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Questions tagged [internet]

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Can Australian government departments use ISP meta data for general analytics

In Australia all ISP s have to capture 2 years of all users metadata, a number of government departments can access the data with out warrant. We are told this is to track terrorists, criminals and ...
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Do I need to add the option to disable cookies or is just informational popup sufficient?

recently I stumbled upon an EU law about cookies. It is quite unclear to me. I understand that all sites that use cookies has to have some kind of informational popup to tell the users that they use ...
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Legality of scraping data off of various public directory sources to create a new website based on it

I want to create a review website for a specific sector where visitors can browse through the different businesses, get information about them, rank and write reviews. As for the business model, it'...
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Could something like CyberBunker be legally ran in the US?

CyberBunker is the name of a company and Soviet-era nuclear bunker that has been converted to a datacenter in Holland. They made some news a few years ago when they were raided by a SWAT team, but the ...
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EU fines Google $2.7B, based on which laws?

Yesterday the news came out that the European Union fined Google for $2.7B because they, according to the EU, place their own services higher in the result than competitors. Google suffered a major ...
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Can StackExchange restrict access to its content?

We are having a lot of fun at StackExchange sites and creating a huge base of knowledge. However, one sad day we may wake up and see that: SE can be only accessed by predefined set of people (for ...
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Is it illegal to make a website for watching dramas?

I want to create a website for watching Korean dramas must like this one: https://dramanice.ru/ . I want to add subtitles to all the videos in my language. It would be for educational purposes ...
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Why are Brazil and Quebec excluded from Google's CTF competition?

Google is hosting an information security competition (a CTF) with participants from around the world. Their participation rules from 2017 explicitly exclude residents of certain countries: The ...
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Legality of reading others direct messages

Are there any legal ramifications to an employee reading the direct messages of another employee, whether the reading employee is logging in with another users credentials or not (reading over the ...
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Selling an application that scrapes Google, Bing, Yahoo

Is it legal to sell an application that scrapes search results from several search engines and uses this information for the application functionality? Application is sold to people for their ...
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Starting up an internet company that's legally based in Delaware, U.S.A - compliance with local and foreign laws

I am starting a company and looking to create a C Corporation incorporated in Delaware, where we will provide online services to an Australian market. In Australia, the services we're providing are ...
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Do online work in the US if you're not a permanent resident

Is doing online work (making websites, programming, graphics, writing etc) in the US illegal if you're not a permanent resident and you are on a tourist visa? Could you do it and get paid on a non-...
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Do courts have jurisdiction over online service providers from overseas?

Consider this pretty common scenario: company (or person) A, incorporated/residing in country X, provides online services all over the world. Technically, the services do not require any physical ...
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Do I require a UK casino operating licence to run a promotional tournament on my website?

I have for several years operated a website on which enthusiasts can play a niche boardgame against one another. The boardgame in question has recently been the subject of a Kickstarter campaign for a ...
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Hosting free comics on my website

I have paperback comics which I legally bought. I was wondering, if I scanned them into PDFs and uploaded them on my website for people to VIEW for free, not DOWNLOAD, would it be illegal? I'm in the ...
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Are United States residents subject to U.S. prosecution if they operate illegal websites in another country?

I recently decided to build a web app that might run afoul of online gambling prohibitions. The main intent is for it to be a learning experience, but in the end, I want it to presentable as a ...
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U.S Laws on Cookie Notices on Websites?

I'm working on a website that will use cookies. I heard that by law I have to add a notice "somewhere" on my site to tell people that it uses cookies and I have to include a page with instructions on ...
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Protecting self from unknowingly posting copyrighted material

Someone is getting me to make them a Facebook page. They are giving me the material. They also want me to edit (Photoshop) some images for them. I'm worried that I may be breaking copyright. If I get ...
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Can a contract make it so the client is responsible if they get you to do something illegal?

Is there a way to make it so that if your doing work for someone, and they get you to do something illegal, they take responsibility? I’m guessing not, but thought I would ask. Someone who’s making a ...
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Is sharing onlnie a video with copyrighted song in background illegal?

I am helping a friend make a Facebook page. I am one of the admins. The page is for her clothing modeling. She had me upload a video of her walking down a run way modeling, but Facebook notified me it ...
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Computer-animated movie: downloading a dubbed copy from a foreign server: is it copyright infringement

I wonder if downloading a computer-animated movie dubbed for a foreign language on a foreign server is copyright infringement. I'm not sure if the dubbing process is done legally or illegally. Well, ...
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Is it a breach of contract if there are loopholes in the contract?

In our Mid Term exam we were given a question based on a short case study An internet software expert was needed for a breach of contract case between an online software developer and an internet ...
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Is there a law in the U.S. requiring forum owners to log IP addresses of anonymous posts?

First let me specify that this question is about U.S. law. My mentions of EU law are just to put everything into perspective. I was reading that 4chan is required by law to log IP. "As required by ...
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Amazon account security breach

I have received an email from Amazon reporting a security breach on my account (which I do not believe it is genuine and it happens often because of my dynamic IP). I have requested further details (...
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Is it illegal or against the ToS to have two facebook accounts?

