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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 Federal Crimes and Gaming for Nebraska on
Q: if a child shoots people using what he sees on video games.Does the manufacturers owe duty of care to the plaintiff
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 21, 2019

It would be a difficult argument to make in terms of duty of care in the context of tort law. In terms of a social duty, you raise a good point. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

2 Answers | Asked in Gaming and Copyright for North Carolina on
Q: What legal issues are there to cloning a game and "reskinning" it, akin to how monopoly clones exist everywhere?

DaVINCI EDITRICE S.R.L., VS. ZIKO GAMES, LLC, et al., in CIVIL ACTION NO. H-13-3415 cited a card game's mechanics aren't protected, I'm looking - quite literally - to copy a card game (as the defendant in the cited case) that is no longer in production by reskinning the game and removing protected... Read more »

Enrico Schaefer
Enrico Schaefer answered on Oct 15, 2019

Games can be copyrighted as can the rules. So skinning a game can cause a variety of legal issues. I would have an attorney do a detailed analysis. One fact can change the result.

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Gaming and Trademark on
Q: Can I create a game on Google Play called Spatial Temple Run? Will it infringe Temple Run trademark?
Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Sep 26, 2019

I would strongly recommend to be cautious.

You should do a search and analysis of the existing trademarks and potential risks.

Make an appointment, get a consultation before you spend money and potentially get in trouble.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Gaming for California on
Q: Property was seized during a search. I was arrested, no charges were filed. How do get my property.

No search warrant was given , detained w out Miranda rights . Personal items taken ,money, ID , family gifts. Damage to my house, and they asked for someone else before entering and searching my home. 8 machines slot machines that where off unplugged not in use in a room no money confescated... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Sep 24, 2019

much more info needed.

there can be legitimate reasons for all of that OR it can all be BS.

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 Employment Law and Gaming for California on
Q: If I am forced to work more than 6 hours before getting my lunch break in California is that illegal?

It was recently brought to my attention that California law demands a lunch before hitting the sixth hour unless agreed upon by both parties. I have never "agreed" to work more than that without my lunch it was told to me that was the expectation. I have been working like this for most of the last... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Jun 20, 2019

In California, a non-exempt employee is entitled to a reasonable opportunity to take a 30-minute, off-the-clock, uninterrupted and duty free meal period any time they work more than 5 hours in a shift. That meal period should be provided before the beginning of the 6th hour. If you work only 6... Read more »

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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1 Answer | Asked in Gaming and Trademark for Texas on
Q: I made esports org called alleliteclan was wondering if I could use it if there’s a company called allelitewrestling

I want to know if I could use it that wrestling company trademarked allelitewrestling but I’m using AllEliteClan

Ahaji Kirk Amos
Ahaji Kirk Amos answered on Jun 14, 2019

Maybe. You will need a trademarkability opinion.

1 Answer | Asked in Gaming and Small Claims for Nebraska on
Q: Can I sue my sister for her son who is 10 stealing from me or can I sue him it was almost 300$ which he used on a game?

About a month ago while watching my nephew while his mom was in new York he purchased almost 300$ worth of PlayStation virtual currency In a game called fortnite which overdrew my account in total changes it was 415.31 Initially she said she would pay me back but has now changed her mind after me... Read more »

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Jun 10, 2019

Small claims court is designed exactly for this type of situation where there is a relatively low dollar request to repay due to a wrong. Many of the county courthouses have the forms available for you to pursue a small claims case on your own. It may make sense to handle this in small claims... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Products Liability, Gaming and Social Security for Maryland on
Q: Can my parents take my phone

Can my parents take my phone if I am 15 and I bought the phone under my own name and with my own money. If they take it away is that stolen prop

Griffin Klema
Griffin Klema answered on May 3, 2019

Whether it is "stolen" or not, I'm guessing there's at least a fair reason the phone was taken from you, even though you seem to disagree with that reason. At 15 years old, you are probably still considered a "minor" which means you are too immature to have certain rights (i.e. vote, consume... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law and Gaming for Louisiana on
Q: Can I ask for pet supply donations in exchange for a chance to win a gift card?

The donations will be collected by a business but will be donated to 501c3 organizations.

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

Many states regulate people and companies that try to conduct their own raffles or other similar activities. Better ask someone who can tell you if you are moving in the wrong direction.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Personal Injury, Products Liability and Gaming on
Q: What do i do against someone who has taken my money and gotten my account banned after threathening/blackmailing me.

I bought something online a service in a game, got only half and when i got hald i made an issument to paypal about it. I then get a threat that i wil get my account banned or locked meaning i cant acces my gamel So what has happen dis that iv ended up loosing my game and they have taken my money.... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 1, 2019

This situation cannot be handled by asking for legal advice online. If the amount of money involved is substantial, you should consider hiring a lawyer experienced in Internet contracts and collections issues.

1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law, Gaming and Gov & Administrative Law for Oklahoma on
Q: What Oklahoma statute makes sports gambling illegal?
Kyle Persaud
Kyle Persaud answered on Mar 12, 2019

There are a number of state statutes on gambling.

Many of them are available here:

https://www.oscn.net/applications/oscn/index.asp?level=1&ftdb=STOKST21&year=#CiteID69441

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law and Gaming for Minnesota on
Q: Is there a way to determine slot machine wins within a session rather than reporting $1,000 wins on w-2g to IRS?

W-2g wins within same day came to over 50,000 even though I had losses to cover this. It was still considered income now my social security disability is taxable at 85%

D. Mathew Blackburn
D. Mathew Blackburn answered on Feb 22, 2019

You have to report the W-2gs and reduce the amount of the winnings by your losses.

You cannot take those losses against any other income.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Gaming for Kentucky on
Q: What are limitations on a criminal case subpoena that I have been served in order to testify as a witness?

My court date has been rescheduled 2 time prior to being subpoenaed. It was just rescheduled again tbd. This is stemming from a hunting guide taking me onto land I did not have a permit to hunt on 2 years ago in Inez, KY. I live in Crestwood, KY.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Feb 19, 2019

If they haven’t served you by sheriff or other adult person, you haven’t been properly served and the subpoena is unenforceable.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Gaming, Intellectual Property and Internet Law for Indiana on
Q: As a 3rd-party representative, do I have any legal right to enforce copyright of the company's IP which I represent?

I am a representative for a gaming company's game. I have legal permission to use their IP and game contents and materials for my own use. However, many other entities have created illegal content using the company's IP and game materials without legal permission to gain their own profit. Not only... Read more »

Griffin Klema
Griffin Klema answered on Jan 24, 2019

Probably not, unless your license agreement expressly allows you the right to enforce, or you are the exclusive licensee. Oftentimes the intellectual property owner retains the right to enforce or license the IP to others (non-exclusive license), though sometimes there is contractual language that... Read more »

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