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To what extent can actors use characters they've played?

Dean Norris, who plays DEA agent Hank Schrader in Breaking Bad, offers personalized videos on Cameo. For about $500, you can pay him to record a personalized video message. He donates the proceeds to ...
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Can a ban from a venue be nullified by subsequent admittance?

Bob was expressly told by an employee Emily of a business to never return to that location. A month later, he returns and Emily advises her colleague Colleen the Bob has been banned. A year later Bob ...
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Is there a legal reason that organizations often refuse to comment on an issue citing "ongoing litigation"?

In news articles, I often read that some organization refused to comment on an issue because it is the subject of "ongoing litigation". This is also mentioned in many guides on public ...
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Can selective assertion/enforcement of legitimate rights be discriminatory?

A shop exists where a tonne of shoplifting takes place by people of all races. But the security guard only calls the police on the black shoplifters. A pawn shop gives collaterally secured loans to ...
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How can you tell if an application author or user is the one controlling or processing data?

Say I produce a tool that a user can enter a bunch of personal data into to accomplish some task. Say I distribute it as an EXE file or a web site or an app, but the tool does all its thinking and ...
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Can a person plead guilty without being charged?

If a person has committed a crime punishable by a fine and was not caught, but wants to pay the fine for moral reasons, is it possible to plead guilty and pay the fine without being charged with a ...
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Is it illegal to tell others to commit crimes?

There's "conspiracy", which seems to involve cooperating on a crime, and "solicitation", which at least in some jurisdictions is written to require that specific actions ...
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What happens to large hauls of seized illicit substances, how are they disposed of, and how do we know about adherence? [closed]

Millions of pounds worth of cocaine bricks have recently washed up on the shores of Sussex and were seized by police. What will ultimately happen to these? Will they be destroyed? If so; then how: ...
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In which parts of the world is it legal for a registered member of one party to run for/hold office as another party?

I learned that Mazi Melesa Pilip, a registered Democrat since 2012 who campaigned to fill George Santos' vacancy ran as a Republican. I was confused since this would have been impossible in my country....
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Legal definition of a "criminal record"

This news article starts with: One in three Americans have a criminal record, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Simply being arrested, even without a conviction, can lead to lifelong ...
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Is there any protection for sellers with mislabelled items?

Suppose Alice buys a car from Bob. In the case the car was stated in the advert as the top of the range model but was in actuality the model below badged as the top one Alice would have some ...
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Is it legal to keep products I never ordered that were delivered to my residence?

If I ordered a box of paper from Amazon but I got 10 iPad Pros from them instead, can I keep it without notifying or returning them? If it wasn't a product delivery but instead a gift or a letter sent ...
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Work-for-hire unpaid: who owns the IP?

Suppose X is a software developer, the only employee of sole proprietor Y. The contract is oral, "build an app like (famous app), earn $wage per week". Laws breached by this are outside the ...
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Can damages be claimed for the value of items already recovered by other means?

Alicia stole Bob’s £2000 Segway and puts it up on eBay. Alice sees it on eBay for quite cheap (let’s say £150) and decides to buy it on a whim, which she does. She suddenly then finds that she must ...
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Can damages ever/typically be assessed for unrealised, yet wrongfully-inflicted risks?

Alicia and Bob live together as a happy couple, until one night they break up and Alice throws all of Bob’s stuff onto the curb while he is still out. He comes back to find it all there, but she didn’...
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What does unauthorised mean in regards to access to web sites? [duplicate]

The Computer Misuse Act 1990 makes it an offence in the UK to try and access programs or data on computers when that access is unauthorised. As I understand it in the US the Computer Fraud and Abuse ...
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Are data controllers required to acquire the means to appropriately redact data for disclosure to subjects?

Bob appears in CCTV footage that is held by all of ACME, BCME & CCME, but also features Alice and Charles. He requests access to the footage from all of the companies and receives three different ...
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Who is the data controller of footage taken on a retail worker’s personal phone?

An on-duty retail employee draws their personal smartphone while in uniform and commences recording a customer. Who is the data recorded and held/controlled by, for GDPR purposes? Does the customer ...
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In what jurisdictions is there a “duty to assist“ others in distress?

Apparently in the U.S. there is no duty to assist others, no matter how grave their plight. In what jurisdictions is this not the case?
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Does discrimination law apply to prostitutes?

Bob is a male prostitute who only services female clients. Charles is a homosexual male who would like to solicit his services, but Bob being straight and so finding this proposition unenticing, ...
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Has no-fault eviction of residential tenants ever previously existed, even in places where it no longer does?

In England this didn’t previously exist until being introduced under s21 of Thatcher’s capstone legislation the Housing Act 1988. This applies to England and Wales until it was superseded in the ...
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What consequences could there be for Robert'); DROP TABLE Students;-- when he grows up?

I think it's obvious that Little Bobby Tables's mom has broken the law. Let's assume this is his legal name and does not break any naming laws; it's still probably illegal, because she obviously gave ...
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Does the doctrine of contra proferentum apply to court filings as well as contractual terms?

Where there are ambiguous or contradicting terms appearing throughout the text of a contract, it is customary to interpret it in a way that is most contrary to the interests of the party who has ...
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What is the closest equivalent to criminal compensation orders in other jurisdictions?

In the U.K., or at least in England, if Bob is convicted of a crime of which Alice is a victim, Bob may be ordered by the court at sentencing to pay to it on Alice’s behalf a sum representing losses ...
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Does spamming violate ethics rules for attorneys? [closed]

Fairly often, lawyers (or people claiming to be lawyers) post advertisements as answers on Law Stack Exchange questions. Sometimes they include an actual answer to the question (usually written by ...
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Has anyone ever been acquitted of trespassing or another crime because a property sign did not say "POSTED"?

