Entertainment / Sports Q&A by State

Your current state is Virginia


US Territories

  • Puerto Rico

Show More States »

Lawyers, Answer Questions  & Get Points Log In
Entertainment / Sports Questions & Answers
0 Answers | Asked in Business Formation and Entertainment / Sports for California on
Q: We are e-marketplace that connects student-athletes to users of our platform. We get a 15% fee their services provided.

Do we classify as an "athlete agent"? How do we protect ourselves from "Article 4 - Enforcement" Section 18897.8-18897.97? Any specifics would be greatly appreciated regarding filing expectations for our general partnership. We are very similar to the company Fiverr except with... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Products Liability and Entertainment / Sports for Georgia on
Q: Person pawns an ATV that has a lien against it, doesn't tell the pawn shop,

Pawn shop doesn't do a UCC search, who looses? Do both parties take a loss, for lack of due diligence?

0 Answers | Asked in Entertainment / Sports for Washington on
Q: I am still waiting for my payout from Playtika Settle! Was postponed until 6/11/2021 & I still haven't received a thing

I have contacted them at least 15 x's and get the same answer for months( a few more weeks) What can I do and can I also get interest? I want to do anything I can to them! They have screwed me with Downtown Vegas game and now my settlement monies!

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Entertainment / Sports for Virginia on
Q: I recently got a record deal for distribution through universal just wondering if someone could look over it for me
Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger answered on Aug 28, 2021

Sure. If you email it to me, I can take a quick look to give you a quote to review in full.

0 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Entertainment / Sports for Florida on
Q: Producer flew my minor child out of state without my consent after telling ex no. What can I do to reprimand them?

My ex and my small claim case was picked by justice Judy. The producer called my sons school and gave an excuse for him to miss school and flew him to California without my consent

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Entertainment / Sports on
Q: Can i use screenshots of getty and Shutterstock for informative and educative fact videos on youtube?
Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Aug 14, 2021

I would not recommend that

They tend to chase people who use their content without permission

Consult with an attorney

2 Answers | Asked in Entertainment / Sports, Internet Law and Trademark on
Q: Under what agreement do I have to register my company which currently own a production company?

This company is mostly about making entertainments videos, movies,dramas,films and musics which is what I aim to achieve on this company. That is why i want to know how I can register it. At the moment we are screwed. The company has more than 44 new volunteer applicants.

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Aug 6, 2021

It is unclear what your question or need is.

You need the assistance of an attorney to identify your next steps.

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Entertainment / Sports and Intellectual Property for New York on
Q: Can I use the name of a fictional city from a movie in my book?

The name used in the movie is “Koriko” while I’ll use “Corico City”. The cities won’t be similar in any way. I wanted to use the name to pay homage to the movie, but am worried about copyright infringement. Thank you!

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Jul 12, 2021

Maybe.

Consult with an attorney to search for use of the name and whether there is any registration.

Best luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Entertainment / Sports for New York on
Q: Lost racket at sports club,found by employee, left in their office and then disappeared from there. Can I take action?

I left my racket at a sports club of which I wasn't a member. The coach picked it up and confirmed by email that he had it and had left it in his office. Then the COVID crisis hit so I was unable to visit the club to pick it up. The staff member was furloughed and never returned. Now the club... Read more »

Gregory J. Tarone
Gregory J. Tarone answered on Jul 10, 2021

Yes, you can bring an action for replevin to return your personal property to you. That email acknowledging possession is an indication of having possession of your chattel. Assuming the coach is an employee, the owner of the club is responsible also, so sue them both. If the racket is worth less... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Entertainment / Sports for California on
Q: Is it alright to use the Santa Cruz logo but change the name instead?
Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Jun 30, 2021

No

You must consult with an attorney to evaluate your options and risks

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright and Entertainment / Sports for California on
Q: What are my chances with an Incidental Fair Use Defense? and how much to Defend my rights?

I'm a journalist with a Youtube channel that covers local news at Venice Beach. I did a 30-minute story on the reopening of Venice Skate park and during the story, you can hear 60 seconds of incidental music playing in the background. I received a copyright notice from the music owner.... Read more »

Robert Philip Cogan
Robert Philip Cogan answered on May 24, 2021

Based on the limited set of facts, this appears to be worth looking into. We are not allowed to seek business through the Q&A. You need to look someone up in the Justia Lawyer Directory. However, I would note that I work with LA County and Ventura County.

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts and Entertainment / Sports for California on
Q: Do I need an entertainment lawyer or a business lawyer?

