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Questions tagged [internet]

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Is a monthly Patreon donation\subscription, a contractual obligation to pay someone?

Let's say I have a prepaid card with a balance of 0$ and I am subscribed to a Patreon user for the recurring monthly donation of $50. Let's say I remain subscribed to the Patreon user for 10 months, ...
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Do corporations have any legal liability for XSS exploits that can harvest private/payment info?

So let's say there's a website that is made up of crowd sourced articles (let's say it's about politics). The website has users from around the world. All articles have to be approved by an editor, ...
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Downloading music using “online converters”

Is it illegal to use online converters to download .mp3 files of songs from websites such as Soundcloud, YouTube etc. You can search online for terms such as youtube to mp3 or download from ...
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Can I use an image from The Wolf of Wallstreet for a social media vacancy? [closed]

I hope this is the right site for a question like this, but I want to use an image of Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill) from the movie The Wolf of Wallstreet to use as a background for a social media post ...
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Are the irritating web site warnings about cookies an intentional consequence of European legislation?

It seems that in the last couple of years, it has become standard for web sites to have irritating pop-over notifications that their web site uses cookies “to enhance your user experience” or ...
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If you find something indexed on a search engine, is it legal to access and report that to the firm?

I found a US law firm's SQL database indexed on Google exposing email addresses, phone numbers, comments/questions of its clients. Not to mention the user database with even worse information. This is ...
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Is piracy (copyright infringement) not prohibited by law in Tonga? [duplicate]

Inspired by (lack of answers to) another question of mine. I often see sites which illegally distribute copyright-protected content (torrents and the like) using .to domain name (which belongs to ...
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Selling digital tickets who owns the data?

If I sell digital tickets in the UK using an online platform, and they provide the means for me to download that data, who owns that data? Is it the person who paid for the ticket, the platform or me ...
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Do I need permission to use Twitter videos with the embed feature?

I see news agencies always asking for permission to use user shot videos. Most of them go like this, Hi, I am from the XYZ news. Could we use your footage on our website and socials? With ...
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Why Tonga domains (.to) are not legally shut down, for websites tolerating piracy?

UPDATE: due to lack of clarity in the initial question, I have completely revised it. I, hopefully, made it more comprehensible now. I often see sites which illegally distribute copyright-protected ...
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Duty of care dilemma when reporting Web vulnerabilities to both Stakeholders and Web Service owner

Ok, I am going to ask this question with an Analogy. A Locksmith is walking in the street and comes across a door. The door seems to be well secured to a normal user and is actually a door to safe ...
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'Right to be forgotten' denied due to insufficient identification

I registered for a free online service with fake data while being underage. Years later I request to have the account deleted, using the e-mail address I registered with. However, to identify me as ...
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Heathrow public wi-fi and Data Retention Regulations

My friend visited Heathrow airport and he used their public wifi. He said that he had to provide only his name and email and got access to the Internet. He had not validated his email to get access, I ...
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Hosting images somewhere else - viable?

Say you have a website that has a gallery of many, many high quality images that you want to provide to your users. Because the images are high quality with large dimensions, their filesizes are huge. ...
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Can a platform become a publisher through it's actions?

Platforms such as social media sites are protected under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, this allows platforms to avoid liability for most content posted by its users. Publishers, on ...
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Who is infringing copyright when hotlinking is involved?

When a page at "Pirate Site" embeds images from "Example Site" by hotlinking, we have the following situation: Pirate Site isn't actually copying, storing, or manipulating anything. The pages only ...
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GDPR data portability when no data stored

My website is processing IP addresses to automatically select the language for the site, however these IP addresses are not stored in the database. Even though the visitors give consent, do they have ...
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Recreating images from video games in a stats app

I am making a Discord bot that tracks in game stats for many popular video games and I'm having trouble discerning whether it's ok or not to display these stats in a format that replicates the in game ...
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Can a city ban a person from filming in their own house?

Jake Paul was apparently banned from filming in his own LA house, and it seems like ice Poseidon, another Youtuber has been banned filming (or in his case, streaming) outside and from within his LA ...
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Who can the EU fine?

More broadly... what conditions must exist for a governmental body to enforce its laws on a foreign company? Concrete example: the European Union fined Google for what it found to be anticompetitive ...
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Can I cache content which could be illegal in the eu?

Imagine a page where users can enter an url. When they submit it the server will download the entered url, cache it, slightly modify it and serve it to the user. What if the user entered an url of a ...
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Is it illegal for a website's moderator/administrator to access your computer when you are posting comments?

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) is a United States cyber security bill that was enacted in 1984 as an amendment to existing computer fraud law (18 U.S.C. § 1030), which had been included in ...
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What is the legal structure of online “TOS”?

TOS, also known as "terms of service" or "terms of use", is an agreement entered into by a user, usually before the user is allowed to use the company's product but is it an agreement(contract), or ...
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Is it legal to pose as a competitor's customer?

If company X wants to find out information about company Y's online product, is it illegal for X to hire a contractor to pose as a customer using false details? Assuming no documents are signed, has ...
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What happens when an ISP who was subpoenaed for an IP doesn't have their IP logs anymore?

