It's sad but I place my money on this being another one of those: "The lawyer took the opportunity to send out a letter and aggressively pursue rather than actually notifying the home company first". The lawyers at Pokemon probably just saw dollar signs like usual and went into attack mode without thinking (also like usual).
Now that it's making the new they're thinking "oh s**t, maybe we shouldn't have done this."
We'll probably hear later about how Pokemon quickly dropped the matter and states about how they encourage their fans to support their product.
As a school employee and a parent I'm on the fence about this. I wouldn't want my kids being shot at with a pellet gun while walking by someone's yard.
But... If they stayed to play then that would be their own stupidity and they'd get what they deserved. That's the kind of parent I am, if you continue to do something stupid then you live with the consequences.
The fact remains though that this was a police issue and had NOTHING to do with the school. They WAY over-stepped their bounds. If the police failed to act then it should have ended there.
Class action lawsuits will not disappear completely if people would not agree to TOS contracts forbidding them. Companies (smart companies, this may not include Sony) would catch on that including this bull was costing them money and customers and then they'd just concentrate on good service instead.
Playing games and having their PS3 is more important to most people. The toy they get to play with is more important than the possibly of getting to sue when everything goes south.
But sadly this won't happen. I never read TOS contracts so I can't blame anyone, but news articles like this alert myself and others to what Sony is trying to pull over on us. Most people will click "agree" and move on. I won't, I haven't bought a Sony product since my PS2 and I doubt I ever will again. There's too many reasons why to list here.
To everyone who's reading this story (on any news site, not just this one), you know what you're doing by agreeing to the terms and you know what the company's been capable of in the past so good luck.
I think that suing the fans is great! We should help Summit fight the idea that it's ok for a 106 year old man to sleep with a 16 year old high school girl.
Ok, my bias of how stupid Twilight really is aside:
I hope this kind of crap NEVER ends! It just means that smarter people who actually have good product value and are smart enough to not stab their fans will have all that much more "wiggle room" in the market and will be appreciated that much more.
My losses can't be measured in dollars. I've lost one relative to Alzheimer's and one to cancer. My fiance' lost her mother to cancer and father to heart disease (when she was only 13). My 8 year old daughter has suffered from type-1 diabetes since she was 5.
How many medicines and cures are being held up because of copyright bickering? I vaguely remember some articles on this site concerning that. I care not about the stealing of copyrighted material as much as copyright law being broken and holding up innovation.
This is what it's like to have a cop as a friend or relative. It's great when you need them but you don't want to be on the wrong side. A little "wink-wink" and buy him/her a beer and you have paperwork rushed through, a ticket torn up, or an enemy picked up on suspicion. I'm not knocking it because I have those friends but it does go to show that the "Buddy System" is still around. I'm still not condoning it though.
Luckily technology and the internet brings it to light easier. This story is a great example.