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Questions tagged [european-union]

For questions related to legal systems of European countries and to legal harmonization in Europe, especially in the context of European Union law.

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First amendment law and Facebook posts, posted by non-Americans

Since I have researched the topic quite a bit, but failed to find satisfying answer that I was looking for, I will ask it here. I think my question opens at least, very interesting debate. In 2014 ...
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UK: Is it legal to secretly audio record a meeting or a phone call? Is it possible to use such recording in court?

In the United Kingdom: Is it legal to secretly audio record a meeting (in an office) or a phone call while being a participant? Is it possible to use such recording as an evidence in court or ...
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Is it legal in the UK to give different prices to different users, for price optimisation, using A/B testing

I'm the CTO for a startup that is about to launch. We have a monthly subscription plan, and we are not sure what price to set it at. We have done some rough analysis, but we are considering using A/B ...
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I'm a US citizen opening a business in the EU: where do I file taxes?

I'm opening a business via the e-residency program with Estonia. I am a United States citizen and reside there, as well. Who should I file taxes with?
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Micro businesses in EU selling electronic goods, how to comply with EU VAT regulations?

According to EUVATACTION Key Facts the business is among other things required to: store personal data securely for 10+ years calculate taxes for every EU country based on client's location as ...
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Under Irish law can the Gardaí give a person's statement to a 3rd party government department?

I have an Irish law question. I have tried to get a few solicitors to answer it but they seem unable to give me a concrete answer. I'm hoping someone on here can help or point me in the right ...
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What happens if I don't accept cookies?

Due to the so-called "cookie law", websites that are owned in the EU or are targeted towards EU citizens are now required to prompt users to store cookies. Most often this takes the form of either a ...
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What protections exist in the European Union against discrimination in an educational institution?

For those who aren't familiar with it, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act ("504" for short) is the U.S. law that protects the civil rights of students with disabilities at institutions that receive ...
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Can it be dangerous to forget your passwords?

Suppose I travel with my old notebook, where there is a lot of old stuff on hard drive, including the contents of the disk of my previous computer, including parts of disk content of my computer ...
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Use material without permission for educational purposes

For a school project I created a website. The website is public, therefore anyone can access it if they know the address. On my website I use images that I don't have permission to use. (Found on ...
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EU Data Retention Directive and the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill 2015

Was the EU Data Retention Directive ever transcribed into English law? If so, the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill 2015 would appear to be somewhat moot?
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How does Brazilian Law work in relation to a European/foreign father having to pay Child Support?

I am soon to be the alleged father to ex Brazilian girlfriends baby who has moved home to have the child. I will not go over there until I get DNA test, then I will consider signing Birth Certificate. ...
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Obtaining British citizenship through naturalization as EEA citizen

I am Lithuanian (EEA European Economic Area Citizen) and have lived in UK for 5 years. My wife is Lithuanian too. First proof of me being in UK is my NIN appointment (I had to be present in UK) that ...
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Any legal consequences using existing free product available for everyone

First of all, I want to say that my language used in the question might sound vague and incompetent, because it I'm not familiar with legal terminologies even in my native language. I have an idea ...
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Is everything between me and my lawyer confidential?

From the law point of view can I tell my lawyer EVERYTHING knowing that he is NOT allowed to disclose anything I tell him including crimes I did in the past or crimes I am planning to commit in the ...
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Can I make fun of VW car company in a game?

I'd like to make fun of a company in a computer game (obvious parody/satire/etc.). Let's say I change the logo, so it's a "WV" in a rectangle instead of a "VW" in a circle and change the companies ...
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Returning goods bought online in Poland as foreigner

I am a Czech national living just at the Polish border. I want to buy a laptop online at Polish online store called Morele.net. The store offers the goods to be sent to a Polish post office for pickup ...
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What is the VAT policy for nonEU company with EU customers?

Say there is an offshore (Belize, Seychelles) company that provides some online service (like antivirus) Their service is subscription based which means that users pay for membership on monthly basis ...
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Military Conscription in Denmark

It's against gender equality to draft men. But it is part of the constitution. Is there any possibility to "attack" the constitution by going to a judge? Isn't gender equality part of the EU law set, ...
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Am I allowed to store data of EU citizens as an Indian company?

We are a company based in India and are frequently being visited by people from overseas. Due to the recent safe harbour developments, are we allowed store data of EU-citizens on a cloud server ...
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Fair use of text snippets in a dictionary

If a dictionary (about the use of scientific terminology) includes snippets from several sources, would an authorization be needed from each copyright holder? Each entry in the dictionary would ...
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Can teens travel alone in the EU?

I am a Slovak EU citizen. A bunch of my friends and I are planning to go on a trip to the UK for 2 months when we are 15. Our parents are fine with it, but are concerned about whether or not this is ...
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How to report a sham marriage in Sweden

It makes sense to reject a sham marriage (marriage of convenience) arranged solely for the purpose of admitting foreigners to EU on false claims of "anknytningsperson" (loosely speaking "connected ...
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Rules for Pseudonoyms?

