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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?

Tim 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.

1 Answer | Asked in Gaming for Texas on

Q: My question is an old winning Texas Lottery ticket that has more than 180 days, but less than a year; still be redeemed?


Jason Brooks answered on Aug 16, 2018

Why don't you look at the Official Rules for that state lottery board?

1 Answer | Asked in Gaming for New Jersey on

Q: I would like to inquire about taking legal action against a social media casino

I play an online casino games in which I purchase playing coins on a regular basis. I have two separate accounts and happen to win the daily race on BOTH ACCOUNTS on the same day. The casino only paid me for one win even though I provided,ample proof of BOTH my winnings. The win I was not paid for... Read more »

Jason Brooks answered on Jul 31, 2018

It sounds like you may have a legitimate claim for breach of contract, and potentially fraud, as well as a number of other claims related to unfair business practices. It'd be worth sending a legal demand letter over to let them know you're serious. An actual lawsuit may be too costly to pursue,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Gaming, Copyright and Intellectual Property for California on

Q: Making money from video games in public places.


I want to make some arcade like machines and then put those in public places where kids can drop some coins in and play. but here's the problem, the games that I would like to run on those machines are not actual arcade games, those are games released for the gaming consoles from... Read more »

John Espinosa answered on Jun 24, 2018

The owners of the legal rights of those games would probably not take kindly to you infringing on those rights and profiting from it. Their rights are enforceable internationally. Your best bet is to reach out to the owners and ask for permission to do this.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Gaming for California on

Q: Can a bar in ca offer pre packaged marajuana items from a legal dispensary as prizes in a skill game machine

Thomas A. Grossman answered on Jun 24, 2018

I don't know the answer, but I would guess that it depends on 1) the skill game machine; 2) whether the sate where the Bar is allows the sale of marijuana; and 3) whether the Bar allows such a prize to be given to a minor. That's the best I can do.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Gaming and Internet Law for California on

Q: Can I force Sony to delete my personal data in messages on their system?

The PlayStation messenger system does not have a means to delete already sent messages. PlayStation support refused to delete my messages containing personal data during a chat request. Their EULA/privacy documentation seems vague and doesn't quite explain this as far as I could understand it, and... Read more »

William John Light answered on Jun 12, 2018

Your personal data, in all likelihood, belongs to Sony. As a result, you are asking if there is a way to force Sony to delete its own property, which you consented to it giving to it. I doubt that is possible.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Gaming, Intellectual Property and Trademark for Georgia on

Q: How would I go about obtaining the copyright to an old abandoned game?

The trademark was abandoned by Microsoft in 2015, and the company that developed the game, Artoon went defunct in 2010.

And further more about how much would it cost to purchase something like that?

Jason Brooks answered on May 14, 2018

Copyright is an asset just like physical possessions. If the company is in fact out of business, their assets went somewhere (and now belong to someone, such as the original owner's heirs, or another entity or individual) following the company's dissolution. Therefore you still must have the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Gaming and Juvenile Law for Indiana on

Q: Can my 12 yr old brother get in trouble with the authorities for stealing hundreds of dollars off of someone's account?

My 12 yr old brother stole around $500 dollars using my friends Xbox account, which was linked to his mother's bank account. Could he get in trouble with the authorities for thievery? This is not the first time this has happened, he recently stole $90 from my mother's credit card on video game... Read more »

Andrew L. Bennett answered on May 7, 2018

Yes he can and it a police report has already been made will likely be prosecuted in the juvenile court.

2 Answers | Asked in Business Law, Contracts and Gaming for Florida on

Q: Hello. I would like to know if a video games Early Access statement can be considered a contract?

Their Statement on the games store page( read as such:

"You are solely purchasing the right to access the latest development build (and additional features based on your level)." (full statement viewable at the link. Too big to post here)... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard answered on May 1, 2018

It appears to be a contract, but there may be portions of the full statement which you didn't quote (I followed the link but I don't see the language you quoted) which excludes liability. If the game is in beta and you are only buying the current build, it would indeed seem to be a poor bargain on... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Entertainment / Sports and Gaming for Arizona on

Q: Can Gaming Events offer cash prizes if children enter the event?

