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What's to stop domain registrars from price gouging renewals?

Scenario John Smith launches a social media startup called Turquoise Cow. He buys the Internet domain name "turquoise-cow.com" from GoDaddy. The price is $20 per year. Years later, Turquoise ...
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What do I do if someone post images from your profile of your child on their profile? [closed]

I was interacting in a debate/argument with someone on Facebook. They decided to go to my profile and take the images I was using for my profile and cover photo as well as another that included my ...
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Billed as a result of automatic renewal, can I, as a EU citizen, get my money back?

I signed up on a seemingly reputable website for making resumes and was prompted to enter a 7-day paid trial in order to download and use the resume I already made in the web app. Now, after 7 days, I ...
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What decentralized services does the Online Safety Bill impose duties upon?

On Tuesday 19 September the Online Safety Bill passed its final Parliamentary debate and is now ready to become law. This is expected to happen imminently. From wikipedia this law applies to: Within ...
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Who is breaking the law if a child engages in the gig economy?

There is a news story about children working for delivery apps that describes the practice as "illegal". The exact details are not clear, to me at least, so suppose the following ...
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What are the legalities of web scraping in Pakistan?

I couldn't really find much useful info about it online. One thing that seems to be somewhat useful is this reddit post but it doesn't contain any sources. Is web scraping legal in Pakistan? If yes, ...
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Can the federal government prohibit the publication of software it does not like?

There's a bill scheduled to pass the House today that imposes a $5,000 fine every time someone updates TikTok from a web service you provide. (It's not clear to me whether this only applies if you are ...
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What are the risks (if any) of not having terms and conditions and a privacy policy on a web app?

I'm making a web app which: is a personal project, is open source, is completely free, doesn't have any kind of login system (users can't create accounts), doesn't collect personal user data, doesn't ...
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Can I use the MIT license as Terms and Conditions on a personal project

I'm making a web app which: is a personal project, is open source, is completely free, doesn't have any kind of login system (users can't create accounts), doesn't collect personal user data, doesn't ...
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Is it legal for internet service providers in the EU to severely and systematically undercut advertised bandwidths?

I have a new mobile data plan with a contractually agreed-upon bandwidth limit of "up to 3 Mbit/s". To my knowledge, the "up to" only accounts for unavoidable reductions in ...
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Can I be held liable for a client's private file upload? [Bad Question]

I posted a question on Code Review (link below) on whether a webpage that takes a client's file and then displays (mirrors) it back to them (only stored as a temporary file, and only returned to the ...
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Is it permissible for online forums to not delete possibly illegal user content unless ordered by a court?

In the United States, as some related answers point out (like this and this), Section 230 (47 U.S.C. § 230) protects online forum providers from both civil and criminal liability for user content they ...
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Can a school force me to use cloud services I don't agree to?

I am currently studying and my school only allows certain cloud services from a third-party for assignment submissions. I do not agree to the TOS of such cloud services (cloud storage services) and ...
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Web scraping legal question

I am based in Germany and have a question regarding web scraping and how this is legal for existing sites. Two examples: google.com they have a search engine and scrape the internet. They do not only ...
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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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Legal liability of websites for text produced by chat bots such as ChatGPT

To what extent is a website hosted in the US legally liable for the output of an AI chat bot? For example, if ChatGPT produced the phrase: kill yourself and OpenAI distributed this phrase to me over ...
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Is it okay to create an application that stores youtube & spotify links with showing the thumbnails of the content related to the links? [closed]

I am creating an app where users can save the links of the contents they like in the app. The app fetches the thumbnail image of the related content and shows them along with the length of the content ...
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Section 184 of the Canadian Criminal Code and Foreign Actors

This is inspired by recent events, but I will not be naming names. My understanding of section 184 is that people in Canada are allowed to intercept communications by any means provided that they ...
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When does transmitting something create a copy of it?

If I send a bunch of Internet packets containing the bytes of a copyrighted work to you, privately, is a "copy" of the work being made? And if so, by who? Say we're talking about a song. ...
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How to prevent legal issues when allowing anonymous users to upload arbitrary content?

A website like https://cloudconvert.com allows any anonymous user to upload arbitrary video/audio/file and convert it to another format. It seems to save the file temporarily for 2 hours before ...
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How would one go about a DBA on the internet?

AFAIK a DBA (Doing business as) needs to be for the target market, not for the place of the business. If I'm wrong, that's that. If I'm correct, then how would one who is selling over the internet to (...
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Is there a specific law protecting undersea cables?

It is in the news that the Yemeni republic are saying the Houthis may target the undersea communication cables that run through the red sea. Shipping is protected by specific international treaties ...
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Why aren't foreign VPN companies forced to keep logs?

This link explains the inconsistency with what VPN services consider 'logging'. Certainly, there is no way for us to verify their claims without an extremely rigorous independent audit. But even that ...
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GDPR compliance - Font Awesome

I am building a simple website and therefore wanted to avoid worrying about GDPR compliance by simply not processing or tracking any user data. However, when investigating my only third-party service &...
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Can the criminal records of a person who has died be expunged?

