Intellectual Property Law
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hello. Copyright does not protect names, but a trademark can. So no, you would not file a new copyright for the name change, because the name does not matter for copyright purposes. Copyright protect specific creative aspects of works that are fixed in a tangible medium, so if you create an original digitized version of your own then you can copyright it.
At this stage, I would not be too concerned with overseas activities, because you need have to have a lot of resources to pursue infringement overseas. But you can file copyrights & trademarks overseas if you like to strengthen your protection.
yes, copyright does not relate to the name
the rules and written materials will be protected by copyright regardless of the medium
copyright can also protect the game pieces and board if they are original/creative
not much you can do about overseas piracy except maybe file copyrights/TMs in some countries of interest.
You cannot get TM rights in any country unless you are doing business/known in that country
phone calls are extra yes