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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 answered on Mar 12, 2019

There are a number of state statutes on gambling.

Many of them are available here:

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 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 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 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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Gaming, Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Indiana on

Q: Are any game mechanics from the Yu-Gi-Oh Trading card game patented?

Would creating a digital card game with some mechanics that are similar to Yu-Gi-Oh violate some patents? Specifically, one shared mechanic is that the "field" or playing area is divided into 10 zones in 2 rows for each player, with "creature cards" placed in the front row, and other cards placed... Read more »

Peter D. Mlynek answered on Jan 2, 2019

Well, I think that you are correct in worrying about Konami's intellectual property. As far as patents go, Konami has over 1100 patents on various gaming devices and methods. I imagine that some of them cover Yu-Gi-Oh!

I don't know which patents cover Yu-Gi-Oh!, but the patent numbers...
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1 Answer | Asked in Gaming and Intellectual Property for New York on

Q: What can I do to make this business start legally the right way?

We have a video game in the making based off of a TV show. I know there are copyright issues since we’re using the same characters, but what can we do to prevent that? We’d like to start a kickstarter campaign after we’re done with 35% of the game and start monitoring. How would we work... Read more »

Peter D. Mlynek answered on Dec 25, 2018

This is a very common question. Many bloggers and fans of shows or movie stars get really discouraged when they get cease & desist letter from the shows/stars lawyers.

Your situation is even more problematic: you are trying to raise funds, and then sell products and make money off the TV...
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2 Answers | Asked in Gaming for New Jersey on

Q: Can I get casino license if completed PTI for 3rd degree promotion of gambling. case dismissed upon completion

This occurred 12 + years ago

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Dec 20, 2018

You won't know the answer until you apply however I would think you would be dismissed.

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Gaming for Indiana on

Q: I have to warrants for missing court for driving while suspended they are from 2016 can I get them lifted my job said

I could get it lifted and have a scheduled court date to go pay fees my job is with the casino and before I start I have to go to the gaming board and get my finger prints done so I will be in front of the state police

Andrew L. Bennett answered on Dec 6, 2018

Having the warrants recalled (lifted) really depends on the court. However, it is very unlikely a court will recall the warrants without you having an attorney. If you go to the court to ask you will be taken into custody. Hire an attorney who is familiar with the court system where your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Gaming for Texas on

Q: I rented a 1,000 sq ft room conected to main house by an outside hallway to main house. After signing a 2 month contract

After the tenant signed a 2 month contract he set up a illegal 8-liner withought my my notice or concent.

Being that the room leased to the tenant is connected to main house by an outside hallway will i be held liable. When the Sheriffs department comes down on him . Who will be held... Read more »

Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Oct 4, 2018

Generally, illegal activity allows a landlord to invoke eviction rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Gaming and Social Security for California on

Q: Will they find out I’m underage by matching my real ssn to my fake California ID?

Hit poker jackpot for $1300. I am underage and used fake id with all my real information to claim jackpot money. Used my real ssn on w2g form. Will I get caught that I’m underage? Can they tell I’m underage with my ssn? What should I do next.

Dale S. Gribow answered on Sep 27, 2018

more info needed.

it would be speculation on my part since i handle DUI and Accidents.

maybe contact a local lawyer that deals with this issue.

your appearance would be more of a tip off than SSN

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Gaming for Indiana on

Q: My mom has dogs and they peed on my game systems and it fried them I was wanting to know if I could press charges on her

T. J. Jesky answered on Sep 22, 2018

First, you cannot "press charges," only the local prosecutor can "press charges." You do have a civil case of "conversion" against the dogs. However, that is not going to help you very much. There is no question that you are upset; however, you have few legal options. The legal costs to pursue... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Copyright and Gaming for California on

Q: How would I go about obtaining ownership of this trademark?

I have interest in potentially claiming this trademark for the purposes of licensing it to video game developers. What steps would I need to take to obtain ownership?

Timur Akpinar answered on Sep 19, 2018

If you're looking for input from a trademark attorney, the question might be more likely to be picked up by posting it in the Trademark section.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Gaming and Sexual Harassment for Pennsylvania on

Q: I need help with a 'red flag' I was targeted for over 3 years now

Cary B. Hall answered on Aug 20, 2018

I think I speak for all the participating attorneys here when I say that MUCH more information is needed from you before any attorney can even begin to offer any helpful advice.

Can you give us a lot more facts to describe your situation? Thanks in advance.

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