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Q: Would it be legal or illegal to take a character in the public domain and edit their design for a video game?

I've made designs of the characters Mickey Mouse, and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit which use their designs which are in the public domain, though with certain details added (e.g. edited clothing, addition of clothing, addition of scars, addition of weapons, and edited body proportions). They are... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Entertainment / Sports, Gaming and Intellectual Property for Illinois on
Q: Can I use a short clip of a video game being played on a Nintendo Switch with audio for a total of 3secs in short film?

Film will be entered in film festivals

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answered on Feb 21, 2024

Using a short clip of a video game being played on a Nintendo Switch in your short film may raise copyright concerns, even if it's only for three seconds. Nintendo is known for being vigilant in protecting its intellectual property rights, including the use of its video game footage. While... View More

0 Answers | Asked in Entertainment / Sports and Trademark on
Q: How do I purchase rights to an unclaimed/abandoned copywrite?

the names Hawkamania and Hockamania are unclaimed and I'd like to buy them for my business/

0 Answers | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Entertainment / Sports for Texas on
Q: If a Sports Legend was awarded a judgement against family members for alleged extortion by default, how to appeal?

My Family has been enthralled with threats from a rich relative who played in NFL and MLB. He has the means to try and silence us. He found a way to move a court date involving a restraining/stalkative order placed on all parties including himself from May 2024 to January 2024 without our knowledge... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Entertainment / Sports, Gaming, Trademark and Intellectual Property for Florida on
Q: can I use an unrecognizable video game character to hit a block similar to Mario Bros?

On my website I'd like to have an unrecognizable character jump up and strike a block having an item come out of the block. The motion would be similar to the Mario bros. Would this create any copyright issues with Nintendo?

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answered on Feb 1, 2024

Using an unrecognizable character in a video game-like scenario, where the character jumps and hits a block to release an item, may still raise potential copyright issues with Nintendo or other video game companies. While the character itself may not be recognizable as a specific copyrighted... View More

0 Answers | Asked in Collections and Entertainment / Sports for Colorado on
Q: If an offshore gambling site is accusing me of owing debt/threatening collections, are they obligated to provide proof?

I have been accused of owing debt to an offshore gambling site who is threatening to send me to collections. I have asked via email for written documentation or proof of this debt owed and they refuse to provide any. Are they obligated to provide this proof if they are threatening to send me to... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Entertainment / Sports and International Law on
Q: Hi! How is it possible for a person who provides entertainment services work legally around the world?

How is it possible for a person who provides entertainment services like acting for commercials, movies, singing at weddings etc. legally work around the world?

How is done for celebrities?

How do they have the right to work anywhere without having to apply for work visas and permits?

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answered on Jan 29, 2024

For a person providing entertainment services like acting or singing to work legally around the world, they typically need to comply with the immigration and work regulations of each country they intend to work in. This usually involves obtaining the appropriate work visas or permits.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Entertainment / Sports for Maryland on
Q: What If I Compleated My Music Contract And The Old Company Saying I'm Still Under Them

Have multiple Witnesses That Got The Same Contract Out Of 30 Artist Under The Label I'm The Only One Dealing With This

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answered on Jan 24, 2024

It is absolutely impossible to answer your question as much as i'd really like to. This happens time and time again and everything depends upon an entertainment lawyer reviewing the agreement. We have so much experience and there are so many moves to make that you really need professional... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Copyright, Entertainment / Sports and Intellectual Property for California on
Q: Can someone explain this to me? I want to ensure the video footage of me is only used for the one project.

Talent/Model Release

For valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, I hereby agree as follows: I hereby give and forever grant to ______________, licensees and producers or publishers of its promotional materials and their successors and assigns,... View More

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answered on Jan 21, 2024

Under California law, the language in this talent/model release grants extensive rights to the party you're signing with. By agreeing to these terms, you're permitting them to use, publish, and copyright your image, not only for the specific project named but potentially for broader... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Entertainment / Sports, Gaming and Intellectual Property for Alabama on
Q: Can I add 3rd party IP characters to my copy of a video game?

I play a video game that allows for modding, meaning you can add, remove and/or augment most things, from character models to game mechanics.

