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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Entertainment / Sports and Intellectual Property for California on
Q: Can a fake digital copy of the celebrity's voice be used in movies without permission from this celebrity?

Using machine learning technologies, a developer can create a synthesized copy of the celebrity's voice (for instance, like here https://youtu.be/DWK_iYBl8cA).

Can this developer use this fake digital voice in movies, mobile games, for songs, or any other video and sound content without... Read more »

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Dec 3, 2019

Fake or real there needs to be authorization of the person whose voice or image is being used?

Permission is the key.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Copyright and Entertainment / Sports for Arizona on
Q: This question is about how songs are registered

In music, if the agreement is non exclusive where they get the publishing and you retain your writers (for music licensing), how will companies/Ascap etc know when YOU got something placed as opposed to the company you sign this type of deal with? So you get your writers and publishers share when... Read more »

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Oct 25, 2019

Your question is confusing.

The collection of royalties can be accomplished in several ways. Directly negotiating and collecting with every organization, or using some of the agencies that exist that license and charge for your music, lyrics, etc directly. They then distribute the money....
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1 Answer | Asked in Entertainment / Sports and Gaming for Pennsylvania on
Q: I am looking to take money from outside investors and bet on sports based on an algorithm I created. Is it legal in PA?

There is a law in Nevada that allows this type of business model, however I am located in PA and was wondering if there was a way to make this work from here. I would receive money from investors, and place bets strictly off of my algorithm with no input whatsoever from the investors. I would... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 22, 2019

You need to contact a business attorney as you will need paperwork to cover you in regard to claims from the investors. Anyone can give anyone else money to gamble with--that's not a violation. However you need to have disclaimers and it's not something you'd want to do off the internet.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Entertainment / Sports for Pennsylvania on
Q: If someone breaks my leg and I was suppose to join the NBA can I sue them for what I would have made in the NBA

If I were just drafted into the NBA and someone breaks my leg on purpose, Can I sue them for having ruined my career For the money I would have made had I gone to the NBA?

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Oct 9, 2019

If you were drafted, then you have an agent and I am sure an attorney.

You should be discussing all this with them, if you are forthright.

Your agent would lose a lot of money if you do not fulfill your contract. An agent would have ALREADY discussed this issue with you

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Estate Planning and Entertainment / Sports for New York on
Q: How would you know if there's a will left and not just thrown away?
Benjamin Z. Katz
Benjamin Z. Katz answered on Sep 25, 2019

If you believe there was a Will you would check where the decedent kept important papers, get in touch with their attorney or check with the local Surrogate’s Court to see if it was filed. If there is a safe deposit box many times people make the mistake of putting their Will there.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Entertainment / Sports on
Q: Can I sue a company If they’re charging me more than the contract that I got?

I’ve been going to this fitness company for months and they’re were charging me with the contract that I got but last week they charged me 3 times in just one week but My contract is by-weekly

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 16, 2019

It's possible you could; virtually anyone can. But suing can be costly and time consuming. Why not first contact them and ask them about the charges. If their customer support will not work with you to rectify the misunderstanding, then you could think about such legal options. Good luck... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Entertainment / Sports for Michigan on
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.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers 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.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law, Entertainment / Sports and Gaming for Florida on
Q: Good Morning, What type of required licenses are required for starting an online business that may come under gambling?

I am orginally from the UK and had this business idea for over two years now I see alot of people online doing this method illegally (well in the UK you need a license to do this). I want to start a business to host these methods legally the business may come under gambling as it would be a hosting... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jul 30, 2019

Free practical advice offered for the last 41 years to people starting or operating small businesses: Look out.

The main difference between successful small businesses and those that fail within a relatively short period of time is good legal advice. The owners of most successful small...
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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Entertainment / Sports, Gaming and Personal Injury for California on
Q: how can we sue two companies named "EA Games" and "evenbalance" ?

Hello!

i am a gamer who plays Video games day by day.

recently i got banned by an anti cheat Company called punkbuster without any using of cheats.

while i have payed 180 $ for my game.(*** Note : i accept the price is small but it's not only me who is involved... two named... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jul 26, 2019

Small Claims, at best.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Entertainment / Sports, Gaming and Personal Injury on
Q: how can we sue two companies named "EA Games" and "evenbalance" ?

Hello!

i am a gamer who plays Video games day by day.

recently i got banned by an anti cheat Company called punkbuster without any using of cheats.

while i have payed 140 $ for my game. i want to sue this company for banning players for no reason.

and most important... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jul 24, 2019

One of the beautiful things about America is the you can sue anyone, anywhere, anytime for anything. However, you will be on your own in this situation because the amount of money involved is way too small to be of interest to most lawyers. (FYI: The law is not designed to solve every little... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Entertainment / Sports for California on
Q: I'm making an independent feature film and in the script I verbally reference work by other people.

