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0 Answers | Asked in Gaming, Business Law and Small Claims for Minnesota on
Q: I think my local pawn shop replaced my game disc with a deteriorated disc of the same game. What should I do?

I did a buy back loan and one of the games was a GameCube one. I’ve made sure to keep my games clean and the disc. I’m not sure how I could have loaned the game with the condition it is in now. They checked the condition before taking it by visual examination. I would have cleaned off the brown... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law and Gaming for Minnesota on
Q: I'm beginning the process of making a game on my own to be released digitally. I'm in Minnesota. Do I need a business?

I have concerns over what degree of personal ownership I would have over a company and if it would effect how flexible i can be, I don't know how taxes would work if I successfully sold the product as myself vs a business. I am also concerned there could be liability risk without one, being... View More

Robert Kane
Robert Kane
answered on May 22, 2023

Properly forming and maintaining a business entity has great advantages. Protecting your personal assets is one. It's hard to determine your current situation. Is this a solo endeavor or are others involved? Will funding from other sources be needed to market the game? What exactly do you mean... View More

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.

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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law and Gaming for Minnesota on
Q: Is there a way to determine slot machine wins within a session rather than reporting $1,000 wins on w-2g to IRS?

W-2g wins within same day came to over 50,000 even though I had losses to cover this. It was still considered income now my social security disability is taxable at 85%

D. Mathew Blackburn
D. Mathew Blackburn
answered on Feb 22, 2019

You have to report the W-2gs and reduce the amount of the winnings by your losses.

You cannot take those losses against any other income.

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