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Questions tagged [internet]

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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 If current "net neutrality" laws were to be repealed, ...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", ...
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To whom does the German 'Impressumspflicht' apply?

'Impressumspflicht' is a law in Germany forcing people running a website to publish personal information like name, address, email, telephone number and so forth. If it is a commercial website, even ...
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Why is there an apparent legal bias against digital services?

Over the years, many websites - mostly file-sharing websites - have been taken down due to the users using the service for less-than-legal activities. Most of these websites posted well-visible ...
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When are computer viruses illegal?

Is it legal to create and send someone a computer virus if it doesn’t damage their computer? For example if a computer virus just spies on a persons screen, is that illegal? I red on a Quora question ...
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Facebook disabled my account; can I legally force them to restore it?

I was trying to sell adult goods on facebook as I sold other kind of products as usual to multiple facebook communities. I happened to forget nudity was forbidden on facebook. But the package ...
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Is it legal to copy website design?

Is it legal to copy a website design? I'm a developer not a designer, and I found a very cool website. I made an exact replica of the website every shape, navigation is in the same place that the ...
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Is it legal to link or embed somebody else's content if I give credit?

I want to embed this website as part of a website. If the website is commercial am I allowed to do this if I credit them? If not, is it legal just to link to them as part of tutorial page?
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Classifieds site's responsibility for user content

Say there is a website allowing users to post ads/classifieds. Every ad includes the poster's contacts details (however, there is no guarantee that they are genuine). Now, user U posts an ad ...
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Choosing Domain Name and Avoiding Lawsuit?

So say I wanted to create the blog "TheSportLad" that is about sport news and "Lad" as in (young man). Say there is a small blog called "TheSportLand" also doing some news about sports. Would I be ...
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Are there any legal limitations to using IP based authorisation so that only users from client premises can have access to cloud?

We have a cloud-based B2B solution that is meant to help them collate and manage their operational data. One of clients wants to ensure that their employees can only access their data from devices ...
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High value domain taken by registrar

I registered a domain name with a large domain registrar. The domain is very unique. The transaction went through. My credit card was billed. I received an invoice. I set up the domain with my ...
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Where can I find a lawyer for victims of cyberstalking?

Where can I find a lawyer for victims of cyberstalking? One can find a criminal defense lawyer but not the one help these victims.
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Can hotlinking of internet content be considered generally legal? [duplicate]

After the Perfect 10 vs. Amazon case can the practice of hotlinking (inline linking) of content in general and images in particular, be considered legally valid in general? To make it a bit ...
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Legality of mass email situation

I am launching a business directed towards college campuses. I know the email address format of the first college I will be launching at is firstname.lastname@college.edu . Basically, I would not have ...
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International sexting: how often is sexting overseas prosecuted? (Please read details)

I am asking for someone dear to me. This will be a hypothetical example. Hypothetically, if a 19 year old male (living overseas, say in Turkey) sexts/exchanges nudes with a female who says she is 18 ...
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How can I prove that content existed on the Internet?

I want to make a record that establishes that certain content existed on Internet at some point of time. It seems that http://archive.is/ is a way to archive the page. But, are there any other ...
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Can arrival/departure stamps on an expired passport be used in court to prove someone wasn't in the country?

Can arrival/departure stamps on an expired passport be used in court to prove someone wasn't in the country and is therefore innocent? Hypothetical question: For example, if someone commits an ...
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Ticket Seller's Liability

I bought four tickets to a concert on craigslist. Then I sold two of them on stubhub. I later learned the tickets might be fake. I immediately notified stubhub. I was told seller's agreement is I am ...
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Who is responsible for copyright infringement on P2P distributed systems?

Let's suppose there is a P2P system for storing files on a blockchain. The stored files would stay online forever and cannot be taken down because of the blockchain's own nature. If some copyrighted ...
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If someone commits an Internet crime using your Wi-Fi, how can you legally prove it wasn't you?

Let's say for the sake of example, you're an 18 year old college student and your uncle's family comes over to visit. Your cousins ask for your Wi-Fi password and you give it to them, or they guess ...
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Can identification be confirmed over a mobile application, for alcohol consumption

I am in charge of hosting an event, here in California, and I had a quick question regarding the legality of an offer that was presented to me recently. The event that we are hosting will be ...
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Can an internet provider replace content of websites if the end user is aware of it?