What are the rules for pseudonyms, especially when used online? May I use a Ph.D. in my alias even if I don't have one? May I use a royal title in my pseudonym? Could I be sued for it and what would ...
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Illegally crossing Hungarian border

Recently I read this article with the following quote: But Hungary acted this week to stop the huge flow of people, sealing off its border with Serbia with a razor-wire fence and making it a crime ...
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Does Wassenaar Arrangement on the transfers of arms and dual-use goods and technologies apply to security training?

Does the Wassenaar Arrangement on the transfers of conventional arms and dual-use goods and technologies apply to IT security training? Does it apply to IT security training on exploitation ...
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Legality of “Version x or later” licenses

A standard way to license something under the GPL, is to grant a license to the "GPL version 3 or later", meaning that the recipient receives a license under the license terms of the GPLv3, or at ...
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Cheapest country to form a business within the European Union [closed]

I am a Greek (freelancing) software developer interested in forming a company to be able to legally invoice my clients. Crazy taxes in Greece prohibit myself from running a company in my own country (...
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Is it illegal to sell malware?

Is it illegal to produce and sell malware? If no, is there any data I need to collect on the customers? Is it illegal to produce and sell Crypters(programs that hide other programs from antivirus)? ...
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Is it legal to drive a vehicle with the driver wheel on the opposite side?

A few years ago I was in Belgium for a music show. Given that the singer was famous, people came from other countries, including buses from the UK. Naturally the driver seat on an UK registered bus is ...
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Selling stuff online + fundraiser campaign questions (EU)

Let's say I have a friend who owns a factory and makes rings and necklaces according to my unique design (1000 pieces order minimum). I want to sell them strictly online, and I'm sure that I won't be ...
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Why does browser cache not count as copyright infringement?

My browser is saving a copy of the web pages I visit on my computer. How is that not copyright infringement? in this answer I read: I would hazard a guess that displaying an HTML webpage online is ...
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EU spam legislation Spain, which action can be taken and to whom?

Me and hundreds of other people are receiving a unsolicited emails from a major Spanish based airline. They seem to not have an unsubscription feature and when contacted they refuse to delete emails ...
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Does EU consumer law apply on products purchased in the EU but used abroad?

A product (computer) was purchased in a EU country, from a EU retailer, by a EU citizen, and paid for from a EU bank account, but is currently being used outside the EU (in Asia) because the owner is ...
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Can embedded software be patented in the EU?

I know that no software can be patented in Europe. But what if I use software in an electronic board, and introduce that hardware? Can that be patented?
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How ironclad are businesses's terms and conditions?

I was wondering how binding my websites Terms and Conditions are. I specify a few things there, including a return policy and terms of use. I am in California. I'm starting to sell to the U.S. and ...
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What is a “printed computer program” from a legal perspective?

When asking a computer scientist, I received a clear answer: does not exist. However from a legal perspective, "printed computer programs" do exist and a can be chosen as a class for CTM registration. ...
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Website Partnership contract between two countries

I'm wondering what the general laws binding international partnership contracts are? For example, if the two people involved resided in different Countries what sort of legal issues would that arise? ...
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Since when is CAN bus mandatory for new vehicles?

The CAN bus Wikipedia page states that: CAN bus is one of five protocols used in the on-board diagnostics (OBD)-II vehicle diagnostics standard. The OBD-II standard has been mandatory for all ...
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Do I as a European Union citizen have the right to watch TV shows outside my country and download in my country?

In the UK, it is possible to download TV shows in the UK and watch them afterwards outside the UK. http://iplayerhelp.external.bbc.co.uk/tv/watch_outside_uk I would like to know if this is based on ...
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How to register a descriptive European trademark?

The trademark "TEXT TO BUY" is descriptive and non distinctive trademark. It is descriptive for an obvious reason: it exactly describes the service it is a trademark for. It is a service "to buy" and ...
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Can a company handle paying taxes and other bureaucracy work for a freelancer

Pardon my terminology. I'm very much not a lawyer, but I used to watch Ally McBeal as a kid, so I think I got the hang of this. This is actually a subset of a vastly larger problem, so the ...
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Does the European Commission have jurisdiction in the U.S.?

When U.S. corporations want to merge or are subject to acquisitions (for example Oracle acquiring Sun Microsystems in 2009) it seems they must seek approval from the European Commission --- which is ...
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How does the EC Regulation on Insolvency Proceedings address cooperation between between EU and non-EU insolvency courts?

In particular, I am curious how the EC Regulation on Insolvency Proceedings addresses issues with cross-border corporate groups. The UNCITRAL Model Law contains provisions on the cooperation of ...
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Can I waive my statutory rights?

I've noticed that Steam has recently added this bit of text to its review and confirm page: By clicking the button below to proceed you agree that Valve provides you immediate access to digital ...
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How far does fair-use apply for a source that contains several critiqued resources?

As far as I'm aware, if you're writing an article on a movie (or something similar), you can use screenshots and such from the movie to illustrate your points under fair use law. Example: Under fair ...
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Intra-community civil actions in the EU

'A' (in an EU member state) contracts with 'B' (in another member state) who then breaches the contract. Can 'A' sue 'B' under some harmonised community-wide procedure? If not, in which state does 'A'...
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What kind of ownership do I have over articles I wrote?

So, a few months ago I was working for a big blog and then I resigned because I didn't want to write any more articles for them. Some of the articles were original and a few were translations by me ...