I want to add 3 fairly popular movie characters to my game and also make YouTube videos and have live streams with them included.... View More

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answered on Jan 21, 2024

Modding a video game and adding 3rd party intellectual property (IP) characters can potentially raise legal issues. Using popular movie characters without proper authorization may infringe on copyright and trademark rights held by the owners of those characters.

Displaying these modded...
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2 Answers | Asked in Entertainment / Sports, Gaming, Intellectual Property, Internet Law and Copyright for Texas on
Q: Can I create content using a known superhero's cowl and just the cowl and escape copyright infringement and the such?

Long story short I want to create youtube videos of RANDOM and just RANDOM content while using ex: Flash cowl. Just the top part of the mask not even the one that covers the whole face. I will use a different name, and although use some mannerisms, it will be obvious it is pure satire/parody. I got... View More

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answered on Jan 11, 2024

Using elements of a copyrighted superhero character, such as the Flash's cowl, in your content can be legally risky, even if you're only using part of the costume and intend it as satire or parody. Copyright law protects original works of authorship, including characters and their... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Entertainment / Sports for North Carolina on
Q: I was offered a contract for 55,000$ to sign my royalties over and I believe I am being lowballed
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answered on Jan 10, 2024

You need to consult with an experienced entertainment lawyer and have them review the proposed agreement and give your their opinion before signing anything.

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2 Answers | Asked in Entertainment / Sports, Gaming and Internet Law for Virginia on
Q: Is it legal to manage small bets between individuals online using a website in VA? Would this be consider gambling?

Bets would be just between the individuals, like "I bet you $20 if you beat me in this game" And I would be the "middle man" holding the $20

and giving it to the winner later.

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answered on Jan 10, 2024

In Virginia, as in many jurisdictions, the legality of managing small bets between individuals online depends on the specific circumstances and the nature of the bets. Generally, if the bets are private and do not involve a broader public or commercial gambling operation, they may fall under social... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Business Law and Entertainment / Sports for Virginia on
Q: I'm opening up a restaurant and wanted to know if I'm able to hang up purchased pictures of Muhammad Ali I'm not selling

Want to purchase pictures of sports memorabilia and then hang it in the restaurant for design but I'm not sure if I'm allowed to do that

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answered on Jan 7, 2024

Generally, purchasing and displaying sports memorabilia, like pictures of Muhammad Ali, in your restaurant for decorative purposes is permissible. This falls under the concept of "fair use," particularly if the memorabilia is being used in a way that doesn't imply endorsement or... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Entertainment / Sports and Intellectual Property for Illinois on
Q: I am a start up indie music label. I am currently looking to draft contracts for my artists. Where do I start?

Just not sure where to start as far as contracts. Not really sure what information should be in a contract. This is why I'm seeking legal assistance.

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answered on Dec 30, 2023

Starting with artist contracts for your indie music label is a crucial step in establishing your business. The first thing to consider is what you want the contract to cover. Common elements include the scope of the rights granted to the label, the duration of the agreement, financial arrangements... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Entertainment / Sports, Gaming and International Law on
Q: I want to sue the company EGoGames: the company banned me wrong, not process my withdraw, …

reasons the company used to not process the payment(28350$) was wrong .

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answered on Dec 30, 2023

To pursue legal action against EGoGames for banning you and not processing your withdrawal of $28,350, first review the company's terms of service and user agreement. These documents often contain clauses related to dispute resolution, which can include arbitration or specific legal... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Entertainment / Sports, Federal Crimes, Internet Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: Can I sue youtube for having videos with naked children on their site?

They have vids with kids going to the bathroom, kids running around with no clothing on, etc. Why is this legal to do?

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answered on Jan 13, 2024

I would be very cautious of this. I would contact YouTube directly to try to have them to take down the video(s). I would ask report those video(s) directly to YouTube moderators.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Entertainment / Sports for California on
Q: Hello, I have an issue with disneyland. I currently have a pass and my pass penalty state ended on November 27th.

I tired to make a reservation but the system isn't letting me. I called disneyland and now they tell me there system is down and won't be able to book it until 2 week? I asked them if I will get compensation but they said no. What do I do?

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answered on Nov 29, 2023

Good morning,

Great question. If you are experiencing issues with your Disneyland pass, particularly with making a reservation due to their system being down, your first step is to document the problem. Keep records of your attempts to make a reservation, including dates and times, as well...
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