Munger, Tolles & Olson attorney Jonathan H. Blavin explored the legal climate surrounding the issue of mobile app piracy in an article titled “Piracy in Mobile App Space – a Sign of Success?” published April 17, 2014, by the Daily Journal.
According to Mr. Blavin, “unlike the traditional large corporate targets of pirates, app developers are not always the Apples and Facebooks of the world, and in many instances are individuals or companies that do not have the resources to pursue piracy,” largely placing the burden of addressing app piracy on big-name companies that run legitimate app stores such as Apple and Google.
In addition to enhancing non-legal measures such as improving technical security to protect app developers and prevent piracy, Mr. Blavin asserted that “the law will increasingly play a role in confronting app piracy – though to date has done so with mixed results.”
Mr. Blavin is a litigator with substantial experience in high-technology intellectual property disputes, and Internet and privacy-related litigation involving the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. He has litigated federal antitrust actions, consumer class actions in the wireless and telecommunications areas and constitutional matters.