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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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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 Copyright and Gaming for North Carolina on
Q: Couple questions about famous people likenesses and names can or can't be used in a video game.

I’m going to be releasing a video game soon and since I’m likely going to charge a small fee for people to download it I’d like to answer a legal couple questions just to be on the safe side:

1. Is it legal to use cartoon likenesses of famous/living American politicians or Hollywood... Read more »

Will Blackton
Will Blackton answered on May 5, 2017

1. Is it legal to use cartoon likenesses of famous/living American politicians or Hollywood actors in a video game? (artwork is original, my own)

It's certainly legal to do this *with the permission* of the person, or the permission of whoever may own the rights to their image and likeness....
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