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What is the legal mechanism by which the GDPR might apply to a business with no presence in the EU?

My family has a small side business selling some things through the internet. As far as I know, we aren't likely to have any customers who are EU citizens, but it's certainly not outside the realm of ...
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In which jurisdictions outside the EU can the GDPR be enforced?

The GDPR is a law the EU passed requiring businesses, even foreign businesses, to protect the privacy of EU citizens. Now of course, the EU's jurisdiction is not global, but the EU does have treaties ...
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Which country's jurisdiction applies on YouTube channels?

When a video is uploaded to YouTube, it is visible to the rest of the world, meaning YouTube displays it everywhere. Does this mean all countries' law applies to it? If the videos are in English and ...
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Under which law the person who commits a crime on the moon gets prosecuted?

I can understand that if an astronaut attack an other astronaut inside a spaceship he/she will have to answer to the law of the country which owns the ship but what if the attack happened on the moon?
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Claiming my own country

Let's say one day, as I sail across the pacific, I come across an uncharted island. This island is not anywhere near the borders of existing countries. It is unoccupied. Can I put up a flag on the ...
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Sexting and age

This question is about sexting (a person sending a sexually explicit image of themself to a recipient by electronic means). When can the recipient get in trouble with the law if the person sending ...
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International sexting: how often is sexting overseas prosecuted? (Please read details)

I am asking for someone dear to me. This will be a hypothetical example. Hypothetically, if a 19 year old male (living overseas, say in Turkey) sexts/exchanges nudes with a female who says she is 18 ...
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Is there any way to find out if a deceased person owns properties across the United States?

My wife and her two siblings had an absentee father who recently died of cancer. He left their mom for another woman about 12 years ago when they were all still children. They hadn't heard much from ...
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As of 2020, have any GDPR-related court judgements been successfully enforced on companies without presence in the EU?

The GDPR has been in effect for 2 years now and theoretically applies to any company on the planet which deals with personal data belonging to EU residents. But practically speaking, enforcing this ...
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Is it possible for non-EU companies to avoid GDPR regulatory issues through filters and firewalls?

Background Most internet feeds are unfiltered. Everyone who has ever rented or set up a server knows malicious traffic comes in from all over the world, including the European Union (but mostly from ...
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What is the relation between Trademarks and Domains?

For what I have read here, I understood that if I buy a domain of an already registered trademark (in which country, by the way?), I might have a problem at hands. But it is not clear to me what ...
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What would prevent me from creating my own nation?

Somehow related, but different: Claiming my own country Is it "legal" to buy a piece of land and claim it to be another country than before(either inventing a new one or migrating it to an already ...
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What happens if a piece of Literature falls within the Public Domain in one Territory but is Copyrighted within another Territory?

I am considering the use of some literature, for use on products on an e-commerce site. For the most part, the literature is classified as being in the public domain. Thus, free of copyright. For a ...
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Tried for a crime committed in another country

I want to ask whether a country can try a citizen (or a PR) for a crime not committed under their jurisdiction, provided that such country has no extraterritorial jurisdiction over its own citizens or ...
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Which jurisdiction applies in a vessel?

Consider an aircraft registered in country A. On a flight operated by an airliner based in country B, it carries passengers on a flight from country X to country Y. The flight path overflies airspace ...
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Do international sanctions have an impact on Open Source Software?

Background Recently I was reading about embargoes and sanctions on Iran (also this link) and before Sudan, and it got me thinking about how they could impact Open Source Software. Sanctions being ...
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What happens if you break a law in another country outside of that country?

Let's say I wanted to deliver a book that is banned in Bob's country. This book is not banned in my country. I understand that if I go to his country to deliver it, I may get arrested, because I'm ...
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Which state has jurisdiction in a case of a murder in an airplane?

A murder happened in an airplane flying from country A to country B when crossing above country C. Who will have jurisdiction? Bonus question: What if countries A, B and C are members of the ...
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Excluding all people from the EU from my blog - is this allowed?

There's a new law from the European Union I simply cannot comply with (GDPR). Its way to complex, not even big companies can comply with it. I also don't know what google does with the data from my ...
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Does legality of an computerized action depend on user location or computer location?

Now of days it's quite easy to have a computer in a completely different part of the world from where I'm located that I'm working on. This makes me wonder how 'criminality' is defined if the laws of ...
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Counterfeit vs. pirated goods

What is the difference if any between pirated, contraband and counterfeit goods? "Smugglers usually smuggle contraband into and out of a country for commercial gain" a shipping line can as well be ...
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What makes a court able to assert jurisdiction over another sovereign state?

I just read this news where a US federal judge ordered North Korea to pay $500 million: Judge Howell ordered the payment, and wrote: "North Korea is liable for the torture, hostage taking, and ...
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“Impersonating” a government agent for an Alternate Reality Game

Say I'm creating an alternate reality game where I want players to be contacted by an FBI agent through email. Ideally, in order for players to remain immersed, the email would appear to be actual ...
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What is meant by 'place of first publication'?