What if police wanted to find a copyright violator or someone who hacked or committed a worse crime in the United States and the ISP in question deleted there IP assignment logs. Then how would they ...
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Is it required for a website/file-sharing site to log the IP of downloads?

MediaFire claims they keep no logs of who downloads or accesses your folders. Is this legal and if it's not true, could they get into any legal trouble from it? The first image is there support ...
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Popular websites using images from other websites with a link-back to source in the credit

I've seen this happen all the time. Hugely popular websites like Buzzfeed, Scoopwhoop and several other use images from other websites and leave a link back to source in the credits. What is the ...
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Freely accessible work on the Internet: publication or public performance/display?

I have long been under the impression that making one's own copyrightable work available on the Internet for free does constitute publication for the purposes of copyright law in most/all Western ...
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Can a sysadmin ever read emails or PMs on his server, when secrecy of correspondence is in the constitution?

There is another question here that asks something similar, but apparently it refers to the US, where secrecy of correspondence doesn't seem to exist, at least according to this article on Wikipedia: ...
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Way to first publish a work outside of the US in the Internet era

Suppose that I live outside of the US and have a standalone website where I post original works created by myself: photos, articles, software sources, music etc. The site is hosted outside of the US ...
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What can happend if I am sexting with an underage girl from another country? [duplicate]

So I met this girl on the internet and I told her I am 19 and she told me she is 17. We started talking for a while and she sent me me a pic in underwear.. We started texting and all that.. we did ...
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Does an admin have the right to read private messages in social media and apply TOS?

In online communities (like forums, social networks, platforms like Stack Exchange, etc.), can a user be banned because of something they have written in a private message? If so, when does the ...
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Charging someone with theft of virtual currency

I've done some reading about gruesome tales of folks spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on video game currencies only to have their accounts irreversibly stolen or lost due to a bad in game ...
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US extradition or domestic prosecution of US based foreign cyber crime?

I’m a cybersecurity professional familiar with the extradition of foreign cyber criminals to the US. But what if the situation were flipped? Given the following scenario what would likely happen? US ...
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Is it against the policy to take automated screenshots of public data (Twitter tweet)?

I want to use headless chrome (puppeteer) to capture screenshots of Tweet DOM elements on demand. Is this allowed or will it break any law?
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Could the USA force all porn sites onto .xxx domain?

I've been working on various methods to block content from my home network and realizing all the holes in my schemes. But it occurred to me that it would be pretty simple if all the porn was on .xxx ...
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Getting one company to delete my personal information

As a customer of Resumeble.com's resume-writing service, I uploaded a copy of my MA diploma. Later, when I wrote to them and told them to delete all of my data containing information from documents I ...
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Do I have to link to the glyphicon website?

The Bootstrap homepage states : Glyphicons Halflings are normally not available for free, but their creator has made them available for Bootstrap free of cost. As a thank you, we only ask that you ...
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Why OpenBazaar is legal and Silk Road was busted? [duplicate]

I don't get it. Why OpenBazaar is considered legal and LE is ok with OB2, but Silk Road was the devil inside. Is it due the the ways it did marketing.
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How to ensure that no one can copy my app design and name

Can an application developer from outside the USA prevent other developers in the US from copying the name and design of the application? How will this work? How can a developer who has published a ...
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United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

if I used United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) for my game name and publish google play store then in this world no one can use my name to publish both App Store and google play or ...
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what is the validation of logo design?

Recently I notice two game in one is appstore and another one is google play store. but there different company but using almost same logo. My question: is there a violation of copyright?.
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Someone has nude pictures of me what can I do

Ok so my ex girlfriend took a picture of me fully nude and we broke up I guess someone got her phone and now they are posting nude pictures of me to people I know and it's really weird to exspan it to ...
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Which law in China obliges LinkedIn users to confirm their identity before using LinkedIn services?

When I connect to my LinkedIn's account from China, LinkedIn displays the following message: You must provide a mobile number as primary and confirm receipt of our text. Due to local law, we must ...
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Are memes fair use

Basically, can I find a popular meme online and use it in a video-game that I am making money off of without giving credit or royalties to the creator / owner as often these are hard to find and ...
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What standards must US ISPs currently uphold in the quality of their speed and ping?

I'm curious. After a generous amount of googling, I couldn't find any laws or codes from the FCC regarding the standards of quality regarding internet speed and access. What laws are currently in ...
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Who is the legal owner of the Twitter account?

I often see someone on Twitter saying something like: My account = my rules. And I always wonder…is this actually true? Who is the legal owner of the Twitter account? Is it Twitter or the user who ...
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Is it really possible to use Google Analytics without consent, and if so, why exactly?

I'm asking about the GDPR and the European Union. Lots of websites claim that it is possible to use Google Analytics without asking for the user's consent. Even some answers here suggest that it is ...
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Can I sue the person who posted my private email online?

I reached out to someone who runs a niche website two times about a sad personal matter that fits their niche and after being ignored two times I sent an email where I blew up at the individual for ...
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“No logs” in Switzerland and Internet crime

ProtonVPN says that their servers are in Switzerland and that: Under Swiss law, we are not obligated to save any user connection logs, nor can we be forced to perform targeted logging on specific ...