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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Business Law, Entertainment / Sports and Gaming for California on
Q: What's a precedent r/t purchasing in-game items, when $ spent and devs remove items and replace w inferior items?

I purchased an in-game package. After purchasing, developers removed all items purchased and replaced with inferior items, saying original pack was erroneously released. I would not have spent money at all on the inferior items they replaced my purchase with. They have a strict "All sales are... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jul 5, 2020

Sorry your product did not meet your expectations. This is a consumer/contract law question and the supplier failed to provide the product you contracted for. It sounds like you bought this online, so you must have paid with a CC. You should contact your CC company and create a dispute over the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Entertainment / Sports for Illinois on
Q: My account has been suspended from the service Venmo, and they refuse to tell me why. I did not violate their terms.

I was randomly barred from using the service and after reaching out to them they said I violated their terms. They refuse to tell me what I did that violated their terms. They say they deemed my account “high risk” and will not tell me why, I barely used the service and for agreeable and... Read more »

George W. Svoboda
George W. Svoboda answered on Jun 29, 2020

Unfortunately, they can choose not to do business with you and terminate the agreement. They do not need to explain why in most cases. You posted this under entertainment / sports. Did you use the account for gambling? That is against their TOS. If you have evidence your account was hacked, you can... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Communications Law and Entertainment / Sports for Minnesota on
Q: Can the news media be sued for causing fear, anxiety and other mental health issues due to the way the news is written?

In speaking with others, I find that watching the news causes me anxiety and extreme fear by the way it is delivered to us consumers. There is no way to know what is being reported is true. It can be argued that the reporting of the events surrounding police shootings are fueled by the media and... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jun 20, 2020

NO. The news media are subject to certain immunities for the fair reporting of events that occur. You cannot sue them for that. You would have to show that they targeted you, personally, with the news coverage.

I share your pain about the reporting of current events, but you still...
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1 Answer | Asked in Entertainment / Sports for New York on
Q: My friend and I would like do to a podcast and title it garbage plate sports. Can we use this?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 12, 2020

You could add Trademark Law to your categories. There's no guarantee all questions are picked up, but your post remains open for two weeks. Trademark attorneys have insight into issues that could arise in using a given name for an organization, business, or other purpose.

Tim Akpinar

3 Answers | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law, Entertainment / Sports and Trademark for Florida on
Q: Can I trademark an exhibition/docu-series name? I'm in FL & trying to register the name under Sunbiz & USPTO.

Also, if I can register it, would I need to register it as an LLC?

Bill Hulsey
Bill Hulsey answered on May 26, 2020

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2 Answers | Asked in Copyright and Entertainment / Sports for Virginia on
Q: Can I use an actual news broadcast for a fictional movie??

I’m writing a YouTube episodic and wanted to use a few actual news broadcasts in the promo trailer. The show is a work of entirely fiction just loosely based on real life. I would be using less than 30 seconds of each broadcast.

Barbara Berschler
Barbara Berschler answered on May 22, 2020

The news broadcast itself is protected by copyright. You would need to get the permission of the owner of the copyright in the broadcast. You may be able to negotiate a licensed use for your fictional work. Best to work through a copyright counsel.

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Entertainment / Sports, Intellectual Property and Trademark for California on
Q: Semi-famous relative passed away.

While family was occupied with final arrangements/grieving, a third party filed for licensing to the name and image my relative went to extreme lengths to protect in life. So now essentially this person owns my relative. The family does not have the financial resources for a court battle. We simply... Read more »

Barbara Berschler
Barbara Berschler answered on May 18, 2020

My understanding is that California has strong laws that protect the Right of Publicity (right to exploit one's fame for famous people) and Right to Privacy. It would be good to get advise from a California attorney familiar with these 2 torts. The laws may allow you to collect... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Entertainment / Sports for New York on
Q: Can I sue an entertainment company for not giving me copies of my daughter baptism?

I have hired a company for photography and video to record my daughters baptism around June 2018. I paid half of there contract. Until they gave me everything I would pay full. It is 2 years and they dont answer my text, email, or phone calls. This is not fair because I do not have one single photo... Read more »

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on May 17, 2020

When the courts reopen you can sue. Likely a small claims type case.

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Entertainment / Sports and Intellectual Property for California on
Q: Am I allowed to use a verbally spoken speech or spoken poetry in my music?

I'm currently working on a soundtrack and considering using a verbally spoken speech.

Evelyn Suero
Evelyn Suero answered on May 12, 2020

If the speech or poetry does not belong to you, then you will need to obtain permission/license from the copyright owner in order to incorporate this intellectual property into your soundtrack.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Entertainment / Sports, Intellectual Property and Trademark for Louisiana on
Q: Will I run into trademark copyright issues by including "there's no place like home" in my event slogan?

