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License plate photo blockers

I know in some, if not all US states, that blocking your license plate from being read is illegal. There are companies that sell license plate blockers. Granted, none of the products actually work. ...
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What to do about Fake Positive Reviews

There is a company that I have run into that had a sudden review surge. In each of these 20+ reviews, they, as in individual accounts, review a combination of the same places having reviewed by an ...
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May I claim fair use for public commentary of a political ad?

Preface I am not a legal professional I know that fair use is such an ambiguous area. Hypothetical Scenario I want to publish (online) a marked up copy of a political candidate's campaign ...
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Is a modified version of a trademarked slogan considered infringement?

Since it's not the exact trademarked slogan, it seems the answer would be straightforward - but I've learned that trademark/copyright law is anything but. If the phrase, "Float like a butterfly, ...
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My college changed my major without my consent, can I sue them?

I am a college student at a new University located in Mauritius. Before I applied, I checked on their website the list of major offered. I saw: "Electrical Engineering" which was one of the main ...
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Restrictions on advertising new products to existing customers

Lets say a new software product is sold to us customers only. Are there any U.S. laws against or restricting advertisement of the company's new products to existing customers (for example, as a banner ...
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Can you advertise against another product using domain names?

Suppose your competitor is about to release a product. Can you technically build a website with a domain name that includes their product name, such as www.get-productname.com www.better-than-...
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Can I display an ad on YouTube channel(borderline pretending they are a sponsor)?

So I have begun display ads for "The Dollar Shave Club" and "dbrand" on my Youtube to make it seem more like an official Youtube channel and because I like these companies. I understand there are "...
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Legal principles in refusing to pay advertised reward for return of lost item if it was returned without knowledge of the ad

Say person X lost his valuable item and advertised a reward for the return of it. Person Y, who knew X personally, found the item before reading the ad, and returned it to X, who just thanked Y for ...
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Movie title translations in violation of trademark?

In my country (Israel) it is quite common practice to "translate" the title of a movie in such a way so it becomes extremely similar to the title of some past successful movie within the same genre/...
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What might be illegal about a company using deceptive phone calls to establish a contract and seeking payments under it?

I have recently been encountering an organisation whose mode of operation is to dupe members of venue staff into "agreeing" to have their venue advertised "online". Subsequently a bill arrives for ...
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Would a search engine be allowed to prioritize their content?

I notice that when I type anything into google, google-related searches appear first. I know this is probably not what's happening, but it begs the question, could a search engine prioritize its own ...
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Can I use photos from my current job to promote my own business?

I am self employed but work for a company that does seawalls. I am the foreman and do all the work with the help of one or more of my boss' employees. Can I take a picture of the work I do for him ...
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Is O'Reilly Media engaging in false advertising?

Background: I own copies of several fairly expensive paper books published by O'Reilly Media. One of my primary reasons for buying these books instead of alternatives from competing publishers, was ...
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Classifieds site's responsibility for user content

Say there is a website allowing users to post ads/classifieds. Every ad includes the poster's contacts details (however, there is no guarantee that they are genuine). Now, user U posts an ad ...
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Can I compare my product to another brands similar product on my website?

I have a product that is better in some ways as the competitors product. To show my potential customer why it is better I would like to compare my product with the product of a competior so he can ...
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How can a restaurant, Old Homestead Steakhouse, continue their false claims of selling Kobe beef?

About a year ago, Inside Edition reporters first revealed that two high-end restaurants in New York City, La Bernardin and Old Homestead Steakhouse, were serving beef that they claimed to be Kobe beef,...
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When is making and selling “snake oil” illegal?

There's an interesting story in the news lately about a company selling "Bio-frequency healing" stickers, made from "the same material used in NASA space-suits", that supposedly heal us using some ...
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For movies and tv series why is it okay to make a false advertisement by saying “This is a true story” when it is actually not?

In every opening scene of Fargo Season 3, it says that: This is a true story. At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told ...
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Would fair use apply to the usage of Pac-Man within a QR code?

I thought I was rather clever putting Pac-Man and the four ghosts within a QR code for my business card, but I started thinking about the inherently gray copyright laws that I admittedly know too ...
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Suing for time and transportation costs

In the case of selling goods on classified ads (particularly in the US on websites like Craigslist), can someone bring a lawsuit for lost time and cost of transportation if the described items are ...
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What does “paid endorsement” mean?

I've seen a lot of YouTuber personalities claim that "this is not a paid endorsement", and I'm wondering if this is just legal phrasing that's akin to answering "Have you ever been convicted of a ...
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Can companies be held liable for people attempting to imitate advertising stunts?

