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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. 313.737.5262. deedeeno1.1@netzero.net

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 answered on Apr 24, 2019

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

1 Answer | Asked in Entertainment / Sports on

Q: I am wondering about when my ex has my children in the summer if he is allowed to not have the go to there ball games

He gets them half of summer and is trying to take them on a vacaction where my son will miss games I have paid for

Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Apr 20, 2019

This may be something the court would not want to get involved.

It is probably too much hassle to go in front of the judge, but you can do that if you do not come to an agreement.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Animal / Dog Law and Entertainment / Sports for California on

Q: I was wondering about the carry legalities of Spears in CA. Do I need permits/certification/job necessity to carry them?

I’m planning on having a couple spears made (Heritage purposes). One as a family heirloom to pass down, and one for hunting/recreational purposes. Is it even legal to hunt with spears?

William John Light answered on Apr 12, 2019

Hunting opportunities in this state with a spear and/or atlatl are limited. No big or small game species could legally be taken with one. However, animals that are classified as "non-game" species could be (coyotes, rodents, opossum, etc). You would first need to obtain a hunting license. Confirm... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Entertainment / Sports for Texas on

Q: How Much Should I Charge for Using My Image?

So let me start by stating that I know I need an agent ASAP and I'm in the process of getting one. My question is about a well known movie theatre company using my image. I responded to a post that asked for models for a 'test shoot' and that they would choose from us those who would film a... Read more »

Jason Brooks answered on Apr 9, 2019

Your rate depends on a variety of factors, including the scope of their use -- for example, where will they be using your image and for how long? In what capacity can they use it? Also your own stature as a model/actress/celebrity factors into this equation.

An agent or an attorney can...
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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Entertainment / Sports for California on

Q: background actor won't sign release form for video?

WE were shooting a scene with an actor in a bar who was playing an extra, he agreed to be in the video and as we ran out of release forms we agreed to send him a copy via email. Days later he had a change of heart about signing and contacted his lawyer that he wants me to talk to directly in... Read more »

Thomas A. Grossman answered on Apr 8, 2019

I practiced intellectual property law for several years. The general rule is that if a person in the background of a movie scene is unrecognizable, they probably cannot sue for anything. However, the company's promise to send him a contract complicates matters somewhat, and could come up in Court... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Consumer Law, Personal Injury and Entertainment / Sports for California on

Q: Do I have a viable claim against the theater or MPAA for negligence not accommodating a class protected by ADA et al?

I suffer from blood-injury-and-injection phobia and anxiety.

Sunday afternoon I was at a Regal theater to watch a drama film. To my surprise, graphic content full of blood and lifelike surgeries started playing. With nausea overwhelming me I proceeded towards the exit. I sensed the coming... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow answered on Apr 4, 2019

much more info needed.

I have never heard of a condition like yours and suspect it is incumbent on YOU to check on films you go to see to be sure there are no scenes that could hurt you.

anyone can sue at any time for anything but I certainly would not accept the case on a...
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3 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Entertainment / Sports for New York on

Q: I am suing a venue for an event I had produced. I live in Queens, do I file in Queens or Fishkill?

Michael David Siegel answered on Feb 28, 2019

I always recommend suing where the defendant is located. It saves a step in enforcing the judgment.

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Entertainment / Sports for Illinois on

Q: Is viewing a movie from a streaming sight illegal? Owning no copy of the movie.

Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Feb 27, 2019

Very possible.

If the streaming site is not licensed you may be contributing.

Stick to official channels and pay, it is not worth the risk

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