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Is the Scarborough Fair Melody Really in the Public Domain?

According to Wikimedia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Scarborough-Fair-Melody.png the melody to the tune Scarborough Fair (which had been popularized in the 1960s by Simon and ...
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Can I sue a multinational company from another country from which the incident happened because I relocated

My son was wrongly diagnosed with HVC (Hep C) by a multinational laboratory in my home country. I am planning to relocate soon and would like to know if I can sue from another country on a different ...
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Is it legal to produce GI tagged products without using the tag outside the tagged region

A Geographic Indication (GI) tag gives exclusive rights to use a particular name/tag to certain people/region regarding a product. Does this mean it is still legal for other people/regions to produce ...
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Can you be charged for breaking US laws abroad?

Say you commit a robbery in a country outside of the US. However robbery is legal in that country. If you come back to the USA, can you be charged?
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Over-the-border murder consequences

Two countries A and B share the border. For simplicity let the border pass along the river so that it is easily legally accessible from both sides and people from two countries can see each another. A ...
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Has there ever been a legal system without lawyers?

Has there ever been a society with a functional legal system but no lawyers? I know “functional legal system” is a bit vague, but basically I’m referring to a society that has something like courts, ...
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After getting a visa, can you walk across the US-Canada border whenever you want?

If a holder of a US passport legally enters Canada and obtains a visa, can s/he then walk across the border whenever s/he wants?
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Can Russia be sued over breaking gas contracts?

During the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, Russia has unilaterally demanded that "unfriendly countries" pay for Russian natural gas in Russian rubles, despite the existing contracts ...
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Are foreign consulates located in the United States considered foreign territory when it comes to abortion laws?

My friend and I got into a debate whether a woman could step into a foreign consulate, take an abortion pill, then leave without fear of prosecution if abortion is illegal in the State where she ...
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If your citizenship is revoked, how would it affect you?

This is a follow up question for How can I confirm that an attorney is legit? If it turns out that my lawyer used fraudulent documentation without my knowledge, I assume my citizenship would be ...
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Is FATCA really reciprocal?

Question is obviously for non-US persons. E.g German living in Germany with a US bank account FATCA is supposed to be reciprocal but I've seen reports that it is not. https://www.irs.gov/businesses/...
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How can I confirm that an attorney is legit?

There's an attorney I can use to jump through MANY hoops to get a good passport. His work he published on his website seems legit according to the translator I used. He's publishing hundreds of ...
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What is the copyright status, in the US, of the old USSR textbooks?

The textbooks published in the USSR had their copyright listed as "The Ministry of Education of the USSR." I am not interested in the "author rights." I am only interested in the ...
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Land reclamation and territorial waters

Large swaths of land have been recovered from the sea throughout history. Modern technology has allowed for bigger projects even into open sea. For example, Palm Jumeirah sticks 5 km into the sea, and ...
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What is the legal basis of diplomatic immunity?

I'm guessing there was an intentional convention/treaty on universal diplomatic protocols (is it one of the Vienna conventions?) But suppose one sued or prosecuted a diplomat in a court of the host ...
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Why can Dutch police order Binance to freeze funds of Colombian customers?

In short, Dutch police ordered Binance (cryptocurrency exchange) to freeze funds of some Colombian customers, and those customers are supposed to prove - to the satisfaction of Dutch police - that ...
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When is a war not illegal?

In conjunction with the Russo-Ukranian War, many newspapers call the war an illegal war. I figured, any war would be illegal, since an attack on a sovereign nation seems to me the opposite of a legal ...
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Trademarks & International dealings

It is my limited understanding that when a trademark is registered - It is only country specific. However in this case an Australian cafe was sued by a French culinary school due to a similar name ...
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International Cybercrime Based in China. Who's Jurisdiction is it?

Quick question... I got my crypto wallet hacked. I live in Canada. Offender lives in China. After the theft, he deposited the money into Huobi, whose HQ is also in China. I did some preliminary ...
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Can Russian TV personalities who knowingly lie about Ukrainians to promote violence be held accountable for the war crimes?

Can popular media personalities who promote violence be held accountable if their propaganda was acted upon? Could they be held accountable if they promoted violence on the behest of their government? ...
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Does the federal government of USA have any powers over functioning of ICANN

Since the very inception of the internet, as we know it today, USA had a pivotal role to play including in the management of DNS (Domain Name System). However internet evolved to be more free. However,...
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Which country should prosecute cross border criminal (gross) negligence?

This question is inspired by the second crash of the Boeing 737 MAX. I am focusing on the second crash because after the investigation of the first was completed it was clear that there was a danger ...
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If a nation rejects jurisdiction of international law, can it demand other to comply with international law?

In 2020 Putin signed a law that on Russian territory Russian law supersedes international agreements. The actual wording nullifies international agreements that contradict the Constitution of Russian ...
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Settlement of procedural disputes at UN Security Council

Article 27, paragraph 3 of the UN Charter reads (emphasis mine): Decisions of the Security Council on all other matters shall be made by an affirmative vote of nine members including the concurring ...
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Credit card charged but domain not booked by a domain registrar where should I go against an International Merchant [closed]

Sav.com had latency in the month of October. Therefore, Domains were not posted in my account, but the amount debited from the credit card. The same is accepted in written correspondence by sav.com ...
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Does the Geneva Convention apply to the party denying that the war is going on?

