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Is posting in blog format notes from out-of-print book where some content is original and other content is copied word-for-word illegal?

The out-of-print book is Commutative Algebra by Matsumura. For example, you can't buy it on Amazon. I take notes, solve the exercises, but sometimes in my notes (typed) I just copy word-for-word what ...
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In congressional hearings what law/policy dictates how to record Connectivity Issues? Is law aware of lag in timing? What Legal Analogy is precedent? [closed]

"Connectivity Issues" being the heir apparent language I've heard used in the tech community to describe if/when you experience lag, latency, from literal computer fires all the way to not ...
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Gathering software performance statistics without permission

Let's say that I have software available by Web UI. I would like to gather performance statistics, how well my code works on users' machines. Network speed, FPS, etc. Very technical stuff. Most ...
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Clicking ads as a form of protest or boycott

Would it be legal to click on ads on the internet, as a form of protest or boycott, making the advertisers waste time, money, or resources for something that you are not actually interested in? What ...
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Can choosing a username with corporate terms be a violation of the law?

I recently answered this excellent question on the Software Recommendations SE: Method/Software to rename multiple files in ascending numerical order regardless of file type? I just noticed the ...
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Enforcing academic integrity in light of Chegg's terms of service

According to Chegg's terms of service, No materials from the Services may be copied, reproduced, modified, republished, downloaded, uploaded, posted, transmitted, or distributed in any form or by any ...
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Legal status of js code on web-site

Normally, every code, distributed to be run on user machines, come with a license. If you do not agree with a license, you can't run a code. Moreover, license clearly states responsibility of the ...
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Is it allowed to “copy” a website design? [closed]

For example, I really like the designs of Google pages. Google offers Material.io with which you can design this really similar. Is it allowed to design your own website very similar to another?
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Online Freedom and Viewpoint Diversity Act and retweeting with comment

The bill Online Freedom and Viewpoint Diversity Act (OFVDA) would, if, passed, amend CDA 230. It includes the following text: RESPONSIBILITY: For purposes of subparagraph (A), being responsible in ...
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Is it against Riot Games Worlds Pick'em contest rules to collaborate with others in predicting the result?

The contest in question is the League of Legends Worlds Pick'ems. Entrants are to rank teams in order of winning probability for both virtual and physical prizes. As there are a limited number of ...
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what can be done to find out how to see who owns a gmail account and facebook account used to slander me

I was the subject of an ABC news investigation against a unlicensed psychologist, the episode aired april 10th 2019, ABC attempted to interview the psychologist on april 8th approx 2:pm, less than an ...
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Which kind of lawyer does a hacking and spying victim need? [closed]

In the event that someone hacks your devices in order to let people on the internet spy on you every day, which kind of lawyer do you need to attack the situation? Based on what's being done and how ...
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Is it illegal to refuse to fix a hacked website?

Suppose there's a website or a server that has been hacked. There is no personal data stored anywhere, so there hasn't been a real data breach, because basically there's no valuable data to steal at ...
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Who owns the work created on freelance platforms like Fiverr?

Imagine this scenario: I go on Fiverr and hire an artist to create a piece of artwork for me. Everything went well, the artist created the piece, I'm happy with it and I paid for it. Now, who owns the ...
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I notices I'm overcharged in Internet in Australia. Where to complain?

I have subscribed to an internet service in Australia and they overcharged me. They are not following laws. I have found a few resources to prove they are in wrong. https://www.business.gov.au/...
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“Personal ideas” website: using contributions from readers freely

Let's say I'm thinking about an unsolved mathematical problem for a hobby and I draw some conclusions of my own. I'd like to make these ideas public, allow anyone to use them absolutely freely (even ...
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Delete another user's account using my email address

Let's suppose I have an email account: user@example.com. Then, some other user signs up on a third-party service with email-based login with my email address (by mistake or not) and then I receive a ...
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Is getting money from advertisements like Google Ads considered a commercial usage?

Suppose I write an article on a blog that has Google Ads installed. Then, I use an illustrated image with a non-commercial use only license. I make money from advertising in my blog, not selling my ...
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Does GDPR consent notification apply to access points intended purely for maintenance?

Suppose I have a publicly available interface, intended to be used exclusively by me or my employees for the purposes of maintenance, e.g. an SSH server. Since I am processing user's IP address when ...
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Giffy's website content and copyright law [duplicate]

I was wondering how a website like Giffy doesn't have any copyright problems, or trials from movie and tv-show productions offices, since it generates milions of dollars of incomes with small parts of ...
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Is it Cyber defamation and cyber insult crime to talk about someone else in the private chat?

So me and my friends had a group chat and we were talking about someone not in the group chat. We gave her some funny nickname but we never said it publicly. It was all in the private group chat thats ...
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Can internet providers use navigation data for advertising / profiling?

My internet provider knows which sites I am connecting to (even if only the server names, when using https). Can they legally use that information for profiling / advertising? For instance, if they ...
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Is it illegal to make an account on 'DarkNet' marketplaces (which provide illegal goods for purchase), but not actually make any trades?

i know this might be a goofy question, but i wanted to ask here, i am thinking about making tutorial videos on tor because it fascinates me, and i wanted to find out if it's illegal to create accounts ...
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What exactly is banned if the US TikTok and WeChat bans go into effect?

