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Why was Ross Ulbricht guilty of anything?

If I understand correctly, Ross Ulbricht created Silk Road as a general purpose online market site, similar to eBay except using Tor and Bitcoin (neither of which are illegal), and other people used ...
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Is wiki vandalism illegal?

Is it legal to vandalize wikis if the vandal doesn't use hacked accounts? Could the vandal either be prosecuted or sued?
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i just got hired [closed]

S, I just got hired to work remotely as a customer service rep. but I live in another country. the company is giving me the company equipment, such as a desktop computer and etc. I travel back to my ...
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Are these acts of impersonation without claim and sharing without proper validation on the internet illegal?

Let's say Mallory makes a video where he looks, sounds, and acts like someone (e.g. a celebrity, the president of the United States) using makeup and voice acting. In the video, he might be doing ...
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Is price parity legal in France?

Is price parity legal in France? I want to sell items on a French website which has requirements to provide the best price available. The contract includes the following: “In order to maintain the ...
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My app modifies the display of website content. Can I suggest a specific list of sites for my target audience?

I'm working on an app idea which offers users a "read view" of websites, which includes stripping the content of ads, changing font and changing the layout of sites to make it easier for ...
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Is what Lowe's Home Improvement online does legal? Can stores list items as in inventory when they are already sold to be installed? [duplicate]

I bought a dishwasher on Lowe's Home Improvement website. The site said it would be available for pickup the next day at my local store. I get a confirmation email for my order in a few minutes and a ...
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What Are Repercussion For Making Uncensorable Social Media? [duplicate]

I'm intending to make and publish an experimental platform where user-generated content (UGC) is uncensorable and permanent. Although tech promotes itself as such, like the omnipotence paradox, man ...
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Price parity clause for marketplace

We are in the E-commerce business and there is a marketplace that we would like to sell our products on. They have in their contract a "price parity clause" meaning we have to give the ...
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Why does Clearview AI get multimillion dollar fines while Pimeyes is allowed to operate freely?

Yesterday the UK has fined Clearview AI 7.5 million pounds for a string of breaches of local privacy laws. The main reason for the fine is that Clearview has never asked individuals whether it can use ...
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GDPR - asking for consent indefinitely if respondent says no, until respondent say yes by exhaustion. Confirming choices allegedly forcing behaviour?

Under EU regulation, GDPR concerns dealing of personal data and describes the different parties that are responsible for handling those data. While navigating on the internet, a pop-up is prompted ...
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Is it legal to use a chatbot as a middleman to access the Web?

In my country (Philippines) Facebook Messenger is free, without the images and video. Even if you don't purchase balance data, you can use Messenger as long as you can connect to the internet. We want ...
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Does Fluff Busting Purity violate Facebook's terms of service?

I'm getting annoyed by Facebook reels, sponsored posts, and other elements on Facebook, desiring a means to control them. The most powerful way to control what content appears on Facebook appears to ...
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Is an automatically generated link to an illegally copied file legal? [duplicate]

I'm thinking of writing a decentralized (not fully peer to peer, but I don't think that matters here) file sharing network program. Servers can inform other servers of files they have available; the ...
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Can a search engine receive DMCA takedowns? (linking to copyrighted content) [duplicate]

I have a site similar to google.com based in canada that indexes various websites online. Some of these sites link directly or indirectly to copyrighted content. I have a "torrent" tab that ...
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How much change to a company’s copyrighted picture is needed?

A picture of a slipcover on a company's website- a company's sofa will always look the same. If you had the sofa picture would look the same so how can it be modified enough? I understand you can't ...
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It is considered copyright infringement to get paid apps free?

It is a copyright infringement to use services that offer paid mobile apps for free? Various sources apparently say that is.
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Do I need to give credit to the original writer if I rewrote something in my own words?

Situation Suppose I have built a computer program which fetches articles from websites, rewrites them and posts them. Since I'm rewriting the article I think copyright law is not violated since ...
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Suit for excessive moderarion

Assume I run a site similar to stack exchange, namely no meaningful terms of service. In that case there is no restriction on behavior, any moderator can delete anything, up to and including running a ...
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Collecting statistics from online gaming and GDPR obligations

I am looking to to build an interface within a sandbox pc game environment that will allow for the collection of tabletop wargaming game stats in addition to player online ID(steam name). This data ...
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Does a website service for image editing need to be ADA compliant for visually impaired users?

I'm getting ready to launch my website for an image editing service. I had come across quite a few articles on how they need to be ADA compliant to offer service in the US without legal troubles. ...
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What are the limits of website scraping under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act?

I have read several news in the EFF's website about court appeals and fights related to web scraping. I am a programmer and have always been worried about what are the limits of scraping. Normally, I ...
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If I buy a song on Bandcamp, can I then use that song in my audio streaming website project accessible by the public?

I want to replicate this site here (note I am not a non-profit like freeCodeCamp): https://coderadio.freecodecamp.org/ I'd like to repurpose it to feature a different genre of music. To accomplish ...
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Is it possible to receive copy of deleted facebook messenger messages under GDPR?