Let's say an internet provider (ex: Comcast, At&t, Verizon) says to their users: Hey we have this new free internet access, however, by using it the end ad content will be changed to our liking -...
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Does selling certificates from Let's Encrypt violate their ToS?

A company I (unfortunately) worked for in the past is selling Let's Encrypt certificates for about 10€/month. I don't need to tell you that these certificates are free for everyone. The customers are ...
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Mailing bot illegal? [Social Experiment]

Hope I am in the right place for this type of question. I am a developer that would like to start up a little project that is kind of a social experiment. The idea is that I setup a mailing bot with ...
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Face prosecution under Spotify’s terms & conditions?

Hypothetical: Suppose that I have an acquaintance who is an artist on Spotify. In an effort to promote said person’s music, I offer to loop their music on my computer ad infinitum in return for a cut ...
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Under which country's jurisdiction does a website fall?

My site is hosted in the US. The domain was bought from an Indian vendor, and is being developed in India by an individual. There is no registered office or anything of that sort. The site's content ...
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Will a site get into trouble if it's users use it's resources for unethical/unhealthy things on the internet?

Take the site 10minutemail.com for example. What if someone uses the temporary email and logs into somewhere on the internet and does something illegal. When the investigations happen, the email will ...
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What types of recourse do I have against people who pursue me on social media with the intent of making my professional life difficult?

I have already posted one thread here about my interactions with people on Facebook. Briefly, I made a factual statement about a mathematical concept that some people thought was incorrect and decided ...
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What types of recourse do I have against people who contact my employers about thing I have of Facebook?

I made a factual statement about mathematics on Facebook. A group of people took exception to what I said and decided that they would contact my employer because they thought it made me unfit to be a ...
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Can a company legally block access to their public servers for a specific program?

There are numerous modded Minecraft "launchers". For example: https://www.technicpack.net, https://www.atlauncher.com, https://www.feed-the-beast.com All of these launchers contain modded content for ...
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Does Reading View violate website terms of service?

Sometimes in the Terms of Service for a website, there are instructions that the user cannot "alter or modify the Website", or cannot access content "through any technology or means other than the ...
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Reporting cyberstalking

I have been under cyberstalking. But it is very difficult to prove the source rigorously given that the sender can fake the header information. Is it possible to report the stalking to the police?
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Can one be held liable for provoking a DDOS attack?

Let's say I'm in a Internet Cafe in some place of the world* and I buy their services to access some online instant messanging service. Suppose I chat with a person online who decides they really ...
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What rights does Tim Berners Lee have to the World Wide Web?

What rights does Tim Berners Lee have to the World Wide Web? Does he have any say over what is allowed on the World Wide Web, its regulations, and so forth? If not, when did he lose these rights and ...
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Developing software from others research

I was reading around the web and found an interesting idea for an online software that I would like to publish commercially. My question is if the software is based off of research such as https://...
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Copyrighting a website

I have a website that I want to publish, so I guess it's about time I get it copyrighted. The question is how? I've heard I can do it through www.creativecommons.org Here is what I found: ...
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Monopoly on Internet acces

I am interested in the legal section of my current situation. If I can do something or if it is worth it. Let's start with key informations: Location: Germany Reason: ISP Problems So I am moving in ...
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Google deleted my developer account without warning or much explanation. What can I do?

I haven't received any prior warning in fact from Google and suddenly received the following message: This is a notification that your Google Play Publisher account has been terminated. ...
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A computer “virus” that only spreads (no payloads) - Is it illegal?

Let's say that someone makes a computer virus. The only thing the virus does is email itself to random emails. Upon someone opening the virus, it is emailed from their computer to other random emails ...
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Who is rightful owner of Gmail personal email account?

I had created a Gmail account for office use by providing my credentials (first owner). After quitting job, still I am using this account for my use. My ex boss demanded me to handover said account to ...
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instagram API platform policy

I just came across this: You cannot use "insta", "gram" or "Instagram" in your company or product name. on the instagram API platform policy, https://www.instagram.com/developer/ I am ...