On August 6, 2020, President Trump issued two executive orders, EO 13942 banning TikTok, and EO 13943 banning WeChat, in 45 days if they are still owned by their original companies (as I understand it)...
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Using an openload server for free [closed]

So, I want to make my own website for watching movies and TV shows but not in English but in my native language. So I was wondering is it legal to just upload videos from the openload server or some ...
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When do I need an impressum?

I have found this statement here. "The Impressum is legally required on all commercial websites published in German-speaking countries" What does this mean? If I publish a website, then it ...
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How will Trump ban TikTok? And are there any restrictions on these mechanisms being arbitrarily applied to other companies?

Whats happening? Recently, the Trump administration has announced their intention to ban the popular social media application TikTok. The Trump administration claims this is on the grounds of national ...
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Does the US president have the authority to ban TikTok?

Donald Trump, the president said that he wants to ban TikTok. Would such a ban violate the first amendment? If not does he have the power to act via executive order or does it have to go through ...
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A question about being owner of forum

I want to create a forum, which is devoted to a videogame, but I have a law question. What will happen if some user posts an illegal content? Am I responsible for it? I don't want to hire moderators. ...
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Do I have to pay taxes if I register the domain but the website income belongs to someone else?

If I am the registrar of the website domain name, meanwhile the website/business is running and registered in another country, who is obliged to pay taxes for the income of business, me as registrar ...
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Law regarding licensing database of publicly available factual information

Some friends and I were working on a startup and we plan to consult with actual lawyers before moving forward. We want to get a list of company names in an industry and we found firm that as a ...
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Is a website for “exchanging” fan-fiction works legal?

I want to make a website where fan-fiction writers will write a story based on a prompt given by another, and said "another" will in exchange write a story based on their prompt. In other ...
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IP addresses in criminal cases

Are IP addresses enough to convict someone of criminal activity? So for instance, if someone was using their home WiFi network, which would have one IP address, then they use their mobile network ...
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Can I get flight prices from airline websites by screen scraping them, and publish them on my website?

I am planning to create a website comparing flight prices. I am concerned about the legality of obtaining data from airline websites by screen scrapping them. The terms and conditions of these ...
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Are online retailers breaking EU/US law by using user's log-in information to charge different prices without explicitly notifying them?

I am aware that in most places firms are generally allowed to price discriminate, i.e. offer different prices for the same product to different customers based on personal characteristics. For example,...
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Is the game company required to help and take actions for a player who got scammed in the game for virtual currencies?

According to the answers in this question, you are legally responsible when scamming someone for virtual goods in a game. However, in most of the cases it is very hard to actually get any information ...
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Is it illegal to link to a copyrighted file?

Is it illegal to link to a copyrighted file, even if it was uploaded by the owner (with an publicly accessible URL (with a password in it) but with no intention to make file downloadable by anyone)?
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Can I use Mario or other similar assets for a banner on my website?

My graphic designer sent me a banner for a gaming website that has Mario on it. He's not the focal point of the banner, but still is clearly visible. My website doesn't sell anything, but makes ...
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Legality of Embedding Games From Other Websites On My Website [duplicate]

Is it legal to embed flash games from other websites on my website? So far I've only embedded open-source games with MIT or similar licenses. What if a game on another website doesn't have any license ...
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Can I flight check-in on someone’s else behalf?

I am not sure if this is the right place to post this and if not please guide me to correct forum. I am building a software that’ll help travellers with their flights. It’ll auto check-in to the ...
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Same name in social networks, same product, different country, changed it as soon as it came to my knowledge, untangible goods

I started a business reading tarot online, using a Facebook and Instagram page. My attempt was to do this bilingually. At the time I started it I didn't know there was another woman in another country ...
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Are there any legal repercussions for writing open source code that ends up being used as a botnet? [duplicate]

For example, there is a whole project tutorial on how to build one, as well as plenty of examples of people writing their own. If open source software (such as the above) was taken by a bad actor and ...
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Legality in earning a money tip for searching some files in the Internet

I am interested in knowing if it would be legal to earn a money tip from people that wanted me to search some files in the Internet (books, series, movies, etc.). My question refers to the action of ...
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Perma-Banned from game for offsite comment - is that legal?

a friend and I play a pokemon-browsergame, which also offers monthly subscriptions for premium currency and benefits (=real money invested). We are also on a discord server with some friends, where we ...
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Software as a service invoicing

Does anyone know if it is a legal requirement to send out invoices for SAAS subscriptions every time you take a payment from customers? Or is it enough for users to be able to simply log on to your ...
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Is a terms & conditions generator good enough for my website?

I am currently in the process of setting up a website which will include affiliate links to vendors for various products. I've been looking into the privacy policy and terms & conditions that i'...
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Is writing articles by fixing Google Translate Copyright Infringement?

I am currently looking for documentation for software in a non-English language, but there is only documentation on the software in English. In order to help other non-English speakers, I decided to ...
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What legal conditions do I have to meet to open an open source website?

I'm working on a website for a pretty long time and in the close future I want to open it into the public. The problem is, my website collects personal data and cookies which (in my country - Poland) ...
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Does a hyperlink to a privacy policy have to be available after the user agrees?

A website that deals with personal user data is legally bound by CCPA Privacy Rights and GDPR Data Protection Rights. The user must agree to the privacy policy before the website has consent to share ...
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Downloading free software directly from my website

is it legal to have free softwares like VLC and Chrome to be download directly from my website? where the user would click o the icon for VLC for example and get the installer download without having ...

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