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Is it illegal to link to a copyrighted file?

Is it illegal to link to a copyrighted file, even if it was uploaded by the owner (with an publicly accessible URL (with a password in it) but with no intention to make file downloadable by anyone)?
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Can I use Mario or other similar assets for a banner on my website?

My graphic designer sent me a banner for a gaming website that has Mario on it. He's not the focal point of the banner, but still is clearly visible. My website doesn't sell anything, but makes ...
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GoDaddy hoarding domains. What is my legal recourse?

I want to purchase a domain: curion.com It is unavailable because it is held by godaddy (as shown on whois.net) Question is, Can a web hosting company hoard a domain name to itself. Is it even ...
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Legality of Embedding Games From Other Websites On My Website [duplicate]

Is it legal to embed flash games from other websites on my website? So far I've only embedded open-source games with MIT or similar licenses. What if a game on another website doesn't have any license ...
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Can I flight check-in on someone’s else behalf?

I am not sure if this is the right place to post this and if not please guide me to correct forum. I am building a software that’ll help travellers with their flights. It’ll auto check-in to the ...
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How to obtain a sync license for posting a cover version online?

SoundCloud states: You'll still need permission from the original copyright holders of a song before you can post your cover on SoundCloud, even if you provided the vocals and played all the ...
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Same name in social networks, same product, different country, changed it as soon as it came to my knowledge, untangible goods

I started a business reading tarot online, using a Facebook and Instagram page. My attempt was to do this bilingually. At the time I started it I didn't know there was another woman in another country ...
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Are there any legal repercussions for writing open source code that ends up being used as a botnet? [duplicate]

For example, there is a whole project tutorial on how to build one, as well as plenty of examples of people writing their own. If open source software (such as the above) was taken by a bad actor and ...
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Legality in earning a money tip for searching some files in the Internet

I am interested in knowing if it would be legal to earn a money tip from people that wanted me to search some files in the Internet (books, series, movies, etc.). My question refers to the action of ...
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Perma-Baned from game for offsite comment - is that legal?

a friend and I play a pokemon-browsergame, which also offers monthly subscriptions for premium currency and benefits (=real money invested). We are also on a discord server with some friends, where we ...
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Software as a service invoicing

Does anyone know if it is a legal requirement to send out invoices for SAAS subscriptions every time you take a payment from customers? Or is it enough for users to be able to simply log on to your ...
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Is a terms & conditions generator good enough for my website?

I am currently in the process of setting up a website which will include affiliate links to vendors for various products. I've been looking into the privacy policy and terms & conditions that i'...
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What legal conditions do I have to meet to open an open source website?

I'm working on a website for a pretty long time and in the close future I want to open it into the public. The problem is, my website collects personal data and cookies which (in my country - Poland) ...
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Is writing articles by fixing Google Translate Copyright Infringement?

I am currently looking for documentation for software in a non-English language, but there is only documentation on the software in English. In order to help other non-English speakers, I decided to ...
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Does a hyperlink to a privacy policy have to be available after the user agrees?

A website that deals with personal user data is legally bound by CCPA Privacy Rights and GDPR Data Protection Rights. The user must agree to the privacy policy before the website has consent to share ...
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Public WiFi - when do you have to delete stored user data?

Note: I originally thought of this for germany, but if you have examples from other countries those are also welcome, since im interested in the topic in general. So lets say im using a public WiFi, ...
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Are Online Contracts signed by a Minor and their Guardian/Parent Legally Binding

Amazon Web Services in their agreement explicitly requires you to be able to lawfully enter into contracts. [...] You represent to us that you are lawfully able to enter into contracts [...] If I ...
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Downloading free software directly from my website

is it legal to have free softwares like VLC and Chrome to be download directly from my website? where the user would click o the icon for VLC for example and get the installer download without having ...
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Product experience in 3D VR/AR

Let's imagine the case I offer to see a 3D sportscar (Ferrari or any sportscar brand), and you can explore it in my own programed VR/AR web-visor. The customer is not buying the product (the 3D model ...
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Is bypassing a website's “rules” via proxies, VPNs, etc. illegal?

Say a site only allows users to post every 20 minutes. If I use a proxy I can post as much as the speed of the proxy/connection/"fooling" allowed to make the site think I am coming from different IPs, ...
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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 legitimate ...
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University diploma / various certificates under GDPR

Background: I'm considering building a web (focused to Europe) which, for one of it's part, would require users to upload their university diplomas and/or other similar certificates of achieved ...
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How is internet archiving legal, when it appears to violate many websites terms of use?

Internet archiving services like the internet wayback machine work by rehosting content from other website. However, many websites in their term explicitly disallow people to frame their website or ...
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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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Is Rock Paper Scissors considered gambling?

Consider I run a rock paper scissors matches online, where users buy in and cash out money if they win. Would this be legal in the United States? It is somewhat similar to esports tournaments, where ...
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Can I use the Wi-Fi logo on a website?

