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Japanese / South Korean resident cheating in video games in or from another country

In Japan and South Korea, broadly speaking, cheating in video games is illegal and it's possible to see jail time or fines for something even like modifying Wii local save files. ("Video games&...
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Is it legal to purchase something from a marketplace that clearly sells illicit goods? (silkroad, darknet markets)

What does the law state about the legality to purchase an objectively legal good or service from a marketplace that also sells objectively illicit goods? As far as I know, it is legal: To physically ...
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Is YouTube legally required to not allow "Made For Kids" videos to be added to playlists?

In the last few years YouTube introduced a Made For Kids classification for videos, which requires uploaders to state whether a given video is made for children, in which case certain features are ...
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Is it possible to get extradicted to a country you never have been to?

I'm trying to wrap my head around the MegaUpload / Kim Dotcom case for quite a while now. On twitter he claims: I never lived there I never traveled there I had no company there But all I worked for ...
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Can I use images from a book on my personal website? [closed]

I have a personal website where I write notes about various topics. Usually, I note there as I learn some new topic and later come back to it anytime I want to refresh my memory. Sometimes I find it ...
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Do Saas users need to explicitly agree to Terms? [duplicate]

Scenario: A) A new user purchases a one-year subscription to Website A via Website B B) The user then gets an email with login instructions for Website A. Question: Does the user need to explicitly ...
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Is it legal to record streaming video for time shifting?

In the UK there is an explicit exception to copyright for the purpose of time shifting: Details of the exceptions to copyright that allow limited use of copyright works without the permission of the ...
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Can I publish on my website numbers and quoted text from another site with link to the original?

Let me describe what I am trying to achieve. I want to aggregate stock forecasts from different sources (example https://en.freedom24.com/ideas/10969-crocs-investidea). I want to publish tables (...
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Is it legal to use a VPN to reduce subscription fees?

I have seen VPN companies and their sponsees openly advertise the fact that VPNs can be used to change the apparent country you are connected from, and pay lower rates for subscriptions and services, ...
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Web Speech API for website with ads (commercial use)

I want to use Web Speech API and the code provided here (https://github.com/mdn/web-speech-api) in a website that i will put ads or it will support paid subscription (commercial use) Am i allowed to ...
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Is there legislation regarding minors joining dating websites?

Are dating websites a special category of websites that must follow certain regulations in terms of who they are allowed to join their site? So if I am a 15 year old, does the law in the USA allow a ...
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Can internet searches get someone placed on a watchlist/arrested?

This is a hypothetical. I watched a YouTube video of a woman who was visited by the police after her husband made searches on Google for pressure cookers. Someone responded by saying that's unlikely ...
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Is it legal to stop my ISP from throttling my connection in EU?

Hello recently I read online several articles that say that my ISP might be throttling my internet connection. Though I dont know if they indeed are throttling my connection but in any case I whould ...
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Can a site write whatever it wants in terms of use?

I am reading the following terms of use https://jane.com/home/termsofuse Lets say I am a seller on this platform am I allowed to build a script on my local machine That logs in to my account and list ...
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Can I use the YouTube API for hosting Videos on a commercial website?

My website is an educational website. The teachers pay for access for themselves and their students. It offers all kind of services around educational videos (like comments, analysis of comments, ...
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copyright, trademark and patent

Can someone trademark a logo that is well established because it is on a company website and the company did not trademark it? Can someone patent your logo if you did not patent it? Or are all the ...
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Is it legal to CC a real or fake lawyer on an email as an intimidation tactic? What if this is combined with registering a new domain?

I heard about this idea on Reddit. To intimidate someone, send them an email and CC (copy) a lawyer with their business email address with the name of the law firm they work for. Also, you can ...
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What consitutes a look and feel which would not be considered a copy website or app?

One can't copy a whole website or an app desgin, because it's copyright infringement. But can one copy it to some degree, while making sure that a reasonable user wouldn't confuse it with the original?...
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Is downloading YouTube videos legal?

I've always been under the assumption that doing such was illegal. I don't see any difference between downloading music from YouTube and downloading music from The Pirate Bay. Apparently, there is ...
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Can I display university logos on my website under "Used by students and faculty from" [duplicate]

I have a website mostly used by students and university faculty, and I'd like to display those universities' logos on my website. Examples are: Yale, NYU, UCONN, University of Dallas, University of ...
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Can action be taken against a Discord server for someone admitting in chat they're under 13 then changing their age to over 13 thereafter?

Suppose you have a Discord server with a member who voluntarily tells people in chat that they are 12 years old. For purposes of this example, the user says I am 12 years old. Then after making that ...
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Is it against the law to automate user personal information in the cloud

Suppose that a customer wants an online or cloud service to automate registering accounts on a 3rd party website, and the cloud service is transmitting personal data such as shipping/billing ...
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Someone is commercially using a feature of my (free) website. What can I do?

Suppose tht there is a website that allows users to create musical diagrams (sheet music). It is owned and operated by a person O. Suppose the website allows users to create and share sheet music. All ...
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Fair-use of mathematics educational YouTube series based on "Byrne's Euclid" (1847) and its latest renditions

I want to create a mathematics educational video series on YouTube based on "Byrne's Euclid" (1847), which in turn, was a rendition of "Euclid's Elements" (circa 300 BC). The ...
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Which laws are broken if a company rents out ransomware?

