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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Gaming and Intellectual Property for Arizona on
Q: if I make a game that’s very… similar to Grand Theft Auto. And I name it “No auto” is this copyright and can I be sued?
James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Mar 11, 2024

If you create a game that is very similar to Grand Theft Auto and name it "No Auto," you could potentially face legal issues related to copyright infringement and trademark infringement. Here's why:

1. Copyright Infringement: If your game copies substantial elements from...
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Q: Can I make a fangame legally and distribute it if I don't use the original graphics, sound, or names of characters?

I want to create a fangame based off of the very popular Pokemon franchise from Nintendo, but don't want to be involved in copyright lawsuits. If I create a game with my own monsters which can be caught, battled, level up, and evolve in a world similar to a normal pokemon game, but uses my own... View More

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
answered on Aug 3, 2021

It is an interesting idea

Risky proposition

You must consult with an attorney

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright and Gaming for Arizona on
Q: Am I able to use music from a game I am making a video review on in that video?

I am unfamiliar with copyright laws so I needed help with several questions regarding copyright and fair use. If I make a video review of a video game, am I allowed to use music from that game in the video for the purpose of review/critique? Is it fair use? If not, how can I contact these companies... View More

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
answered on Dec 27, 2020

The default is you should not use any content without permission.

Consult with an attorney for specific guidance on your risks of using any portions of other people's content.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Gaming for Arizona on
Q: I live in Arizona. I have 2 non violent felonies(20 years ago). Can I purchase, own or possess a black powder pistol?
Stewart Salwin
Stewart Salwin
answered on Mar 25, 2020

When you are convicted of a felony in Arizona, some of your civil liberties will be suspended. You will lose your right to vote, the right to hold public office, the right to serve as a juror, and, yes, the right to possess a gun. A felony conviction may also prevent a person from obtaining... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Entertainment / Sports and Gaming for Arizona on
Q: Can Gaming Events offer cash prizes if children enter the event?

People pay to enter a gaming event, things often referred to as "E-Sports". These events offer cash prize pools based on percentages for placement. If children are present, and/or enter the gaming event, are there laws and restrictions the Gaming Event Organizers should be aware of to... View More

Carrie A. Ward
Carrie A. Ward
answered on Apr 15, 2018

You will need to make sure the structure of your game does not trigger an illegal lottery concern. Illegal lotteries consist of 3 elements: (1) provision of a prize; (2) chance; and (3) consideration (i.e., money is paid to play). Event organizers should consult experienced promotions and... View More

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