Suppose that someone was murdered in Arizona, but resided in California. Prior to their death, this person had been convicted of misdemeanors and felonies. Can the executor of this deceased person's ...
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Is it legal for one email service provider to send emails using the exact identical email address of another email service provider? [closed]

Question - Is it legal for one email service provider to send emails using the exact identical email address of another email service provider? This happened to me in the last 3 days. The two ...
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Workloads on Flux Cloud, who is accountable / responsible for any kind of content hosted on the platform?

I recently stumbled across the https://runonflux.io platform which promises to host decentralized web applications by distributing the workload among many individual locations / distributed nodes. &...
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how do public vpn service providers avoid being liable for illegal activity of their customers

There are tons of VPN service providers that allow VPN connections for some little amount like 5-15$ per month. Imagine a malicious person using some of these services to hide his cyber-criminal ...
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Is "elektronische Post" (§ 5 Telemediengesetz) necessarily email?

§ 5 of the Telemediengesetz (German) lists what, for instance, website providers have to include in the typically called Impressum of the website. The second sentence of (1) is: Angaben, die eine ...
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Does the DMCA takedown procedure apply if the original work is not online?

I am referring to this situation: document B is alleged to infringe the copyright of document A. Document B is hosted online (as I believe is necessary for the DMCA to apply). Document A, the original ...
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Is there any case law which prove that two natural person sign a contract on two different day

Is there any case study of a natural two person can be signed a contract on different days
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What is the situation when a computer "agrees" to a contract without the explicit knowledge of a human?

My understanding is that web site terms and conditions are a form of contract. To form a contract a "meeting of minds" must occur in many jurisdictions. There are many situations where a ...
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Would it be possible for someone to modify a form on a website and then claim that they didn't have to agree to the ToS?

Let's say that there's a form on my website that lets the user create a new account. Then let's say that the form has a checkbox labelled "I agree to the Terms of Service" and it is ...
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Web scraping of an online dictionary [closed]

1.I made a web scraper of an online dictionary. It scrapes and saves to a text file definitions and examples of sentences of words in a list. I want to make this scraper publicly available on GitHub. ...
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Can I create a "business website" without registering a business or DBA?

Let's say I want to create a website where customers can order custom chairs. I've got a brand, a name, a logo, etc. Do I have to register the business first before publishing the website? There's ...
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US: Can a website with a contact form but no privacy policy get sued

I've seen business websites where the founders are literally lawyers, and their websites do not have a privacy policy. Their websites do have a contact form where users enter their email, message, ...
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How to get user data from Foursquare/Swarm under GDPR?

Is there a way to download all my contributed check-in and reviews data from Foursquare/Swarm? The foursquare.com doesn't seem to have a way to log in with the old foursquare/swarm credentials. Isn't ...
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EU law - Ignoring revocation of access rights after completing the task [closed]

I would like to ask you very nicely for advice related to IT security and law. As a freelancer, if I provide a one-off service of programming to modify an information system, I will always ask the ...
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Are vigilantes actions on DDoSing child porn sites illegal?

There still exist many illegitimate child porn sites on the web. Some vigilantes organized and DDoS those child porn sites, typically because they think the government is inadequate to seize the ...
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Does GDPR require consent to collect non-personal information?

If a website never assigns a user a unique identifier, does the website need to get explicit consent from the user before collecting non-personal information? Examples of non-personal information that ...
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Is it legal to access open wifi networks without permission

Let's say if my neighbor keeps his/her wifi-network security open and my wifi settings are set to automatically connect to open wireless networks as they don't need any key to access. Then ...
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Does an official US Government website (e.g. house.gov) prominently posting information known to be false for several weeks violate any US laws?

At about 00:55 in CNN's McCarthy still listed as speaker on House website. Correspondent has theory why in response to the US Government website house.gov still listing Kevin McCarthy as Speaker of ...
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What rules determine jurisdiction on the internet?

It is in the news that Clearview AI has won an appeal against the UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). The reasons for judgment are here: Clearview AI Inc v The Information Commissioner [2023] ...
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Is ad blocking assistive technology?

Say I run a website. I put ads on my website to make money. I program the web site to refuse service to people who do not actually display the ads, since they make me no money. Then I have a user come ...
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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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Is a website of embedded youtube videos (including screenshots and written descriptions) copyright infringement? [duplicate]

I'm thinking to create a website to curate a list of top youtube recipe videos... I would embed the youtube video itself (properly according to youtube's own guidelines). I would list out the ...
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What would be required to prosecute a person attempting internet fraud in Nigeria?

I've recently been emailing back-and-forth with a spammer from Nigeria. Background: After he spammed RPG.SE, I decided to have a little fun emailing back and forth with him Here's a transcript of our ...
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Can I set a fee for using my web site, and later collect it?

If I set terms of service for my web site, visitors to my web site agree to them when they use my web site (beyond, presumably, the usage technically required to obtain the text of the terms). It is ...
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Is scraping an iCal link legal?

TL;DR: my university says my app is illegal Since our university doesn't have a mobile app to check our schedules, I created one that does the following: Opens an embedded web browser (in app) and ...
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Is it legal for a 19 year old or a 20-21 year old to view internet porn?

I'm curious to know is it legal for a 19 year old or a 20-21 year old to view internet porn, is it legal or otherwise?

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