People pay to enter a gaming event, things often referred to as "E-Sports". These events offer cash prize pools based on percentages for placement. If children are present, and/or enter the gaming event, are there laws and restrictions the Gaming Event Organizers should be aware of to avoid legal... Read more »

Carrie A. Ward answered on Apr 15, 2018

You will need to make sure the structure of your game does not trigger an illegal lottery concern. Illegal lotteries consist of 3 elements: (1) provision of a prize; (2) chance; and (3) consideration (i.e., money is paid to play). Event organizers should consult experienced promotions and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Gaming and Entertainment / Sports for California on

Q: I want to know if I can sue a mobile game app.

I believe the game uses deceptive practices to confuse and trick players into purchasing things that seem like a good buy but in reality it almost always a terrible buy. They usually show a box containing like 10 items and they tell you that you have a random chamce at one of the items. But... Read more »

Jason Brooks answered on Apr 3, 2018

The beauty (and more often, the detriment) of our American legal system is that anyone can sue somebody for anything -- the more pertinent question to ask here is: Do I have a *legitimate* lawsuit against this mobile developer for their allegedly unfair/deceptive business practices? To that, the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Entertainment / Sports and Gaming for California on

Q: I own a gaming website that blogs and reviews to promote gaming companies.

My question would be am I allowed to take my own in-game screenshots and use these images on my websites to avoid copyright infringements or violations? I have scoured the internet to find a reasonable and safe way to use images from big game titles. If this is not allowed are there any way... Read more »

Carrie A. Ward answered on Mar 27, 2018

You will need permission from the gaming companies to use images of their game that you are using in a promotional context. Taking screenshots from your own game and then using them for commercial purposes is not advisable.

1 Answer | Asked in Entertainment / Sports and Gaming for New York on

Q: Is it considered gambling for players to put monetary wagers on skill based games?

If 2 players decided to make a bet on which one of them was better in a skill based video game (online chess or League of Legends) is it considered gambling even though none of the results are controlled by luck?

Carrie A. Ward answered on Feb 25, 2018

It is illegal when there are 3 elements present in the contest: (1) prize; (2) chance; and (3) consideration. In the scenario you describe above, the element of chance is missing in the equation.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Gaming, Intellectual Property and International Law on

Q: How can I start a business online with 50 people from around the world?

Live in Toronto, Canada.

Founded an independent video game studio communicating online and file-sharing. 

Many are in USA, but people help from countries all over Earth.

"Staff" information is together, but I wonder what is possible in terms of a company. 

We... Read more »

Richard Sternberg answered on Feb 17, 2018

Setting it up right from the start matters, and I need to know much more information to get it right. There are many complex choices based on guesses as to future facts. The cheapest, easiest answer is a C-Corp and giving out stock, but, as you can afford it, you want NDAs, Employee Stick Options,... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Products Liability, Gaming and Small Claims for Texas on

Q: I have a guy my PlayStation 4 to fix a couple of months ago. It's been two months can I call the authorities

He says he has it but he keeps blowing me off with lame excuses.

Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Feb 5, 2018

This is probably not an issue of criminal law. If you released the item to him voluntarily it is not a crime ... unless there is some reason to question the effectiveness of your consent. For example if he tricked you in the first place and never had any intention of fixing it, then it could be... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Gaming, Intellectual Property and Trademark for Utah on

Q: If trademark is registered as board game (Goods and Services is: Board games) would it be enforceable under video games?

Andrew Zulieve Esq answered on Jan 31, 2018

Possibly. The respective goods or services need not be identical to one another, only sufficiently related such that consumers would be expected to encounter the respective goods or services under similar buying conditions.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Business Law and Gaming for California on

Q: Question about "Customer Appreciation Giveaways"

I am a small business owner and sell a product for $150 which my customers are very happy to get. If I wanted to (without any additional purchase required) do a Customer Appreciation Giveaway to 3 out of every 200 customers of mine, would I be breaking any laws? As far as I can tell since I would... Read more »

Julie King answered on Dec 22, 2017

Just avoiding the use of the words “raffle” and “sweepstakes” doesn’t help your situation one way or the other. The law would look at the way the contest operates. If people have to buy something in order to get a chance to win, it’s generally considered a lottery, which only the state... Read more »

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