When creating an online account, you often agree to the terms of service (ToS). Often in the ToS it says only one person can have one account. Does this mean if someone creates another account they ...
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Cloud providers and proprietary data

I have read the terms and conditions of my cloud service and they "reserve the right to monitor abusive or offensive usage", but I would like to know if they can spy on my proprietary data and use or ...
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How is digital property protected by the fourth amendment?

I recently watched a documentary called Deep Web. It featured the drug market on the deep web and the arrest and trial of Ross Ulbricht. He was indicted on charges for drug trafficking over the deep ...
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Which information is it illegal to keep when a user wants to delete his/her account?

I am creating a company that offers a certain service to private individuals and professionals. I know that if someone wants to delete his/her account, we have the obligation to grant the user this ...
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Is it legal to bypass location restrictions on web sites?

Some web sites refuse to offer content to connections which appear to them to be coming from certain countries (or all countries but one, or offer different content based on the apparent location of ...
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Is there a recourse against Paypal refusing to close an account?

Paypal limits and freezes accounts that have issues. For example, if a minor opens an account, which is against their policy, they will freeze the account and no one will be able to close it. If you ...
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Can anything be done when people admit to crimes through an online game?

When playing an online game recently, I heard two players on voice chat discussing how they've raped women before. Over the years, I've heard many awful things said through voice chat, but nothing ...
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Getting New York based company to delete my personal information

I registered with Topresume.com and uploaded a copy of my resume. I found their service to be poor and according to the Privacy Policy they may sell information to third parties. Is there any laws in ...
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Do I have to take someone's picture off the internet if they ask me to?

About 2 years ago I was working on an online game. I asked a friend if I could base it on him (use his picture for the character) and he said yes. Back to current, he is asking me to take the game ...
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If you find some code in a tutorial but the license says “you may not upload this resource to other websites” does it mean you cannot use it?

I never understood the licensing behind websites like medialoot.com . They describe how to implement code so it would seen the implicit understanding they are designed to be copied. However their ...
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Transfer of Ownership of a Trademarked Domain Name

Building upon the question "What is the relation between Trademarks and Domains?": ...if I register a domain when no trademark exists, but then someone registers the trademark... Can that ...
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What is the relation between Trademarks and Domains?

For what I have read here, I understood that if I buy a domain of an already registered trademark (in which country, by the way?), I might have a problem at hands. But it is not clear to me what ...
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Does Matt Furey own the Pepe variants?

If you frequent the internet for any greater amount of time, you may have seen Pepe the Frog around. You may have also seen a merger between Donald Trump and the meme frog My question then is, are ...
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Can ecommerce merchants contractually disallow credit card chargebacks?

If an eCommerce merchant disallows charge-backs for non-fraud related cases in their terms of service, can they sue (and win against) a customer for initiating a chargeback in violation of such terms?
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Is user consent needed to display a Google Map on a website?

I would like to display a Google Map in a website project of mine. This requires loading the JavaScript api from Google: https://developers.google.com/maps/documentation/javascript/tutorial?hl=en#...
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Can I use a workaround I developed to bypass the internet filter at work?

I found a workaround (by writing some code) to bypass the internet filter at work. Is that considered hacking? Or perhaps violating the company's rules. I don't recall signing anything when I got ...
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Can I use content I submitted to a website because they went out of business?

A while back I used to answer on WebAnswers and I was wondering since they are out of business, if I can go through the Archive and retrieve the content that I created and use it elsewhere. Their ...
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Are comments posted on websites owned by the website or the commenter?

If a user comments on a website, and a third-party business owner uses text from that comment for commercial purposes, is that plagiarism or theft?
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In Canada, is it legal to sell downloaded and printed textbooks?

I downloaded several PDF files of text books from Library Genesis, and had them printed and bound for better reading experience. Now I've finished reading them, and plan to sell them on websites like ...
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Is owning leaked databases illegal in the US?

I would like to start collecting leaked databases, but is it illegal to own them, even if they're public?
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Accessing Internet Connected Devices with Default Credentials

In a world of ever increasing numbers of internet connected devices people are having more and more of their appliances exposed to the outside world: cameras, fridges, thermostats etc. Many of these ...
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Pros and cons of binding arbitration vs. court of law?

Some websites specify in their terms of service that disputes shall be resolved by binding arbitration rather than by going to court. What is the pros and cons of specifying binding arbitration vis-a-...
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Actionability of web site terms of service

How actionable is a violation of a website term of service, like for example, YouTube's clause 4C which reads: You agree not to access Content through any technology or means other than the video ...
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Are pictures posted on social media protected? [duplicate]

Let's say someone posts an original picture they took on Instagram. Then someone else uses that picture without permission for commercial purposes. Could the owner of the picture reasonably pursue ...
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Legal to scrape social media for pictures?

Can there be any legal problem with scraping social media sites (like Instagram and Facebook) for pictures without registering a user or using the sites' APIs? Could sites sue me for copyright ...
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Is it legal to read and edit on the fly JavaScript code with a browser?

If I go on a website, can I read the source code of the JavaScript files? Even if the code is obfuscated? I precise, not for compression reason, but obfuscated in order to transform the code less ...