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Is it legal to build same website like amazon

I would like to know Is it legal to build same website like amazon or any other website's by copying there features. Example: I am planning to use amazon as requirement gathering source for my ...
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Is it illegal for a search engine to not provide an option to opt out of saving search history?

Currently Bing search has no option unlike Google search to opt out of saving history. Although Bing search can be set to not save history, it still saves the history of the user in the Microsoft ...
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Can I legally present data from public API's on a website?

I am in the process of creating a website that will use data to present information on publicly traded companies. The tools that will present this data will be free to use and I will never charge a ...
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DMCA requirements for a chatroom

Does hosting online chat require registering a dmca agent? I'm developing a multiplayer game and would include chat amongst friends and during gameplay. The chat messages are temporarily seen by the ...
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When is linking to copyrighted material illegal?

If Alice is a photographer, she takes a photo, owns the copyright and posts it on her public website, then Bob links to that photo on his public website, is he infringing on her copyright? Does it ...
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Making games with multi-level marketing in game

I have a plan to create an online game with multi-level marketing. Is it legal to create a game which costs money to buy, and then reward them with more money than they used to buy the game if three ...
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Offering Non-Business Free WiFi - Legal Considerations?

Ontario, Canada. I'd like to operate an open, free WiFi hotspot for public consumption, not associated with any business. Per Wikipedia : In Canadian law, unauthorized access is addressed the ...
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Liability of unknown possession and distribution of encrypted illegal files [duplicate]

Bitcoin transactions allow you to store encrypted data in them. It has been found that there is illegal data being stored in some transactions. Part of the system/ blockchain is everyone has a copy of ...
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Can a person be prosecuted for unknowingly possessing illegal computer files?

Today there was a news article that claims researchers have found illegal files embedded in the Bitcoin blockchain. This is a large database-type file that contains a list of all the Bitcoin ...
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Copyright of messages in group chat

I composed a hiring post and sent it to a group chat. Can group members (NOT the messaging app) forward the post to others who are not in the group, without my permission or re-post it in others ...
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Privacy policy for a non profit emailing list?

I am have recently created a website, where users can supply their email to receive mock programming briefs, once a day, for 32 days. I would like to know what I need to include within a privacy ...
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Can I use a name on YouTube if it is already used on Instagram?

I finally brainstormed a name for my youtube channel that I am very happy with. I registered it on YouTube, and also paid for the .com domain name. However, then I checked on Instagram and noticed ...
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Legality of manual counterattacks vs counterattacks executed autonomously by a self-defense bot

There is a new twist on the DDOS (distributed denial-of-service) attack vector which has been used for taking down servers on the internet. This newest version sends data packets targeting memcached ...
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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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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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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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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 ...