Despite reading Wi-Fi alliance style guide, I don't understand whether I can use the Wi-Fi logotype on my website. The style guide seems to target the producers of Wi-Fi equipment only; my case is ...
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Is legal to sell virtual goods?

Is it legal to buy cheap virtual items (as game keys, in-game items, etc.) and then sell or trade them for a higher value? I have some items that went up in price and I'm thinking of selling them. ...
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Effect of SCOTUS sales tax decision on origin-tax states

I have only read news stories about the SD v Wayfair decision, and I have 2 related questions. According to Intuit, there are 12 states that attempt to charge sales tax on all transactions completed ...
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Is it legal for someone to try to pass of my website as their own as long as they've kept the same MIT license?

The source code for my personal website is publicly visible on GitHub and hosted live with GitHub Pages. Back when I was creating this site, I didn't really understand the implications of copyright ...
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Using part of a copyrighted or trademark name in a product name

There is a software that called Mautic, i devloped an App/plugin that extends it's features and named it Mautify... Today i received an email from that software company telling me that my use to the ...
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What effect does a project's software license have on its cultural works?

0BSD and ISC are software licenses. They grant permissions for software. I guess these granted permissions legally only apply to what fits the legal definition of software. What if a project combines ...
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Deletion of personal data

I recently registered an account on an employment agency website. Had to provide my email address, a password and of course all of my personal data, including my complete professional background. ...
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Is it GDPR-compliant to require *public* publishing of personal info as condition for access to a service?

Background: For roughly 2 decades I've run my own private email infrastructure for myself, open source projects, and a few other individuals over business internet service intended for such usage. I'...
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What does COVID-19 have to do with Live Audio at SCOTUS

The US Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments during Corona virus pandemic over teleconference. This is to comply with social distancing and prevent the spread of the disease. But why are they ...
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Is it legal for a company to not allow me to download my data unless I pay for the premium plan?

I started using a website on the free version knowing it was somewhat locked down. But after using it for a while I learned that I cant download my own data unless I pay for the premium plan. I am ...
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Subject Access Request (SAR) of data relating to cookies?

Take a search engine (e.g. Google), where user A can make searches without logging in with their account. The search engine collects, processes and stores, over time, a number of data about the user A,...
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Is it legal to copy site content when providing link to original

Lets say I have a website and the content on my website originates for the most part from other websites. But when the content is from an other website i provide a link to this original content with ...
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What should I do if facebook ignore fake news?

Now, our state is in war zone and people are dying daily because of war. Government and Arakan Army are fighting with heavy weapons. No Journalist are allowed to enters, we have 17 divisions in our ...
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Do I need to ask for permission to use tokens?

I know that you need to ask the user for permission to use cookies. However I use OAuth from Google Firebase. OAuth works with tokens instead of cookie-authentication, however, for the user it makes ...
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Is offering a proxy web service illegal in India?

Can I offer a service that fetches the page input by user and return the data as it is in response as a web page under my domain? I will simply send a request from my server to the provided
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Reuse images from web archives

There was a strategy game where I and my friends played for several years. The original developers closed the game 3 years ago. We have asked them to open the source code when they did it but they did ...
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How can I safely provide a free online service?

I am developing a website for secure sharing credentials. Similar to https://www.cloak.sh/ . How can I protect myself and hopefully eliminate all my liability, while still providing a service "...
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Is it legal to copy large amount of data peer to peer in Canada

Is it legal to transfer large amounts of encrypted data peer to peer in Canada? I transfer data from my friend PC in another country. The data is encrypted, so nobody can ever know which data it is. ...
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Risky to provide summary of legal document with the document?

I'm planning on including Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policy, etc for users of my website. Following best practices I want to require affirmative "I agree to the terms and conditions" (or similar) ...
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Is a website that receives user manual input (that they got from other websites) infringe copyright? [duplicate]

1. Does a website that receives user manual input (that they got from other websites) infringe copyright or is it considered “sweat of the brow” doctrine? A website asks a user to input data, that ...
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Doesn't COPPA incentivize mislabeling Youtube videos?

My understanding of the current situation with Youtube and COPPA is that Google was collecting private data (comments, viewing history, email addresses) about kids, which is a clear violation of COPPA....
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Can Lavabit be suspended again?

From the about page: In 2013, we suspended service to protect our global customers when the U.S. government ordered us to release our Transport Layer Security private keys. To protect your ...
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Registering a copyright for a web-app: what type?

I'm registering a copyright for a draft of a web-application I'm developing. I shared it with a potential defactor too soon and I want to at least put something down. In the "type of work" section, ...
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Same domain name as an old site

A few years ago I was looking for a domain name to use for my website. After trying a couple hundred names I eventually found one that wasn't taken. I did a quick google to make sure the name wasn't ...
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If a website receive an attack by an Hacker, who is evanutally liable for the data breach?

I'm trying to create a very general example, i know there are surely hundreds of variables that must be analyzed but even just some general considerations from who had some experience can be useful ...

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