "Andy Ninh: Augmented Reality and On-Demand Legal Services"
- From WebLaw: "Legal issues around Google Glass and other Augmented Reality," by Simon Halberstam
- From the American Association of Law Libraries: "Bringing Augmented Reality to the Academic Law Library"
- From Colorado Law School: Professor Scott Peppet on "Augmented Reality & Freedom of Contract" (see also Prof. Peppet's article in the UCLA Law Review)
- From Electronic Data Records Law Blog: "Augmented Reality Property Protection"
- From BowTieLaw.com: "Augmented Reality & Computer Forensics"
- From Amazon.com: "Police and Augmented Reality Technology"
- From the Juniper Research Blog: "Augmented Reality on the mobile – a legal minefield?"
And of course, this post would not be complete without acknowledging Joe Rampolla's groundbreaking work at AR Dirt, home of the very first podcast on augmented reality. As a full-time policeman, Joe brings a first-person perspective to augmented reality legal issues, especially from a criminal perspective.