I own a small apparel company that operates an e-commerce shop. Our target demographic is young adults, and as such our brand and marketing material features an edgy and cool style. A lot of our ...
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Is it legal to put competitor name in commercials in USA?

I saw Google Ad showing "Wikibuy Beating Amazon" on website. Website is US Based & also I am using USA Net Connection. Is it legal to put competitor name in commercials in USA?
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“Like Facebook, only better” - Can I legally use this in marketing?

"Like Facebook, only better" - Can I legally use this in advertising for my website. Is it possible to do so without getting sued?
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Putting up a “we're closing!” sign illegal?

There's a store near our home that has the "We're closing! Everything must go! Huge discounts!" Sign. It has been on their store for at least 6 months. Is it fraudulent or illegal to make such an ...
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Is it legal to restrict rental advertisement to local principles only?

Being a landlord, I discovered years ago that there are a lot of marketers trying to sell lead lists posing as someone who is relocating. The problem is this, my rentals are in a tiny town that no-one,...
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How does a paid endorser avoid conflicts of interest?

Suppose you are a blogger and you write about the products and services of Company X. You are being paid by Company X to do this. How do you avoid conflicts of interest in the process? I would ...
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Can a US passport be used in advertisements?

I recently saw an ad on facebook using a picture of a passport, and it seems a bit fraudulent but I can't any law restricting the use? So, is this allowed or are there certain cases for which it is ...
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Is the modification / removal of service by a private organization during the term of service illegal?

Suppose an organization have advertised to provide multiple services throughout the course of a year. Each service is sequential, one begins as the previous ends. The organization has advertised that ...
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Is it legal to grab content from other websites?

Let's say a website A is selling a product X online (or at least via their website). Then let's say two other websites B and C are also selling that product online. Now do you think it is legal to ...
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How is trademark infringement in online ads regulated internationally?

I am currently studying intellectual property law in Norway and I am looking for some help with an assignment. I am wondering about online infringement of trademarks. Here is an example: An online ...
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Is it legal for an apartment manager to put advertisement stickers on my mail?

I'm in the US (North Carolina) I live in an apartment complex with 13 separate buildings that house around 700 total residents. The standard way that we receive packages that are too large to go into ...
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Is it legal, to use open-source project names on an ad?

I have a plan to make a team and develop web sites, servers, games to customers. Of course, there will be ads on local TV, newspapers. So, my question is: Can I use Open Source project names on my ...
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Why is the trade name of a drug always written in all caps, even when the wordmark isn't?

One thing I've consistently noticed in TV commercials and other marketing materials for drugs is that the trade name for a drug, especially a prescription drug, is almost always written in all caps ...
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What recourse do I have against commercial use of my image?

Somebody took photos of my wife on a treadmill at a gym without her permission. One of those photos appeared a week later in the local paper in an advertisement for a car dealership. Subsequently my ...
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Is it legal to run site like AdFly from India?

I want to run url shortener website with pay per click feature. Just like adfly, linkshrink and shortest. But Indian government is blocked adfly in India with some ISP's. When I open AdFly website I ...
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Is it fraudulent for an extension like adblock to still count as an ad impression for content creators

tl;dr: A Programmer writes a web browser Extension to download ads but not display them. The effect is that Sites accessed through this extension get to charge Advertisers for the ad being served, ...
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Can a restaurant or retailer be held to “posted” prices?

I walked into a fast food restaurant in New York City where a large poster in the front of the store advertised a new dinner special for $6.99. That was quite a bargain so I went to the counter and ...
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Who is legally responsible for malware delivered through an ad on a website, the website or the ad network?

Forbes recently started to block people who use an adblocker from accessing their website. The irony is that only a couple of days later, the ad network they use started spreading malware, ransomware ...
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Why are manufacturers allowed to make false claims about memory capacity of thumbdrives?

I have a number of thumb drives and hard drives. One hard drive I bought was said to be 2TB but its actual capacity is about 1.8 TB. A couple of thumb drives I got say they are 16 GB but on the back ...
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Legally displaying another programs icon

I'm making an app which controls other applications. I am displaying different program icons to identify which application the user is controlling. I never save the icons or distribute them. The app ...
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Can the original price mentioned in a discount be anything?

I wonder whether when a business advertises a sale or discount, the displayed original price can be anything, or it has to be the actual price when there is no discount. Example on Groupon: or ...
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Can a business owner make untrue statement about the performances of their business on their website?

Example: a law firm advertises on its website that 99% of H-1B Visa Application they fill are accepted. Is the law firm legally bounded to state the true number, or can it state any number they feel ...