Do I need to obtain clearance if the work is mentioned verbally and not actually seen on screen?. For example, if I have a line from a popular musical. Another example would be if I just mention a Television channel, like National Geographic?

Robert Philip Cogan
Robert Philip Cogan answered on Jul 23, 2019

The copyright statute covers the form of expression in the work and not the ideas in it. Factual reference to an item is usually not infringement. However, it is difficult to tell what you mean by "verbally reference." Are you referring to the mention of a painting or are you repeating lyrics... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Entertainment / Sports, Intellectual Property and Trademark for Ohio on
Q: Do I need permission to organize an event with a "where's Waldo" theme? Does this infringe on the current copyrights?
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jul 16, 2019

If you use images of Waldo and other recognizable features of the books, then yes, it would infringe the copyright. Getting permission might be difficult to track down the owner. The book publisher might have the rights, or the author might have retained them. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Criminal Law, Communications Law and Entertainment / Sports on
Q: Consequences of abusing someone else's Adderall prescription?

I'm doing research for my book.

The character is my antagonist. He's the father to a boy who's got ADHD. The father is not present in the boy's life at all and left him with his mom at the age of four.

He's a manager for a famous band and wants to stop one of the band members from... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jul 3, 2019

This is a free legal advice forum intended to help non-lawyer consumers better understand common legal terms and to explain general legal principals and procedures to non-lawyers interested in understanding more about the law.

This free legal forum is not the place to seek a lawyer's...
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2 Answers | Asked in Entertainment / Sports, Gaming and Tax Law for North Carolina on
Q: NC shot down a 2017 bill to legalize and tax Daily Fantasy Sports winnnings. Do i have to pay tax on winnings then?

I havent been able to get a clear answer on this. If DFS is not regulated and taxed in NC then i shouldn't have to pay state taxes on my yearly winnings right? Only Federal taxes. If so what is it taxed under and at what %

James Richard Yandle
James Richard Yandle answered on Jun 17, 2019

Wrong. The income is taxable, whether legal or not. Same as for income from embezzlement, illegal drug sales, or racketeering.

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2 Answers | Asked in Business Formation, Entertainment / Sports and Intellectual Property for New York on
Q: As a musician who intends to perform independently under the gov legal name, what should I do first to protect my work?

I intend to begin performing on the stage as well as sell my music and other media content via digital platforms: all under my name. On the longer run I intend to establish a company that will be specializing in producing media content, managing artists performances (primarily as a booking agency),... Read more »

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Jun 11, 2019

What is "gov legal name"? Do you mean your name? You actually need to trademark your name. While it seems odd, if your name is a brand, you need to protect it. Whether you incorporate at this point or not (and it generally is beneficial to do so), if your name will be the name of the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Entertainment / Sports for Illinois on
Q: Does this artist management clause allow a manager to collect post-term from platforms like Tunecore or Distrokid?

I was curious if these digital platforms would fall underneath this clause if the manager uploaded the music, because while they are considered DIY platforms, technically they are creating a contract with the distributor whether it's Tunecore, Distrokid, CD Baby etc. Here's the exact wording...... Read more »

Edward X. Clinton, Jr
Edward X. Clinton, Jr answered on Jun 7, 2019

Yes, the agreement requires the artist to pay commissions on contracts entered into during the term of the agreement. So if an artist enters into an agreement with medis company X during the term of the agreement, the manager would seek to collect a percentage of that income.

This clause...
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1 Answer | Asked in Entertainment / Sports for California on
Q: on a 3% gross royalty of SLRP for $50 w/ $10 poster merch, is the producer entitled to 3% of $50 or 3% minus merch costs

on a 3% gross royalty of SLRP for $50 w/ $10 poster merch, is the producer entitled to 3% of $50 or 3% minus merch costs

Jason Brooks
Jason Brooks answered on May 1, 2019

It depends on how "Gross Royalty" is defined in the contract. It's not uncommon to allows for deductions for actual expenses which could include your hard costs for merch, but if it's not specifically stated in the contract, then the inference would be 3% of the total royalty as received, without... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property, International Law and Entertainment / Sports on
Q: can Also know as mark, and Trade and service mark within same class or industry conflict?
Griffin Klema
Griffin Klema answered on Apr 24, 2019

Maybe. There's not enough information in your question to answer it.

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