I am helping host an event and we would like to use the slogan: "There's no place like home, and no taste like gumbo".

Furthermore, would the slogan: "There's no taste like gumbo", paired with a yellow brick road and red shoes for an event logo, cause any problems?

Bill Hulsey
Bill Hulsey answered on May 1, 2020

Probably not

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Entertainment / Sports, Intellectual Property and Public Benefits for Florida on
Q: Does our local Chamber of Commerce own our communities local "Pageant"?

We have a pageant that has been in our community for over 30 years! Its never been filed as an official entity or organization. It has always been ran by different volunteers within the community. I know for several years our local Chamber sponsored the pageant. Then there was a issue with... Read more »

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Apr 1, 2020

You definitely need to consult with an attorney.

Anybody can own a pageant and call it anyway they want.

The question is whether it is exclusive, and if what you do, your work, is owned by somebody else.

Check if they ever signed or got a contract from somebody.

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Entertainment / Sports for Florida on
Q: can I use the name Ben Hur for a non profit "Art" organisation, for example "Ben Hur Culture Club"?

To represent works of filmmaker and art creators

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Apr 1, 2020

Better not.

check if somebody, movie company, has any rights to it.

they may decide not to do anything, as in fanclub scenarios, but that does not mean they do not own the rights


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.

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst 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.... Read 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... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers 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... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Entertainment / Sports for Indiana on
Q: Is it against copyright laws to have a natural disaster destroy Disney World in a book that I’m writing?

What I want to know is if they can sue me just for briefly mentioning in the book that the park has been destroyed.

Tania Maria Williams
Tania Maria Williams answered on Mar 10, 2020

It wouldn't technically be copyright infringement, but please be advised that Disney is VERY litigious and aggressively protects all their intellectual property including their name.

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Entertainment / Sports, Gaming and Trademark on
Q: We are indie game developer from Egypt, we have issue with HASBRO the holder of Monopoly trademark?


we little startup game developers located in Egypt we had android app on Google Play Called "MONOPOLY LITE" and it is different from Monopoly.

Hesbro lawyer reported copyright MONOPOLY, US, 0326723

Google Play Destroyed our startup business for this claim... Read more »

Robyn T. Williams
Robyn T. Williams answered on Feb 22, 2020

It sounds like Hasbro reported you for trademark infringement. The answer to your question requires review of all of the facts. Email me at rwilliams@devlinlawfirm.com to set up a call to discuss.

Robyn T. Williams, Esq.

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Entertainment / Sports on
Q: I am a singer and songwriter, I have a recorded song I would like to release. However, Its become complicated.

I perform cabaret, but record my own songs outside. The engineer and DJ hired to work for me in my cabaret performance are the same persons I used to produce the beat. I would like to release my music but my music is being held by my DJ. He does not want to give me my vocals nor sign over the... Read more »

Robyn T. Williams
Robyn T. Williams answered on Feb 15, 2020

The answer to your question may lie in any agreement between the parties before working on the song. The engineer and DJ were "hired to work" for you in your cabaret performances. If a similar agreement was in place for the production of the song - also known as a work for hire agreement... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Entertainment / Sports for California on
Q: How can I find out if someone has power of attorney over me?
Mit Winter
Mit Winter answered on Feb 14, 2020

A power of attorney is a document that allows you to appoint a person or entity to oversee and manage your affairs. In order for a power of attorney to be legally binding, in most states you must sign and have notarized an original power of attorney document that specifies exactly what powers your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Entertainment / Sports and Land Use & Zoning for Florida on
Q: Is it legal for me to ride my dirtbike in my neighborhood?

I have a 125cc dirtbike that cannot go really fast. I live in a pretty laxed equestrian neighborhood. The roads are gravel with no line markings or anything, but isn't rural. I am very confused on the laws in my neighborhood. There is no sign that specifically targets golf carts, but a street... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Feb 7, 2020

The statute doesn't apply; your bike is not an ATV (which would not be "street-legal" but nevertheless can be operated under the enumerated conditions).

For the local laws you would have to ask somebody in your locality..

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Entertainment / Sports and Trademark for Georgia on
Q: If my file failed because of abandonment how can I reopen it?
Tania Maria Williams
Tania Maria Williams answered on Feb 3, 2020

There are various reasons that a file will be considered abandoned by the USPTO. If the file is considered abandoned for failure to respond to an Office Action or to file the Statement of Use, an applicant may be able to file a Petition to Revive the application. However, the petition must be... Read more »

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