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Q: How do I register a bond certificate from publisher clearing house
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answered on Nov 6, 2023

To register a bond certificate from Publisher's Clearing House, you should first review the documentation that came with the bond for any specific registration instructions. If no clear instructions are provided, contact Publisher’s Clearing House directly for guidance on how to register... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Gaming, Trademark, Copyright and Intellectual Property for California on
Q: Is it infringement or illegal to remake or share a form of copyrighted art even if it's without any form compensation?

Specifically, if one were to create a character from mainstream media from scratch, that already exists and share it with others without receiving any form of compensation, is that illegal? One side tells me it's non-profit so it's okay. I read elsewhere that it falls under infringement.

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answered on Sep 19, 2023

Creating and sharing a character from mainstream media, even without compensation, can still potentially constitute copyright infringement. Copyright law grants creators exclusive rights to their work, including the right to create derivative works. While non-profit status may be a consideration,... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Gaming, Personal Injury, Juvenile Law and Internet Law for California on
Q: I bought some assets from a code dev and then put them into a game and then the co-owner banned me and stole them. sue?

Can I sue the co-owner for stealing my assets and my game? The co-owner is only 16 and I'm 24 the reason I even trusted him as a co-owner is because he had modeled and coded stuff for me for about 2 years on different games and always did a great job despite his young age and always acted... View More

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answered on Sep 10, 2023

Under California law, you might have a case based on breach of contract, unjust enrichment, or conversion. Since the co-owner is a minor, there could be some limitations on the enforceability of any agreements you had with him. You should gather all the evidence of your agreements and the work... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Gaming, Copyright and Intellectual Property for California on
Q: If a old video game is now released as freeware can I recreate the game with my own code and assets and release for free

Ide like to recreate an old game (that has been released and can now be legally downloaded for free) using my own created assets and code but release it as fan made freeware for the public as a Hobbie project. Will this violate copyright law?

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answered on Aug 10, 2023

Creating a new game that is based on an old freeware game, using your own code and assets, could potentially raise copyright issues if the new game is substantially similar to the original. While the original freeware game may be available for free, the underlying copyright in its design and... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Entertainment / Sports and Gaming for California on
Q: Could i sue Mobile Strike if they banned me without explanation of what terms i broken and i spent $20k on their game.
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answered on Apr 25, 2023

It may be possible to pursue legal action against Mobile Strike if they banned you without explanation of what terms you broke and you spent $20k on their game. However, the success of such a lawsuit would depend on several factors, including the terms of service that you agreed to when signing up... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright and Gaming for California on
Q: I'm an underage game developer on Roblox. I didn't get fully paid. Is the content I made still legally mine?

I was told I would be paid a commission fee and a percentage of revenue. I only received the commission and was told I would not get my percentage. The exact role I had was the lead animator. I took the animations from one program and edited them before importing them into the game engine. In... View More

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answered on Apr 16, 2023

As the creator of the animations, you are likely the owner of the copyright in those animations, regardless of whether they were created using another program or were edited from existing animations. However, the exact terms of your agreement with the game developer may affect your rights in the... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Gaming and Consumer Law for California on
Q: I’m at Harrahs casino in Southern California and I was misled by a false offer of FreePlay, and reimbursement for travel

When I tried to redeem it, they refused to give it to me. I have pictures on my phone that shows I was offered. That was the only reason why I decided to come I believe it was deceitful, and it was a ploy just to get me into the casino to spend my money, isn’t that illegal? And can I sue?

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answered on Apr 14, 2023

It is possible to pursue legal action against the casino if they misled you with a false offer of FreePlay and reimbursement for travel. If you have evidence in the form of pictures on your phone, that could strengthen your case. It is important to consult with a lawyer who specializes in consumer... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Gaming, Copyright and Intellectual Property for California on
Q: can you sale a custom card of a card game like pokemon

the custom is done on a real card with custom art on front

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answered on Apr 9, 2023

No, it is not legal to sell custom cards of a copyrighted card game like Pokemon without permission from the copyright holder. The custom art on the front of the card would likely be considered a derivative work, which is protected by the same copyright as the original game.

Selling such...
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1 Answer | Asked in Gaming, Criminal Law and Employment Law for California on
Q: Hello I’m not sure if you’ll be able to answer my question but I work in a casino(dealer)and my AirPods were dropped out

… of my pocket while I was dealing(3/6/23)and they were picked up by a supervisor and he gave them to a security guard to be put in lost in found. The next day I go to lost in found and they said they have no log for any AirPods being turned in and to check back in a couple days. So I come back... View More

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answered on Mar 22, 2023

If you believe that your AirPods were stolen by a supervisor or anyone else who had access to them, you may want to report the incident to the casino's security department and/or to the police. They may be able to investigate the matter and potentially identify the person responsible.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Tax Law and Gaming for California on
Q: Is it legal to form an LLC in California where its' profits come from sports bets made by statistical analysts?