Is it possible to receive copy of deleted private facebook messenger messages under GDPR if two recipients deleted them?
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Am I allowed to use the term "facebook" as a keyword in the <head> section of my website?

I am planning to build a Facebook-related webapp. Judging from Quora: Can I use Facebook word in my domain? and the list of WIPO cases of domains containing "facebook" I'm not allowed to use ...
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Is generating automatic requests illegal?

TL; DR; Is generating automated requests to a government site illegal in some way? There is a government site (EU/Ireland) that provides a WebChat service as a contact option. When the chat is active ...
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Is it legal to put clips/images of Eye catch of series on my website?

Hey so I was kinda thinking of making this website sort of a lookup database like website with a list of all shows and a link to all their eye catches(images or clips). I was just wondering if this ...
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Net neutrality in India

I'm confused about laws regarding net neutrality in India. However I found some information on Wikipedia article on Net neutrality in India Few excerpts from this article — At present, there are no ...
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Is bypassing Content Security Policy illegal?

In HTTP protocol, there is so called Content Security Policy (CSP) that (among other things) allows the creator of a site to disallow browsers to put the site framed inside another site. All ...
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Is there any law in India that mandates address to be published for websites that do business, specially online transactions?

Is there any law that mandates that a physical address to be published for the operators of websites that do business, particularly online transactions? There are laws that mandate a physical address ...
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Is it legal to create an app that stores a user's ID cards (on-device only), do I need to comply with any laws?

I'm (individual, not business) planning on starting work on an iOS app that will launch on the App Store that allows users to store their ID information on their device - including a photo of their ...
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Is it legal to allow users to upload their own music to an app for baseball walkout songs?

Ballpark DJ and Walkout Song DJ both allow users to upload music from their phone storage to play as walkout music or inning break songs for baseball games. BallparkDJ also allows using Amazon and ...
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Licensed use of a website's content at work

Is it legal to access and visit a website at work that states in it's terms of use that users are allowed to use the website and its content only for personal and non-commercial purpose. Do I abide ...
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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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Providing hyperlinks to another website that is publicly accessible. (UK Law)

I have a question about the ability to link to another website, either through hyperlinks alone, or by also using the thumbnail of the hyperlink. This question is specifically relating to the UK (if ...
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Legality of avoiding paywalls

Many news sites have paywalls to incentivise people to pay them for their content. There are a number of ways one can get access to this content, depending on the form of the paywall: f12 In some ...
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Can I scrape social media websites and advertise personal user information?

I have recently built a scraper that could collect user information from a variety of social media platforms, these include: Instagram, Twitter and Nextdoor. The information provided to me are the ...
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is using APIs that scrape translations and audio files from google translation website legal?

Is it legal to use an API that is based on scraping translations and audio files (of the translations) from Google Translation, for personal use? I am not sure of the terms of use of Google Translate ...
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Is a website using behind the scenes software X a "copy" or "substantial portion" of software X?

The MIT license says: The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software. Bob finds a nice piece of MIT-licensed software ...
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When does giving a false name online become illegal?

I asked this question about providing false information to a web site. The answer indicates that it is illegal to supply a false identification document even without an intent to commit a further ...
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Does COPPA ban children from playing video games online through a parent's account?

A customer service representative at Nintendo recently told me that a parent can't let their Nintendo Account be used by their child for online play without violating the Children's Online Privacy ...
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Can it be illegal to press f12 in a web browser?

There is a case in the news where a journalist identified a security issue in the web site of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education that exposed 100,000 social security numbers....
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How can a person legally create a site to download an app and profit from the site?

Does a site operator need a permission from the app owner by a contract or something like that to run a site where people pay for and download apps? If this is true how can someone get such permission?...
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Sanctions against Russia and Internet subscriptions

Sanctions against Russia become heavier by the day, and an answer to that question might not fit the situation in a few weeks. Please consider the situation as of today. Say a website located in the ...
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Is this an example of theft of service?

There is a website that offers each member one free video lesson (of the member's choice) per week. To get more video lessons per week, one needs to pay to upgrade his/her account to a premium account....
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Smart Lock Installation by Landlord

My landlord wants to install smart locks, but use my private WiFi to do so. Upon installation they said they will need access to my router. I know they have a legal basis to install the smart lock. ...
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Can big data accumalators be guilty of defamation/libel/slander?

It is currently in the news that there are accusations that the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) has been used to target individuals. As I understand it third parties, Only Fans in ...
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Is it legal to buy something online from Russia when they're currently under sanctions?

Currently (i.e., for the past most-of-a-decade), Russia is under heavy sanctions for invading Ukraine, supporting al-Assad, associating with North Korea, ignoring human rights, using chemical weapons ...
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Is it legal for an EU-based online retailer to geoblock non-EU/EEA customers?

The company I work for (based in Germany) offers online courses. The company would like to block users from non-EU/EEA countries (because of taxation complexity when we take payments from outside EU/...
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Does the robots exclusion standard have any legal weight?

There is a standard through which websites communicate to the web crawlers upon which search engines are based which pages should be indexed and included in the search results. This is called the ...
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