It appears that the word "POSTED" on private property signs is, in some jurisdictions, legally significant. Has anyone ever been acquitted of trespassing, or any property owner lost a ...
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Is the GNU GPL v3 patent license grant valid in space?

The GNU General Public License v3.0 includes a patent license grant (emphasis added): ... Each contributor grants you a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free patent license under the contributor's ...
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What are some examples of reasonable steps that may be taken to ascertain sexual assault complainants’ consent?

In Canada and perhaps other jurisdictions, an available defence for sexual assault accusations is that the defendant can show that they had taken reasonable steps to ascertain the complainants state ...
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Is this sexual assault or any other crime?

A scene from the film Derailed often invites comments to the effect that the depicted tactic is a good way to end up in the back of a police car. (In it, a man bets a woman he can kiss her without ...
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Did Alice commit a crime in bending over and spreading her butt cheeks after suggestively propositioning anal sex to Bob?

Bob rides up to the front of a bar where there is a heater lamp on his moped to quickly check some things on his phone on a night out in soho, where a couple of young women happen to be standing. One ...
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Can a person commit a racially/religiously aggravated or hate crime against their own group?

E.g.: Can a black person be convicted of crimes that are racist against black people? Can a Jewish person be convicted of crimes that are deemed antisemitic? To be clear, this question is about ...
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Rapid oscillation of lighting on a house -- is that protected speech?

With all the Christmas lights in my neighborhood, I was wondering if rapidly flashing lights counts as protected speech. Is there any relevant case law on this? As for the speech the rapid lighting ...
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When is a polite euphemism a binding command?

Bob is eating in a café and is approached by a manager who says to him “if you don’t mind, I’m going to have to politely ask you to leave.” Bob nods in acknowledgment at what was said, but, as he does ...
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What was the origin of procedure rules?

I’m guessing that they started out much simpler and more rudimentary than they are now, before which they were probably non existent and it was just a case of a Lord of the court admitting parties of ...
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What is the significance of “good faith”?

It’s a term that before I began getting interested in law I always had a vague/general lay understanding of and associated with law. Since I started reading about law I have never encountered a ...
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Is it illegal to simultaneously run instances of a software more than I physically own?

I own old gaming consoles such as the Nintendo DS. The consoles have aged significantly and they have a hard time recognizing legit cartridges, so I dumped the contents of dozens of carts on a 3rd ...
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Must Waitrose modify its free coffee machines for Barbara?

Waitrose has a policy of giving one free coffee from an automatic dispensing machine per day to its Waitrose card holders if they make any other purchase using their MyQaitrose card. Barbara suffers a ...
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If the reigning monarch in a constitutional monarchy commits serious offences like terrorism or mass murder, are they really immune from punishments?

Answers for the UK especially welcome but any modern monarchy likewise. What would - or could- happen to King Charles if he went on a rampage and shot up a school and then went and planted/detonated a ...
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Do data controllers have fewer obligations to self-represented data subjects than to their solicitors or insurers?

Bob makes a data protection request to a data controller who tells him that they are unable to comply with it and that he should therefore have his solicitors or insurers contact them. Do these types ...
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Are there typically any provisions in systems or succession that nullify a successor’s claim to the position if they off their predecessor themselves? [closed]

Suppose Prince William killed King Charles, would he still become king? Was this historically the case in the UK or other monarchies? Or if Kamala kills Joe?
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Would it be legal to supply an item that deliberately stops working after the guarantee expires?

I have TV that failed about a week after the 3 year guarantee expired. Obviously this is annoying, and I'm back to using a 15 year old TV that I dug out from the attic. Realistically, this failure so ...
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When has Law Stack Exchange been cited in legal filings?

I remember seeing one case in which a legal filing of some kind referred to a post on Law Stack Exchange, but I don't remember where it was. What was the document?
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What is the situation when a computer "agrees" to a contract without the explicit knowledge of a human?

My understanding is that web site terms and conditions are a form of contract. To form a contract a "meeting of minds" must occur in many jurisdictions. There are many situations where a ...
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Spending overpaid stipend instalments

Bob was a student and received a stipend grant for his living expenses whilst doing research at an academic institution for post-graduate studies. He came to rely on these for his monthly living ...
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Can psychiatric illness factor into the question of guilt?

Imagine a patient suffers from Tourette’s, which causes them to involuntarily swear and shout epithets (for example, sexist or racist slurs such as the n-word). In the U.K., this is very likely to be ...
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Can a court’s decision be copyrighted?

See this page: If the citation column does not include a hyperlink, then copyright restrictions prevent BAILII from publishing the judgment (missing cases may be available on other commercial/...
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Does the English or the American rule prevail in Canada?

In English rule jurisdictions, the general principle is that loser of a case pays the costs on an indemnity basis. In American rule ones, the norm is that each side bears their own costs. Which ...
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What is consent?

Interested in any jurisdiction, and in fact especially interested in seeing comparative perspectives between different jurisdictions. Is it: a mental state of not objecting or even enthusiastically ...
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Does ownership of an abandoned/lost item at some point “revert” to the person who has found it?

Omar left his jacket in a pub and Alice picks it up after he left and chased after him, but by the time she got out and looked around on the street, he was already on the bus that rounded the corner ...
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If one person's illegal act causes another person to unintentionally commit an infraction punished by a fine, can the second person sue the first?

Suppose that Bob steals Alice's wallet, which contains her driver license, from her purse. She does not notice that he did this. Alice, thinking that her wallet is still in her purse (she has no ...

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