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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Car Accidents and Entertainment / Sports on
Q: A baseball coach took our team on a bus that was not registered nor insured and the bus doors flew open and shattered

The glass shattered onto players and cars in behind us. Coach’s negligence caused harm to many players and other vehicule.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 5, 2023

I'm sorry for your terrible accident. I hope everyone is okay. If you could repost this and include a state, that could be helpful to attorneys here to respond by region. Good luck

1 Answer | Asked in Entertainment / Sports, Gaming, Trademark and Intellectual Property on
Q: I want to release a video game called "Trauma Team". Is there a trademark for this name? Is it available now?

When I checked whether there was a trademark of this name, I came across the game company named "Atlus" released in 2009 with the same name. However, when I researched a little more, I saw that this trademark was canceled in 2021 in several sources. Is this true or will I run into any... Read more »

Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp
Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp PRO label
answered on Jan 3, 2023

The trademark registration of Atlus Co., Ltd. for the TRAUMA TEAM mark expired in 2020 for failure to renew. However, if the mark is still being used (despite the registration expiring) you would be infringing by selling similar goods with the same mark.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Entertainment / Sports for California on
Q: Can my clipsite store be completely terminated for DMCA even if I was never warned or able to defend myself

I had a clupstore open on an adult clipsite. I was able to upload MP3 audios and get paid when people purchased them . One day out of nowhere I received an email from the clipsite I did business with and it simply said that my store was permanently terminated and closed due to DMCA. I had never... Read more »

Lindsay Gunn Spiller
Lindsay Gunn Spiller PRO label
answered on Dec 27, 2022

Using film clips owned by someone else without their authorization violates the copyright. If the film clip was posted online, it might be taken down through the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The DMCA allows individuals to file a complaint with website administrators when they believe... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Entertainment / Sports for California on
Q: Will pages of a script used as illustration in an ebook on screenwriting be covered under Fair Use?

I'm writing a 30 to 40-page e-book for screenwriters on how to incorporate hidden movie Easter eggs in their scripts to deepen the meaning of their story and keep viewers coming back to see their movie over and over again.

I'm analyzing three particular movies. Within the... Read more »

Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp
Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp PRO label
answered on Oct 5, 2022

Copyright Disclaimer under section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, education and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Entertainment / Sports, Intellectual Property and Trademark for Ohio on
Q: Is it alright to name an Ohio sports club with a mascot name from a high school in Illinois? Can we use their colors?

Is it alright to name an Ohio sports club with a mascot name from a high school in Illinois? Can we use their colors? We would not use their images and the letting on our jersey design would be different.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Sep 30, 2022

The only way to find out if it is "alright," is to contact the trademark owner and obtain permission. Without prior permission, there is a risk that the trademark owner could sue for trademark infringement.

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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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Entertainment / Sports for New York on
Q: Hi, I’m an actor in NYC who is represented by a talent manager, not an agency.

To my knowledge a talent manager is unable to procure work and negotiate contracts in NY State. I recently made the decision to part ways with my manager but am currently working on a job that they negotiated. I was told that even with our contract ending they are still entitled to the commission... Read more »

Di Ma
Di Ma
answered on Sep 3, 2022

Hi. Do you have a written agreement with your former talent manager that dictates the terms of the representation? If so, it may have language in there that addresses a breakup. Best of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Entertainment / Sports and Gaming for Texas on
Q: What kind of restrictions and red-flags might I need to avoid and look over when developing a mobile app?

Essentially I have an app in development that requires the user to utilize their phones movement (throwing or spinning it) as an in-game feature. I am concerned however on what would occur if a person accidently drops or breaks their phone and whether they are able to take any legal actions against... Read more »

Erik Špila
Erik Špila
answered on Aug 22, 2022

Dear Mrs or Mr,

thank you for your question and I will be starting with the fact that its very good (from the legal point of view) that you are already warning your users and you provide safery instructions before usage of such app.

Other relevant precautions might be to enlist...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Employment Discrimination and Entertainment / Sports for California on
Q: How can I fight a no rehire status? I resigned didn't give 2 weeks now I'm at six flags with a no rehire status.

My father was septic then had a seizure so I left to take care of him. According to six flags policy I have to wait 2 years for a change. Please help thank you.

Brad S Kane
Brad S Kane
answered on Jul 22, 2022

You should have asked to take a leave of absence under the federal Family Medical Leave or California Family Rights Act Leave to care for a sick family member, instead just quitting without notice.