Suppose a country R invades another country U without declaring war and insists that the invasion is not a war, but a "special operation", aimed at liberating U's citizens from U's ...
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Where is the line between defending a city and using human shields?

The Geneva Convention prohibits the use of human sheilds. From the Red Cross: The prohibition of using human shields in the Geneva Conventions, Additional Protocol I and the Statute of the ...
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What does the Rome Statute have to do with the ongoing war in Ukraine?

What does the Rome Statute have to do with the ongoing war in Ukraine? Neither Russia nor Ukraine ratified it, but the proceedings have commenced
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Would it be legal for foreign volunteers to fight in the Ukraine?

On Sunday 27 February at 7:15 AM GMT, the BBC reported that: (source) Ukraine asks foreign volunteers to help Kyiv says it's establishing an "international" legion for foreigners wishing to ...
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Acquiring Dual citizenship [closed]

Student seeking further studies going abroad returns back to his motherland after completing his / her post graduation. I feel he/her cannot cast vote once returning back to his/her country. Can he/...
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Who has jurisdiction on an International flight in international airspace in a sexual assault case?

This question relates to a recent sexual assault case of a passenger on an airline from Newark, NJ to London, England as published at the Daily Mail. No details are available in this article as to the ...
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Projectors, White Boards & Electronic devices in judicial courts

Are Projectors, White boards and other electronic devices viz Monitor screens, Laptops,Scanners, Recording & Playback devices etc available or allowed in courts? As a example, the lawyer of either ...
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What are the best legal methods to protect one's jewelry designs? [closed]

As handcrafted jewelry producers, our cooperative has created literally thousands of original jewelry designs over the past 30 + years. What would be the most effective and practical ways to protect ...
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Is a desire for vindication a legitimate reason for a lawsuit?

I understate that a judge can often determine a monetary payment for the violation of a law. But, what if the primary motive for undertaking a law suit is to not be the fool of the other? Is it better ...
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Is there a time limit to initiating a legal complaint?

In the case of an injury that continues to affect the Plaintiff, is there some time limit for filing legal documents with a court?
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Can the US somehow "claw back" or otherwise recover some of the $35 billion in over-billing by a Singapore-based firm founded by a Malaysian national?

The BBC's US Navy officer 'bribed by cash and prostitutes' begins: Information Commander Stephen Shedd provided to the firm helped it defraud the navy of $35 billion (£26.1bn). The plea is the latest ...
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According to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court is every war between nations a "genocide"?

In the UN's Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court you'll find the definition of genocide, Article 6 Genocide For the purpose of this Statute, "genocide" means any of the ...
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Are slander and defamation the same thing?

@Dave One of the elements of slander is publication of the falsehood. The fact that people believe the falsehood and take action based upon it is part of the damages element in a slander case. Forming ...
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How is "civilian infrastructure" defined in international humanitarian law?

The Houthi forces of Yemen have launched a drone attack on oil facilities and the airport in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the strike,...
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What happens if a refugee continues to be threatened in their host country?

Suppose a person seeks asylum in a new country, like the US or in Europe. But after they get there they find that the people who were threatening them in their home country, for example as part of a ...
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If somebody anonymously falsely reports that somebody on a given address has child porn, do the cops actually get a search warrant?

Let's say that Joe hates John. Joe knows that John is security-aware and has encrypted all of his hard disks and storage devices. John keeps the decryption phrase in his head. Joe makes an anonymous ...
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Does the term "social enterprise" have a legal meaning?

There is a sector of public opinion that often refers to "social enterprise" as if the meaning of this term were well-known. Does the public understand what this term means? Or only ...
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Why there are no sanctions against head of state if his/her country violates the International law by performing illegitimate acts of war?

Assume that there is head of state that is elected in elections that are fully recognized in his/her country and that is at least partially recognized as a elected head of state by other countries and ...
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Does receiving a package establish some kind of contract?

The setup is as follows. Two private individuals sent a package across international borders via some shipping company. The shipping company asked the sender to fill out some paper work and pay fees ...
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Which country should have exclusive jurisdiction in a simple software development contract?

There's a simple contract template going around design and development communities that includes this clause: Although the language is simple, the intentions are serious and this contract is a legal ...
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About using google maps

In the terms established by the usage of Google: 3.2.1 General Restrictions. Customer will not: (a) copy, modify, create a derivative work of, reverse engineer, decompile, translate, disassemble, or ...
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Do ACAT transfers of stock positions between brokers clarify as gross amount of US source income paid or credited to account?

This will probably be a bit tricky. Let's say a non-US person holds 100 US stock ETFs in US Broker A. Then does ACAT transfer of those 100 US stock ETFs to US Broker B. Then doesn't do anything else (...
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Can one of my citizenships cause problems with investing?

As a citizen and resident of Mexico, American and European brokers are happy to take my business. But I'm also a citizen of Syria, which is sanctioned. While filling out account creation forms, I don'...
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Who has more power over the Police? [closed]

RESUME When ranking the "power"(see footnote 1) over a community, the ordinary citizen will have the least power while the local police in the respectful community (street, city etc.) will ...
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Can Francois Hollande end up before The Hague for war crimes?

Investigative reporters in France uncovered a French-Egyptian collaboration where the Egyptian military in covert aircraft struck civilians (by all indications those seeking to file for asylum in the ...
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