I have a lot of intellectual property claims I would like to file.

I have businesses I would like to create.

I would like to know the legalities of them.

I want to find someone who is willing to work for a percentage.

Julie King
Julie King answered on May 17, 2021

You would be best served hiring a law firm that has both intellectual property attorneys and business attorneys. If your business involves entertainment, then you may need an entertainment lawyer as well. But most business questions can be answered by a business attorney. Best wishes.

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Entertainment / Sports and Gaming for Minnesota on
Q: if copyrighted music is in a game, and you upload a video of the game with the music, is there copyright infringement

i had uploaded a video on youtube of beatsaber, in it there was copyrighted music, i got a claim from the music owners, i took the video down and deleted it, what can i do in the future to avoid copyright claims if there is copyrighted music in the game

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on May 12, 2021

Check with the music owner and see if they have distribution agreements.

You may be able to get some simple licensing to allow to do what you want.

Consult with an attorney for a better analysis.

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Copyright, Entertainment / Sports and Intellectual Property for Texas on
Q: In 2001 a well known music artist signed all his right away under duress. His life was threatened if he didn't sign.

Can he file suit since it was under duress? There is alot of money in royalties on the line

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on May 10, 2021

You definitely have to run very fast to talk to an attorney.

There may be some criminal issues as well.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Entertainment / Sports for California on
Q: I will be at the end of a 3 year employment contract in LA. I do not want to re-sign. Is unemployment available to me?

Unemployment during my search for a new gig. Also if they offer me a new deal and I decline is unemployment available.

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Apr 25, 2021

If you refuse an offer of full time employment you will likely not qualify for unemployment insurance benefits. Unless you can prove the reason for your refusal falls within the good cause requirements of the EDD, your action will likely be considered a voluntary quit. If you are not offered a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Products Liability, Entertainment / Sports and Environmental for Indiana on
Q: baseball hitting my house, causes damage either to my property or to someone in the house who's liable?

School baseball field almost right next to our backyard, yesterday a fly ball crashed right into our yard a meter from me. I have three kids and I can't help but forsee glass windows breaking and one of the kids getting hurt. The school has a tall-ish fence up however the balls have been... Read more »

Brandon A. Yosha
Brandon A. Yosha answered on Apr 6, 2021

First, you should notify the superintendent of the little league program. It is quite possible that the superintendent will take steps to prevent foul balls from colliding into your house (i.e. building additional fencing. You could also hire an experienced Attorney to draft and prepare a temporary... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Entertainment / Sports and Trademark for New Mexico on
Q: I'm a musician and want to name my album "Sith" but Lucasfilm has the word trademarked, can I still name it that?
Jason Brooks
Jason Brooks answered on Mar 24, 2021

Trademarks can be registered in a number of different "classes" based on their use. You should probably hire an attorney to help you examine which classes LucasFilm has its mark registered in to see if it would conflict with your channel of commerce in music. Ultimately, if there is no... Read more »

Q: Legality of filming illegal activities as a reporter?

Hi my girlfriend and I plan on starting an investigative journalism based YouTube account. We want to shoot a video called, “A look into the black market cannabis scene.” For this video we plan to interview black market cannabis dealers who work with cartels along with filming their operation.... Read more »

David Michael Lehr
David Michael Lehr answered on Feb 9, 2021

You are safe. They are definitely not!

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Entertainment / Sports for New York on
Q: I wrote music for a film and now the client is requesting money back because he doesn't like it. Is he allowed to?

I wrote the music for my clients film. I requested half the payment ($900) upfront and half when the project is completed. I nearly completed the project and sent the project to the client for approval before finalizing the music and he decided he did not like it anymore and he did not want me to... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Feb 9, 2021

An attorney who deals with contracts in the entertainment industry could advise best, but you await a response for three weeks. As a general matter, it would probably be difficult for any attorney to comment meaningfully without seeing the requirements of the contract. Additionally, contracts that... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Copyright and Entertainment / Sports for California on
Q: How much ownership of music do I have when a producer does a different version of the music I originally created?

I wrote a song and did the music arrangement in Logic Pro X using many royalty free loops to create my song. If I work with a producer who does his own interpretation of my original song via new music production how much ownership do I have regarding the music content?

I copyrighted my... Read more »

Robert Philip Cogan
Robert Philip Cogan answered on Dec 23, 2020

"Influenced by your original song" may or may not be a derivative work. His audio needs to be compared to your work.

A split sheet is useful. You might want to use a collaboration agreement along with the split sheet.

Please also see my answer on Avvo.

View More Answers

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.