I suggest that you explain that you had the right to take an immediate legal protected...
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Q: Can i get an attorney to sue a record label for copies of my catalog & portfolio without a copy of my contract?

Well i signed a distribution deal with the label 80/20% cut and i own all Masters and music i created for 5 albums to be distributed over 5 years 2014 . i only have given And released 4/5 before i lost contact with them _ them = the label . i have had head trauma after signing to where i forgot... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jul 21, 2022

A Georgia attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. You could continue to await a response, but there is a category here, Entertainment/Sports Law. You could try reposting and adding that as a category. There's no guarantee all posts are answered, but attorneys... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Entertainment / Sports for Maryland on
Q: Hi! I was given an offer by a music company, and I wanted to know if this contract seems good before signing!


Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Jun 29, 2022

You are going to need to consult with an attorney that practices Entertainment law to review the contract and suggest changes or warn you about any issues. You should expect an attorney to charge for his or her time. There are many good attorneys out there and you can look for one on Justia or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Entertainment / Sports, Gaming and Intellectual Property for Georgia on
Q: Game Copyrights, and Intellectual Property

I am planning on making a 2D Platformer game (when finished, I want it to be released on Steam, and possibly outside of the US if sales are good). I will be making the music for the game - I don't know too much on how copyrights work besides the fact that I have to file it, and I don't... Read more »

Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp
Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp PRO label
answered on Mar 28, 2022

The game product you envision has elements that, as the fruits of your original creative effort, are separate subjects of copyright: the code, the visual appearance, and the music. To assure the greatest protection for your work(s), you should register the copyright in each of these elements. Then... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Constitutional Law, Entertainment / Sports and Intellectual Property for Texas on
Q: Is fair use subject to interpretation regardless of facts?

If I record a full cover (track and vocal) of a popular song, and release it on social media with no compensation, no expectation of compensation, no request for monetary support, strictly for the purpose of exhibition, entertainment, and to receive interaction (comments and/or likes) from viewers,... Read more »

Liliana Di Nola-Baron
Liliana Di Nola-Baron
answered on Mar 2, 2022

You should consult an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Entertainment / Sports for Pennsylvania on
Q: I want to create a Subsidiary under my current LLC. Do I create the Subsidiary as a new company with a separate ein?
Michael Cherewka
Michael Cherewka
answered on Jan 16, 2022

This question is far to general for a forum like this. You should meet with your attorney and your CPA to discuss why you are creating a new company, and also whether it should be a subsidiary of your current LLC. Also depends on the tax status of your current LLC

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Entertainment / Sports on
Q: If there is an evacuation, do cinemas refund your money if the evacuation started in the middle or start of the movie?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 18, 2021

A state or territory is not included here, so there could be state-specific consumer laws that might be relevant. As a general matter nationwide, it could depend on the terms of the ticket and nature of the incident. Personal injury is included as a category here - if the matter were to involve... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Entertainment / Sports and Gaming for Mississippi on
Q: Can I place a sports bet at a casino in Mississippi for a friend?

My friend isn’t able to travel to Mississippi so I was going to place a sports bet for him. Is that okay?

Hiten H Patel
Hiten H Patel
answered on Nov 16, 2021

No. Also, the casino will not allow you to place a sports wager using another persons name.

1 Answer | Asked in Foreclosure, Entertainment / Sports, Gaming and Trademark for Georgia on
Q: I would like to get this company together for the first few months and then I’ll get it to up and running in no time

I have a question about how my life would be if I got this company and how much money would be made for my future and family is it sure success in the business or what I do need to know if I going to make my money back in wholesale or whole period

Linda Liang
Linda Liang
answered on Oct 7, 2021

This question is very general. Many issues you need to address to stay out of trouble. The most common matter is your trademark. You should conduct a research and make sure you are not using others' trademark. Preferably, you should register your own trademark. Other matters include... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Entertainment / Sports for Virginia on
Q: I recently got a record deal for distribution through universal just wondering if someone could look over it for me
Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger
answered on Aug 28, 2021

Sure. If you email it to me, I can take a quick look to give you a quote to review in full.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Entertainment / Sports on
Q: Can i use screenshots of getty and Shutterstock for informative and educative fact videos on youtube?
Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
answered on Aug 14, 2021

I would not recommend that

They tend to chase people who use their content without permission

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