Nothing is in motion, however I am currently a data analyst for a company and through that role I have thought of a way to structure how to make money off of sports bets. I know what to look for and can create spreadsheets that track historical data of players and teams where I can create a report... View More

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answered on Feb 20, 2023

It is legal to form an LLC in California for a business that generates profits from sports bets made by statistical analysts, provided that the business complies with applicable laws and regulations related to sports betting and gambling. The California Gambling Control Act regulates certain forms... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Entertainment / Sports and Gaming for California on
Q: If I make a Car Quiz mobile game will I get in trouble? I don't have any permission from any brand, but isn't a racegame

Also I would like to put the cars in Cards, and Packs where you can find them, so It became also a card collecting game

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answered on Feb 20, 2023

If you create a mobile game that uses images or trademarks of car brands without permission, you may be infringing on the intellectual property rights of those brands. This can potentially result in legal action being taken against you.

To avoid potential legal issues, it is recommended...
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2 Answers | Asked in Entertainment / Sports and Gaming for California on
Q: I got an offer to play a game for money if I reached the goal in 21 days. They have paid me before for other game offers

This time it’s the run around for like 3-4 weeks they said it would be resolved in 10 days. Now they have stop replying to my emails. I was really depending on that money, now it’s costing me money I don’t have.

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Louis George Fazzi
answered on Feb 5, 2023

You can contact the Labor Commissioner's office by going to their website (https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/). Once you get to the main page, click the link for labor law and then click the link for Wages, where you will find out how to file your wage claim. If they can help with your situation,... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Entertainment / Sports and Gaming for California on
Q: I got an offer to play a game for money if I reached the goal in 21 days. They have paid me before for other game offers

This time it’s the run around for like 3-4 weeks they said it would be resolved in 10 days. Now they have stop replying to my emails. I was really depending on that money, now it’s costing me money I don’t have.

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answered on Feb 20, 2023

If you entered into a contract with the company to play the game for money and there was an agreement on payment terms and conditions, then the company is legally obligated to fulfill their end of the bargain. If they have failed to do so and are not responding to your emails, you may want to... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Gaming and Internet Law for California on
Q: Can I sue a internet company not keeping up to a writtten deal about paying me money for playing a video game?

This company said if I get to level mansion 21 in 21 days they will pay me $34.60 and they didn’t then they said email us screenshots of level 21 mansion and it will be resolved in 10 days and it’s been 14-15 and I emailed them with it again and they said to do something else now to resolve I... View More

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answered on Feb 20, 2023

Yes, you may be able to sue the internet company for breach of contract if they failed to pay you as agreed. To have a valid contract, there must be an offer, acceptance, and consideration (which is the thing of value being exchanged). If the company made an offer to pay you $34.60 for reaching... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Entertainment / Sports and Gaming for California on
Q: Online marble race with bidding entry and paid power-ups legal?

Presume an online livestream of a digital marble race. There are no stakes for winning besides a score for the player on a small leaderboard visible on-screen at all times. Viewers may enter the race by sending a chat message during the setup for the next race. It's first-come first-serve (up... View More

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answered on Aug 25, 2023

I am not aware of any specific California law that directly addresses this specific scenario. However, hosting an online marble race with bidding entry and paid power-ups could potentially raise legal and regulatory issues related to gambling, contests, and online gaming. It's advisable to... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law, Collections, Gaming and Lemon Law for California on
Q: 2004 Weekly Grand non-registered "Entry to the Big Spin", Lottery Ticket Mailed directly to CA Lottery in the usps.

$20,000,000.00found out 2004 has ACTS 19,***, lefislation regarding my focal interests.

Leon Bayer
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answered on Jul 15, 2023

What is your question?

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1 Answer | Asked in Gaming for California on
Q: My son played a video game where the advertise prize was a Nintendo Switch. He won but received a used Nintendo Switch,

The prize was clearly used as it was scuffed up and literally had somebody else’s name on the back of it. Is this legal? Do I have rights to reach back out to the Restaurant and request a new Switch as advertised?

James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
answered on Sep 27, 2022

It would depend on what was promised, I suppose. [I litigate cases. Anything posted here must not be construed as legal advice, nor as grounds for forming an attorney-client relationship. You should seek an attorney for formal legal advice and representation.]

1 Answer | Asked in Gaming for California on
Q: So i wanted to know if re selling game hacks / in game currency is illegal.

Like for example say you need a activation code for the hack. You don’t buy a hack directly it’s more of a subscription code. Say you buy that from chinese people send them money and to re sell it. Same goes for the in game currency you buy it from them for cheap and re sell it. Would that be... View More

Jingzhan Wang
Jingzhan Wang
answered on Jul 24, 2022

It's illegal in China

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Gaming and Native American Law for California on
Q: I was at Indian casino parking lot backed out nto a car

that had stopped to wait for a spot my fault? car pointing in opposite direction for flow out parking area. Normally there are no cars behind those spaces. I did look but in blind spot. two scratches. for some reason said lets not report he got estimate for 1000.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Mar 22, 2022

More info might be helpful but sounds like you are at fault

1 Answer | Asked in Gaming for California on
Q: If a CA tribal casino security finds meth in hotel room can they charge as a smoking fee and not report it to cops?

The casino has charged me and my friends more than the deposit of the disclosure charging some people up to $500 for finding meth in the room. Yet they are not reporting it to authority's so its safe to assume they are making these fees up as hush money and not documenting it for auditors. So... View More

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on Sep 21, 2021

Yes, they are supposed to report and then the authorities can arrest you and all your friends for possession of a controlled substance, you can be criminally charged and will have to hire attorneys to defend yourselves. You can end up with criminal convictions on your records which will affect... View More

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