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2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Entertainment / Sports and Intellectual Property for Michigan on
Q: How can I as a filmmaking student contact DC Comics and try to get authorization in order to use their characters?
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answered on Mar 8, 2024

As a filmmaking student wanting to use DC Comics characters in your project, you should follow the proper channels to obtain permission and avoid potential copyright issues. Here are some steps you can take:

1. Determine the rights needed: Identify which characters you want to use and in...
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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Entertainment / Sports for Michigan on
Q: Can I sue a app that causes my music career to be slowed? There not doing what they're paid for.

Paid this app that's connected to my distributor to give my song 500 plays to get notice more, 500 plays in 7 days, after few days only couple plays asked them what was wrong, they said, were updating our systems and you get a boost now.

Well it's been 2weeks and nothing!... View More

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answered on Nov 18, 2023

If you paid for a service from an app that was supposed to increase plays for your music, and they failed to deliver as agreed, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. This situation could potentially be viewed as a breach of contract if the app did not fulfill the terms of the agreement you entered... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Entertainment / Sports and Internet Law for Michigan on
Q: Can I record voice chat on a game server in memory (never written to disk) for moderation purposes?

I'd like to allow a team of moderators to review voice chat manually. There is no automated system in place, and the team would need to manually listen to and subsequently make decisions from the data.

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answered on Jul 6, 2023

The recording of voice chat on a game server for moderation purposes may raise legal considerations, particularly in relation to privacy laws. In Michigan, it is generally required to obtain consent from all parties involved in a conversation before recording it. However, laws can vary, and there... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Entertainment / Sports, Intellectual Property and International Law for Michigan on
Q: Looking to start a D&D podcast using the Legend of Zelda world. Could this path have legal issues with Nintendo?

I am wanting to run a Zelda D&D session on a podcast, and I was wondering if there was any problems with doing so.

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answered on Jul 10, 2023

Creating a D&D podcast set in the Legend of Zelda world can potentially raise legal concerns related to intellectual property rights. Nintendo owns the rights to the Legend of Zelda franchise, including its characters, settings, and storylines. It's important to note that unauthorized use... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Child Custody and Entertainment / Sports for Michigan on
Q: We are looking to create a will or difference between survivor right vs. will..which is better

We have two children and need to appoint guardianship in the event of our death, as well as distribute our life insurance properly.

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answered on Mar 27, 2020

It sounds like you are a married couple and your plan of distribution at the first death is "survivor takes all". That being the case, utilizing death beneficiary designations or joint tenancy with survivorship title holding is effective to vest ownership in those assets in the survivor.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Entertainment / Sports for Michigan on
Q: Am I entitled for a refund?

I booked a birthday party . The party is suppose to be on Sunday March 22nd . I had to put down a non-refundable fee of $100. Now with the state emergency of the COVID-19 situation I had to cancel the event . Parents do not feel safe to bring their children in this kind of environment where... View More

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answered on Mar 16, 2020

Everyone is feeling your pain. This is new territory for everyone. Under current orders, that business cannot operate. I believe sound business practice would be for them to give you back your $100. However, I'm unsure if they are required to do so. They may well take the position that this... View More

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Q: I need a attorney to assist me. Myson was assaulted by a grown up at game with his school. What type of attorney handle

this type of case. He is 15 years old playing with his team. Suffered a concussion, eye bleed, sore back foot. He was dragged.

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answered on Aug 23, 2019

You are first and foremost looking at a potential criminal matter. Your first call should be to the local police. If you know the person's identity, you could also look into contacting a civil attorney.

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