I am currently trying to get my head around the various Laws and Regulations, surrounding Copyright and Public Domain, when it comes to Literature. My initial question opens the discussion, where ...
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Using international waters to provide illicit activities near a country

Let's assume I have a ship flagged in a country where certain activities are legal but are not in most of other countries (like, for instance, drug use or prostitution are in Netherlands). Let's ...
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In USA, does private property go right up to the international border?

I was out hunting with a friend yesterday, and the land we were on borders Montana. We were keeping on the North side of the barb-wire fence we assumed was the border, but then we found one of the ...
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Can I be arrested in my country's embassy abroad?

I am a Syrian refugee who escaped a war! In my country I am considered to have broken the law by doing this. I live in Romania and need to visit the embassy to renew my Syrian passport, as they ...
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Does the Universal Declaration of Human Rights override the United States Constitution?

Does the Universal Declaration of Human Rights override the United States Constitution when it comes to the rights of civilians?
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Can online business in one country deny access via terms of service to entities in another country?

Can an American company state in their terms of service that if an entity is from a designated country they are not allowed to use the service? In other words would that be a legal and enforceable ...
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For HIPAA, Does US Patient Data Have To Stay On US Servers?

For an application that stores US patient data, does HIPAA require that US data stays on US servers?
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How to effectively search laws?

A common answer to problems and situations includes researching your state/country's law to check what are the consequences of a particular action. As a layman, it is difficult to do this research ...
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Is the illegality of an action constrained to a country?

John is a citizen of country X. Doing action A is illegal in his country. He travels to country Y where action A is legal (officially legal, that is codified as being legal, not merely tolerated) and ...
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Has article VI or VII of the Outer Space Treaty ever been invoked?

Article VI of the Outer Space Treaty states States Parties to the Treaty shall bear international responsibility for national activities in outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, ...
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Should a foreigner have a US-based company to sell through Amazon cloud-based warehouses?

Let's borrow and expand on Can a foreigner setup an unstaffed company in United States?. Everyone knows that you can rent computing resources from Amazon.com in the cloud, but not many know that they ...
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Is it ever legally beneficial for a third party to use symbols indicating intellectual property (©, ℗, ®, ™, ℠)?

Background This question on Academia SE asks whether one should append a trademark symbol to trademarked software in academical writing, e.g. “Mathematica®”. In the answers and comments (e.g., here, ...
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Rabbinical courts in Israel throw people in jail?

A rabbinical court in Israel on Thursday sentenced to five years in prison a man who for years has refused to give his wife a divorce. ... In Orthodox Judaism, a marriage cannot be undone unless the ...
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Can a country put a foreign criminal on trial, without catching them?

I'm thinking about a few scenarios here. One scenario is a Pablo Escobar scenario, or a Don Eladio scenario if you're a BCS fan like myself: A drug kingpin operating outside the United States, ...
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Is criminal prosecution of asylum seekers who entered the US illegally a violation of the Refugee Convention?

The United States is a party to the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees, and Article 1, paragraph 1 of that protocol incorporates Articles 2-34 of the 1951 Convention Relating to the ...
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Is it legal to use icons from other companies in my app?

For all intents and purposes, if I were to develop an app that provides a service relating to already existing services, how legal would it be to download and use the third party's icons in my app? ...
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Can suits be filed in small claims courts from overseas?

I often see freelancers suggesting to other freelancers to use the small claim courts to get paid when the client is in another country. Already with the small claim court, there's a maximum amount ...
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Amazon 3rd party seller shipped me a book in US which clearly say “For sale in Indian subcontinent only”

What legal options do I have if an Amazon 3rd party seller shipped me a book in US which clearly says "For sale in Indian subcontinent only" ? I'd like to get a US edition book and get some ...
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How to protect my idea in another country?

I have an idea about possible creation of a product that in my opinion would be on demand among smartphone users. I have found a potential company In Switzerland and I think about offering them my ...
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Company advertising something $100 cheaper than it is

A company is advertising a product on Google for $44. However, after going to their website, I found that the product is $130. After contacting them, they said in the TOS they state this: Product ...
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Protection of a person from the laws of the country (marriage in Israel)

If a person is a citizen of the country that prohibits or limits his right to marry, what are the legal ways for this person to protect his/her rights to marry? An example is Israel that prohibits ...
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Can this contract be valid without any signed agreements and who owns the product?

I'm trying to figure out this scenario - Company X (US based company) agreed to do a Joint Venture with an individual (let's call him B, he's non US citizen) to create a software product. X were to ...
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What does the 9/11 bill mean for foreign governments?

Congress is about to pass a 9/11 that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue the Saudi Government. Does this open a 'Pandora's box' where other foreign governments like Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, ...
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Would Google's Alphabet Inc. have any rights to alpha.bet?

If you own a "Google" trademark, then your sunrise rights to "google" in any of the newly proposed generic TLDs would likely be quite straightforward. However, what about domain hacks? There appears ...
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Can I sue a company in another country in small claims court?

I live in NY State. I bought a skype type language course on line. The salesman who sold me the course said I could pay monthly and stop anytime I liked, even thought the course had a one year ...
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Can I be sued for warning of a potential crowdfunding scam?

Note: I don't seem to find any pertinent tags (such as "crowdfunding" so bear with me if the tabs are not correct) I recently got of (potential) scam from a (successfully funded) campaign on Indieogo ...