Suppose a company writes and owns a software that can be used to commit ransomware attacks (say break into someone elses IT system, encrypt everything, demand ransom for decryption). The software also ...
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Online Freedom and Viewpoint Diversity Act and retweeting with comment

The bill Online Freedom and Viewpoint Diversity Act (OFVDA) would, if, passed, amend CDA 230. It includes the following text: RESPONSIBILITY: For purposes of subparagraph (A), being responsible in ...
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Is this Bait and Switch?

I have been a CRAVE TV subscriber for years. This morning I received my annual notice of renewal and noticed it went up a few dollars, no big deal. I shrugged and went to watch CRAVE on my SmartTV and ...
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Can Whatsapp sue me for using unofficial services? (location: Romania)

I'm building a desktop app where people can manage their business and one of the features is Whatsapp chat directly into the app. This is not using the Whatsapp official API (their official means of ...
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How to verify the identity of someone you met online?

I need to sign a contract with someone I met online in order to start doing business with him. But how could I possibly know that the information he would put on the digital contract is his real info? ...
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Can I prohibit scraping of forum user posts on my website?

If I host a web forum, can I list in my terms of service that all users acknowledge I own their posts and no-one else can scrape them from my website? I.e. even though I just host the website, and all ...
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Can you preemptively check local storage before user agrees under Cookie Law?

I am pretty new to the idea of asking for consent for storage for a website because I'm American. I understand that if I want to store anything, I need to ask users for consent. However, I'm confused ...
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File hosting user agrement [closed]

I want to host a small website on my server where friends (and friends of friends) can upload files to get a link so that other can download those files again. Exactly like a filehosting service. No ...
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Does a web application ToS or privacy policy need to be in "legal" text?

I created a web application where users can create content online. The data that they created is stored in an online database and others can see it with the link to their content online. I want to ...
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Can messages in messaging application be used as evidence to accuse someone?

For domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, abusive partners can misuse messaging to harass, intimidate, and threaten. How significant is evidence of messages in a messaging application (like ...
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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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Does the First Amendment apply to Twitter censoring an account?

It is my understanding that the First Amendment protect free speech from being prosecuted by the government: even then, there are bright lines as to what one may not utter (state secrets for example). ...
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How to handle account deletion of user with financial information and/or otherwise liability related information

So, I read a post on reddit the other day about a user unhappy with Binance (crypto currency exchange company) for only being able to "disable" his account but not "delete" it. ...
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Are there any regulation, or laws put in place that regulate how often privacy policies can be updated?

In reference to the recent change of the Stack Exchange privacy policy: Most people reading this are probably aware, but the Stack Exchange Privacy Policy has changed, which is a little frustrating. ...
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What happens if there is no formal agreement between two app developers

Suppose two people, A and B, developed an ios app together doing equal amounts of work. Suppose that they don't have any written agreements and never registered a company. A registered himself as an ...
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About protecting the time and energy of a startup team against the irresponsibility of academic growth centers or private accelerators [closed]

I have seen some rejection about my and other startups project form the Startup accelerator or Academic incubator, which is taking the team's works and energy. For example, I have one green startup ...
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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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Is there any copyright or other legal issues with copying a website content and show it on another domain?

I found a website with good and rich content that is generated by its users. It's a kind of professional social media that people write long content. The website is too old, and it's usually not easy ...
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Delete another user's account using my email address

Let's suppose I have an email account: user@example.com. Then, some other user signs up on a third-party service with email-based login with my email address (by mistake or not) and then I receive a ...
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Creating a new Rest API that allow to download contents from publicly accessible website

Let say I am planning to create a new Rest API web service Which allows to download contents from a given URL End user can provide a URL and set which item they like to download, it could be images, ...
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Downloading music using "online converters"

Is it illegal to use online converters to download .mp3 files of songs from websites such as Soundcloud, YouTube etc. You can search online for terms such as youtube to mp3 or download from ...
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Can you track those who denied tracking on a website?

I'm coordinating a website project where we are implementing Analytics and a GDPR compliant Cookie Banner. I was asked if we had a way to track how many users have declined analytics in case we needed ...
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How can I protect myself of building a university review website

Suppose that a developer builds a website that let students write reviews of their university. It seems possible that such a site might get lawsuits from the universities if there are some negative ...
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Can I use the font Collegiate FLF for commercial use without legal consequences?

I would like to use the typeface Collegiate FLF, the designers went out of business back in 2003 - Casady-Greene I have been searching for a commercial license for this typeface to no avail. I am not ...
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Do i need to include anything in my website Privacy Policy if I launch on Heroku?

I have been working on a web-app as a hobby. The web-app neither collects nor processes personal data, does not set cookies (or otherwise track individual users), and also does not integrate any ...
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"Impressumspflicht" outside Germany for individuals

This is another "Do I need an Impressum" question in a special case. I understand under German law, an impressum is required for all websites except strictly non-profit-oriented websites for ...

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