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1 Answer | Asked in Gaming for California on
Q: My son played a video game where the advertise prize was a Nintendo Switch. He won but received a used Nintendo Switch,

The prize was clearly used as it was scuffed up and literally had somebody else’s name on the back of it. Is this legal? Do I have rights to reach back out to the Restaurant and request a new Switch as advertised?

James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
answered on Sep 27, 2022

It would depend on what was promised, I suppose. [I litigate cases. Anything posted here must not be construed as legal advice, nor as grounds for forming an attorney-client relationship. You should seek an attorney for formal legal advice and representation.]

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Entertainment / Sports, Gaming, Intellectual Property and Trademark on
Q: if I were to post videos online of a group playing a tabletop game based on copyright material could I be sued?

if I were to post videos on youtube of me and some friends playing tabletop RPG based around copyrighted material (pokemon) could I be sued for copyright infringement and could I monetize it without legal repercussions?

Thomas James
Thomas James
answered on Sep 26, 2022

This response is based on U.S. copyright law. Laws in other jurisdictions may be different.

While game rules are not protected by copyright, the manner in which they are expressed might be. Images (artwork, drawings, photographs, etc.) generally are protected by copyright. Names of games...
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0 Answers | Asked in Copyright and Gaming for Oregon on
Q: can we use the legend of dragoon music without getting into trouble on youtube/ for streaming purpose.

we wish to use the music as a form of starting a stream, as a be right back idle music, and a end stream music, and wish to know also is the music is in fair use yet for how old the game is.

0 Answers | Asked in Gaming for Colorado on
Q: Is it illegal for me to host a "roulette night" among close personal friends?

Colorado has ambiguous social gambling laws. If I host a roulette night with friends and act as the "house" paying out bets and receiving money from players who lose, would that be illegal or considered social gambling under Colorado law? Does me acting as the "house" and having... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Business Law, Consumer Law, Entertainment / Sports and Gaming for Wisconsin on
Q: Sports law and regulation in the U.S., specifically esports. What kinds of rules and regulations? Cheating is rampant.

Any direction towards rules and regulations esports organizations and the companies that make games have to adhere to. They run and organize a billion dollar industry that has no accountability for cheating when competing in local and online tournaments for a lot of money. They then garner support... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Gaming for Pennsylvania on
Q: major problem, with IRS An online casino line Has reported that I won , $414k not true I won $18k And gave most back

Back, I’ve reached out to IRS they said they can’t do anything they have to go by what casino sent them

I’ve reached out to Casino many times, and they kept on telling me this is what I won,

I look at statements they sent

It says I won this money in a poker... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Gaming on
Q: can i sue or stop an online casino for harassing text messages with false claims.

I receive several daily text messages with false claims of winning that are only click bate to sign up to casinos.

0 Answers | Asked in Gaming for New York on
Q: may i operate a private lottery game ?

I'm frustrated on the fact that most lottery games is ending up with no winner. i want to enter a lottery where there is a definite winner. therefore I'm thinking of opening a lottery company where there will be a definite winner of every game, lets say once a week, whoever gives a dollar... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Federal Crimes and Gaming for Michigan on
Q: Can I sue Google for advertising a illegal gambling site on there platform and youtube which took my money

They have contract with us government not to advertise unlicensed gambling places to us customers also these places have platforms in there youtube platform as well many casino have lobbyist for this deal only to be slapped in the face I wouldn't have found this if the federal government was... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Gaming for Florida on
Q: If I charge a token to play my blockchain game, is it legal to pay out that same token as rewards for winning the game?

For example: If two people pay 10 tokens each to play my game, can I award the winner 18 tokens and allocate the rest to myself, investors, bonus prize pool, etc.? If not, can I create a separate token and use that one for rewards? It seems most blockchain games are structured with a separate token... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Gaming and Intellectual Property for Michigan on
Q: Is it illegal to make content using video game footage/pictures?

I want to make video game content like YouTube videos or screenshot pictures. Like game playthroughs or something. I also want to be able to monetize somehow, like with ads, affiliate marketing, or linking to Patreon.

But I'm worried about getting in trouble with copyright or getting... Read more »

Erik Špila
Erik Špila
answered on Sep 13, 2022

Dear Creator,

thats a very interesting question and I will gladly try to answer it.

At first, in general, it is legal to create a gameplay videos from video games and post them on youtube and then monetize your channel. There are some circumstances when this does not apply such as...
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0 Answers | Asked in Gaming and Internet Law for Idaho on
Q: Hello! I played blackout bingo through an app and won huge amount of money but they won’t give it to me

They said I committed “fraud” and I am blindsided because they said I used VPN or software, which I didn’t. I just want my money back, can I sue them?

0 Answers | Asked in Gaming for New Mexico on
Q: Yes,i was wanting to know how i would go about getting my winning's that i won on a online casino

I have proof i took a screenshot of my winning's

0 Answers | Asked in Gaming for Tennessee on
Q: Is Calcutta betting on pool games legal in Tennessee?
1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Gaming and Trademark for Georgia on
Q: Can I make a web-comic using screenshots from a video game?

More specifically, can I tell the story of the game, using screenshots, edited into a web-comic format? Would the story have to be original? Is there any variation of this idea that could be monetized?

Erik Špila
Erik Špila
answered on Sep 6, 2022

Yes, you can use screenshots from a videogame to make some new piece of author work. Considering that the screenshots are also yours. In my opinion it is same as making a YouTube videos in-game and then monetizing your gaming channel. Story should be original if you want to be an author of the... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Gaming for Georgia on
Q: What if you are believed to have paid on ga skill games

My job had machines and they had them removed by lottery for paying cash. What happens to bartenders doing what their boss told them to do

0 Answers | Asked in Gaming for Minnesota on
Q: Online casino warned me for violating t&c but allowed me to keep playing. Aren't they required to pay me my winnings?

I was given a warning for using a third party card (my husband's) and a purchase Limit was put on my account. After a month I requested that the limit be removed and they granted my request. I then made a couple deposits using my card and accumulated $34,000 in winnings. I put the redemption... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Gaming for Nebraska on
Q: What can I do if the vendor who set up my Orion Stars online gaming ID took money that I won from account but never paid

About a week ago a friend told me about this game Orion Stars that she plays and has made money on. She gave me the Admins Facebook name so I could ask him to set up an account for me. They did (username is roy_pg12) and they state Phoenix Gaming as their company. I have sent them 3 payments no... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Gaming for Louisiana on
Q: Can a charitable organization based in Oklahoma change the advertised date of a raffle drawing?

On-line ticket sales to any US state. Date of drawing pushed back two months with no notice to ticket holders. Tickets sales continue past original date of drawing.

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