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Is reverse proxy considered as a form of “public mirror”?

The Anaconda repo states that: Public mirrors of this are not allowed without express permission from Anaconda, Inc. If someone builds a public reverse proxy to https://repo.continuum.io/pkgs/ , ...
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Is it legal to launch a phishing attack for educational purposes?

Currently I'm doing a internet security-related research for education. We've planned to make a public free WiFi and make a phishing website to phish login credential. We've use Facebook as our first ...
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Does Mojang break the law with restrictions in their EULA for Minecraft?

Minecraft is a world building game that is produced/sold by Mojang AB. Minecraft may be played both offline (local data) or online (connecting to a server). Minecraft's EULA says that you may not ...
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Resolving issues with overdue payments for freelance work [closed]

A freelance client of mine is months behind in their payments and is requiring digital account access prior to paying. What are my rights? The client doesn't read or respond to emails or phone calls. ...
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Do citizens of India have a legal right ask a website to delete their personal information?

Is there any rule under the IT Act or any other regulation in India which provides the right to withdraw consent from providing your personal information? I want to delete my personal information ...
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Does expungement of a case refer to online history?

When a court's expungement order stipulates that all entities with related data to the case, and data collection and data reseller companies destroy any and all records related to a case; does this ...
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How do I satisfy the Ohio UETA Act Electronic Signature's Security Procedure Requirement?

I am in the process of developing a very basic esignature plugin for WordPress. I am aware of WP Signature, but it doesn't satisfy the requirements for in-person signatures using a tablet. Staff ...
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Is an overly generic patent claim for turning metadata into displayed web pages actually valid?

The first claim of this patent application is: An electronic content management and delivery platform, the platform comprising: An ingestion system configured to receive a document; a ...
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How to properly deal with a cable company which regularily does not provide the bandwidth that is being payed for?

We are having a contract with a cable company managing our internet and phone connections. We very regularily (even at on the dot schedules) do not have any internet or telephone network connection in ...
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Am I required to charge sales tax with an ecommerce site hosted in Australia?

I am creating a Wordpress site and want to sell some online products. Problem I have come across is easy digital downloads does not set tax by default. What tax rate should I set as the default in ...
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License for an Internet radio with User feedback

I'd like to start an internet radio station app. The station will collect feedback, like thumbs-up and thumbs-down, from listeners in order to select the best songs to play next. The algorithm will be ...
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Can an Online Travel Agency use Hotel Information and Images without Permission?

If an online travel agency (OTA) website decides to create a catalog of hotels, do they need explicit permissions from each hotel added to the catalog to display their hotel names, images, etc. ? ...
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Would a search engine be allowed to prioritize their content?

I notice that when I type anything into google, google-related searches appear first. I know this is probably not what's happening, but it begs the question, could a search engine prioritize its own ...
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Is it illegal to remove a watermark?

Inspired by this poorly worded question on graphicdesign.stackexchange: I want to remove a text watermark Is illegal to remove watermarks? Off the top of my head I can think of 3 possible ...
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Reproduce some website ideas on my own opensource project

I am a developer and I recently came accross a website to practice my development environment skills. This website has a premium access policy and rather than paying, I would like to develop my own ...
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Contract necessary for the most basic processing under GPDR?

I am very pleased to have found this resource and am hoping I can be guided to some clarity on some points regarding processing of webserver access logs. I have not yet found these addressed here or ...
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GDPR - Confirm company terms and conditions by button click

This May the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be applied across the EU. I read somewhere that users have to always 'opt-in' after this law is effective. Since I'm concerned about ...
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Social network websites limitations based on USA sanctions

I live in a country that has been blacklisted under United States sanction regulation. I've got free membership in DeviantArt.Com (A community website for sharing artworks [Photographs, painting, ...
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Would Germany extradite someone for looking at blasphemous content online? Hypothetical question.

If someone watched or looked up something online that is offensive to a particular world religion, and he was in an "unfree" country and then he travelled to Germany, would Germany extradite him upon ...
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Internet law: who gets punished in this scenario?

Just for instance, this is a hypothetical scenario: • Jack and Dan are two brothers living together in the UK, their apartment rent contract is in Jack's name • The ISP Internet contract they're ...
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For how long are ISPs allowed to store user browsing activity?

If a guy living in an oppressive country such as Saudi Arabia visited an atheist site, for instance. 5 years later, would you tell him that there's a high possibility the ISP deleted the evidence of ...
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Is there a fixed amount of time in which a copyright infringement must be ignored even if the creator realizes it?

I shared a derivative book I made without authorization just to share a concise version of the original book with my students. This was plenty of years ago, approximately six years from now. I ...
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Is the taking of images from a public forum legal?

There is a website known as flipmeme that uses user posted images from Reddit to display them in an easier to access format. Assuming Flipmeme isn't actual partnered, or owned by, with reddit, is this ...
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Must US public agencies accept electronic notarizations performed in other US states?

In the vast majority of the United States, notarizations are required to be performed on physical paper while physically in front of a notary. However, Virginia has authorized notaries within their ...
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do money and virtual coins have the same laws?

