I'm 17 and I want to build a gambling site that uses "gems" as the currency. You buy gems through PayPal or Bitcoin and you can withdraw your gems to PayPal and Bitcoin as well. Will I run into any legal issues with this?
Online gambling is illegal in the United States under federal law. There are a few exceptions for things like fantasy sports, and licensed intra-state gaming sites. Gambling can occur without use of dollars or currency. If the "gems" have any real-world value, you run the risk of a state or federal regulator claiming that you are engaged in illegal, online gambling. Acting as a virtual currency exchange can also create money laundering concerns with FINCEN and other regulatory authorities. You should hire an experienced gaming attorney if you are serious about evaluating this business.See question
I scanned a winning lottery ticket on a state lottery app on my phone and even though it said I matched the numbers it incorrectly said I won zero dollars due to a defect in the app. I am wondering how many people threw away winning tickets becau...
I am not licensed in the state of Washington, but the law in this area (defective lottery tickets) is terrible for ticket holders. We've not found any instances where a ticket holder prevailed when suing the government on these claims. Your case may be different, but the first step is to evaluate the legal viability of the underlying claim, before determining whether to bring a class action. Seek competent gaming counsel in Washington for that initial evaluation.See question
with the sole intent of promoting affiliate links (affiliate marketing) placed on company owned niche sites for a commission. We will have no inventory; are simply referring parties on our site to third party sites; if a sale is made we get a comm...
This issue comes up often with web-based businesses. While the specific answer requires legal advice, which cannot be provided in this forum, there have been cases in this area of the country which say that businesses which operate solely in cyberspace are not required to obtain local licenses and permits. The specifics of your operation should be reviewed by a competent Internet law attorney, before a final decision is made.See question
Hi, I am creating a directory website (think Yellow Pages), where I will list the companies for the specific niche. Many of these companies are listed on similar directories as well as their own websites contain their contact information such a...
Contact information, such as address, phone and fax numbers, typically cannot be copyrighted. AVVO, for example, compiles profile information about lawyers from public sources. Unless you are obtaining and using the information in violation of some agreement you executed, a claim is unlikely. However, many sites have prohibitions against 'scraping' their data, in their terms and conditions. So legal review of your business model, and any applicable contractual prohibitions, is recommended.See question
I started working as a cam model on an adult website, I would like to know if it is a legal job or not because I will need to pay taxes so I don't want to be doing something not legal
Live webcam performances are presumptively protected by the First Amendment, and I'm not aware of any adult being prosecuted for such conduct. You should be aware that 18 USC 2257 requires that you generate and keep certain records relating to your age and the performance, in a specific manner. Consulting with a First Amendment attorney would be recommended.See question
I run a small online business. I recently started this business and there is one established competitor. He has been sending DMCA take-down notices almost on a weekly basis. He even sent a DMCA notice against the user generated reviews of my busin...
17 USC 512(f) allows a victim of DMCA abuse to sue for damages and attorneys fees. A cease and desist letter should be the first step, with a lawsuit to follow if the abuse continues.See question
Are artificial intelligence Bot will be first to market and I'm looking for suggestions on how we can create value by having the proper IP protection.
You can register the copyright to the source code used to operate the bot. You might be able to register a trademark for the brand name of the bot. If the bot has physical form, you may be able to obtain some trade dress protection. Finally, if there is any unique invention associated with the bot, you could explore a patent registration. An attorney can advise you on these IP issues, and on how to maintain any trade secrets associated with the bot.See question
I've written an article detailing the many reasons this is not a good idea. http://www.xbiz.com/articles/192896See question
I know I already asked a similar question but is sending a bra picture (no showing anything) child porn in the state for California.
Ultimately, you'll need to consider the specific state statute involved, along with federal law (18 USC s. 2256). My article on the topic might be a good place to start your research:
I'm being threatened with a lawsuit for copyright infringement. I am the owner of a one man dental laboratory. Eight or Nine years ago someone created a website for me. At that time he picked a picture that was amusing from a dental magazine...
The image that was used belongs to someone, and thus somebody owns the copyright. Getty images does aggressively pursue copyright infringers. While this may feel like extortion, the claim should be taken seriously given the statutory damages and attorneys fees that can be awarded in copyright infringement cases. Some attorneys focus on defending these Getty images cases. Click the 'Find a Lawyer' tab and search AVVO for potential candidates.See question