Virtual coins are hot and the trend is settling in, many website are starting to create their own virtual currencies that can be used on their own website. What laws apply on these coins, are they ...
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Can a business itself that rent digital content from other content provider stream the content freely

My question is if a business (its staff) that purchased TVOD (pay-per-view) streaming content can freely stream the content for themselves usually? Is there a norm or does that strictly depend on the ...
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Would changing the medium of disclosure of code change how and whether copyright is enforceable?

I recently encountered someone that wrote a paper including 100 pages of pasted (computer) code. When I suggested that the pages of code could be better uploaded and made freely available on github....
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Is it illegal to create a website that allows a user to upload a file and make it accessable and downloadable for others?

I am working on a website in which a user can sign in and upload a file and other users can search for it by name and download it. Those files will be catagorized as audio, video, apps(linux, windows, ...
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Do I have any legal recourse against trolls spamming my forum?

I run a forum for supporters of a sports club. I often get supporters from a rival club coming in, creating a user, and spamming my forum, most often after we lose a big game, particularly if against ...
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To what degree can content from a math book be copied?

Theorems may have a small, but not singular, way in which they can be explained concisely. Is copying a theorem out of a book a violation of copyright law? What if you copy all of the theorems out of ...
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Can you run a Patreon and collect money on behalf of someone else?

Say a guy creates a Patreon for his brother who is a video game designer. A lot of people love his games and he's popular in the community. The guy does not imitate his brother, but instead claims ...
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Does the repeal of net neutrality remove monopoly protections from ISPs?

The repeal of net neutrality was done (in part) by declassifying ISPs as title II common carriers. As I understand it, being a title II common carrier implies being treated like a utility under a ...
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Can a TOS supersede Contract Law?

I've recently used a "service" app. It connects handypeople / cleaners to users and facilitate the transaction. The App confirmed the appointment and took payment. 55 minutes before the appointment ...
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Can I modify and resell any themes which are on WordPress official theme directory?

According to https://developer.wordpress.org/themes/getting-started/wordpress-licensing-the-gpl/, If you wish to submit your creation to the free theme repository on WordPress.org, it must be 100%...
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Is it legal to download progamming eBooks from GitHub?

I recently planned to buy one of the book from Microsoft Press Store online. But browsing through one of the technical blog, I found the blog author providing link to download the same eBook for free....
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Is it illegal to add emails from my LinkedIn connections to my email marketing campaign?

I am going to launch a new website. I have around 1000 email addresses from my LinkedIn connections. (When I backup my connections I can get the email address.) Would it violate any laws to send a ...
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Which country's law applies when scraping / crawling web pages?

I'm interested in the legal aspects of gathering (scraping) data from web pages with web robots / scrapers / crawlers. I am not sure which country's law applies in the case that a website is hosted in ...
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To share a summary of a book, and put my name on it, is illegal?

I made a summary of a book I used in class years ago in order share it with my students. In the summary, I took whole sentences and equations from the original book, and reduce the pages from 600 to ...
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Is Running Tor software legal in Europe?

What is the legality of doing the following, under European and, in particular, Spanish law? Using the Tor browser Setting up a Tor relay Setting up a Tor exit node
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How is “use” of software typically meant in EULAs?

You may not do any of the following with respect to the Licensed Materials or any of its parts: (a) use it commercially or for a promotional purpose; (b) use it on more than one device at a ...
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Would I be liable for any illegal traffic that comes through my VPN?

Say I hosted a virtual private network somewhere on a cloud hosting provider, say an amazon aws server. If I shared access to that VPN to other people (say for simplicity's sake, 5 friends), someone ...
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Can I count unique users without a cookie warning?

Is there a way to count (approximate) unique users on a website without having to display that silly cookie warning? The usual way to track unique users is to set a cookie. An alternative (less ...
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Would the end of “net neutrality” legally allow individual ISPs to block access to/censor sites and services?

Much of what I have been reading points to ISPs being allowed to throttle, ie. slow down access to certain "competing" websites and services. If current "net neutrality" laws were to be repealed, ...
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Will net neutrality require me as an ISP to actively throttle my own users?

If I am an ISP, I have to pay some money to my upstream network provider in order to transfer data in and out at a certain speed for a certain ammount of data. This is reflected on the user by speed ...
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What does it mean to “pirate” a game, app, or other digital resource?

I've heard the term "pirate" many times before, but I have never really understood it. How do people do it and why?
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Is port scanning illegal?

"A port scan or portscan is a process that sends client requests to a range of server port addresses on a host, with the goal of finding an active port; this is not a nefarious process in and of ...
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Does Deep Packet Inspection violate privacy laws?

Most, if not all ISPs do some form of Deep Packet Inspection under the guise of maintaining QOS, security mitigation, legal compliance, and/or national security. Some have even gone as far as offering ...
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Liability from unsecured wireless hotspot for security testing

Lets say I have created an "Offensive" security system. It runs on my own private network on my laptop any where I go. My private network has a wireless access point called "Malicious Wifi" and it is ...
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Does U.S.C Title 18 Section 2512 apply to “wireless auditing tools?”

Tools such as the "WiFi pineapple" are rising in popularity in penetration testing and hacking communities. These devices are designed to allow and explicitly marketed as being able to intercept WiFi ...
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Age of Consent Laws: can a person get prosecuted for a false accusation without evidence? (Read details, hypothetical example)

Hypothetical example: If two adults are having an online conversation about a romantic relationship and person A accuses person B out of nowhere and says "it seems like you had sex with a minor", ...