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Can you be accused of hotlinking/copyright violation if you use an iframe?

Can you be accused of hotlinking or copyright infringement if you use an iframe (web element) of another website? Can you be sued for this if the website doesn't prevent iframe using and doesn't ...
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GDPR Compliance: Do all Cookies require Opt-In?

Given a Web Site which uses cookies for the following: User Preferences Bookmarked Articles Cookie Preferences what explicit permissions would be required from the user? Here I anticipate the ...
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Is it infringement to give a link to a copyrighted file?

Does posting a link to a copyrighted file, such that accessing the linked file would constitute infringement, but where the file itself is not on my servers, constitute any sort of crime or ...
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Where can I find a comprehensive document of computer laws?

I am interested in computers and want to pursue this interest further by getting my education in programming and security. I've only just started so I'm scared that I might break some law that was not ...
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Is it really possible to use Google Analytics without consent, and if so, why exactly?

I'm asking about the GDPR and the European Union. Lots of websites claim that it is possible to use Google Analytics without asking for the user's consent. Even some answers here suggest that it is ...
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How to Prove, Legally, That a User Actually Clicked the “I Accept” for TOS, etc

In a click-wrap scenario, how does one prove, legally, that a user actually clicked or checked the "i accept" or equivalent on a given site. e.g. what if the website owner doesn't track clicks, ...
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Can Google legally host images for its search results without permission?

Google crawls websites, and downloads the images to their servers along with the related metadata. These images are then presented to the user when searching Google for related images. If the owner ...
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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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“Right of access by the data subject” if the IP address is the only personal data

IP addresses are "personal data" according to the GDPR. When saving IP addresses in web server access logs, data subjects have the right to get the log entries for the IP addresses they used (article ...
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Is it legal to host a directory of .onion urls?

.onion is a special-use top level domain suffix designating an anonymous hidden service reachable via the Tor network. .onion. (2016, March 11). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 12:46,...
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Sexting and age

This question is about sexting (a person sending a sexually explicit image of themself to a recipient by electronic means). When can the recipient get in trouble with the law if the person sending ...
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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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Terms and condition for web scraping

I intend to scrape (download all articles) from a newspaper website which has some terms and conditions listed in its footer. The part which seems to be in my interest is as follows: You shall not ...
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Why is Silk Road criminal but not LocalBitcoins?

How are the Localbitcoins.com founders safe from money laundering laws? LocalBitcoins says its purpose is to connect buyers and sellers. That legalese makes it escape criminal laws. What about Silk ...
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Cyberstalking and RateMyProfessors.com

Imagine this hypothetical scenario: I am a faculty at a state university. I have an entry at RateMyProfessors.com (http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/) that shows up when people search Google with my ...
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Would GDPR affect my own personal website?

I am developing my own website with a blog, portfolio and tutorials, which will be accessible to the public. As I am the only person who is in charge (my personal site), would I have to oblige to ...
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My ISP is injecting .swf into my webpage. How legal is this?

I recently saw a pop-up, on a http page. It was the advertisement of some offers provided by the ISP. Here is the code: <td> <object width="480" height="195" data="<url>/V3/...
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Is it legal to download and modify videos from YouTube licensed under creative Commons?

I want to download and modify YouTube videos (licensed under creative Commons) programmatically and further use it for commercial purpose on other sites. Is it legal to do so ? Please provide ...
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It is legal to save and index a copy of any leaked database?

I'm wondering if it is legal to use a copy of a leaked database like the leaked Adobe database containing email addresses, encrypted passwords and password hints. I can imagine it won't be legal to ...
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Do cookie banners need to change for GDPR compliance?

Many sites these days display a "cookie banner" which declares that cookies are being used on the site, generally with a link to a policy document, which state that continued use of the site amounts ...
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Transferring public domain material into a country where it is still in copyright

I've noticed that, in Australia, books created by authors who've died before 1955 are in the public domain. For example, all of George Orwell's works are available from the University of Adelaide: ...
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How to make sure my website complies with things like COPPA?

I want to start an online browser game following all laws. A few days ago I heard of COPPA - Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. In this link, they clearly explain in all details what must be ...
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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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Website Registration Terms Agreement - Implicit With a Blurb or Need Checkbox?

During sign-up, the user must agree to the terms and conditions and privacy policy. Is it sufficient to state: "by registering, you agree to our terms of service and privacy policy" (where the words ...
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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 Showbox legal to use in the UK?

The Android app "Showbox" allows users to stream the latest movies (still in the cinema) to their device for watching (but not keeping). Is this app legal to use in the UK? EDIT: After researching ...
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Do web applications as hobby projects need to comply with the GDPR?

I would like to know if you must comply with the General Data Protection Regulation, if you've made a web application that is not subject to any business or organisation. 2) This Regulation does ...
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How do concepts like intent, discrimination, and bias apply to an Artificial Intelligence agent?

Background I work at a financial institution in the United States and have been researching the regulatory impacts of Artificial Intelligence recently - specifically the simple purpose-specific ...
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User consent required under GDPR

I am having an Android app which uses certain Analytics services such as Google Analytics, Firebase etc. These services collect certain information from the user. For this reason I have drafted a ...
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According to GDPR, do I need a contract for processing on behalf with my e-mail provider?

It seems already sufficiently established that a contract for processing on behalf according to GDPR Art. 28 is necessary with one's web hoster. Now, I am wondering whether the same is true for the e-...
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Is it legal to download a website and display it on another that I own?

I would like to know if it is legal to download the content of a website and display it in my own? There is one way to include a website inside another: <iframe> (w3schools description) ...
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What jurisdictions could a crime committed in an internet chat room fall under?

This arose from an actual conversation in chat. The question was originally posed by Doorknob. Let's say that someone denied the Holocaust in a message posted in a Stack Exchange chat room. This is a ...
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How prominent must terms of service be?

How easy must it be to find a website's terms of service? I assume that if it's very difficult to find, then users couldn't be reasonably expected to know the terms of service. Are there any ...
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Is it legal to copy a website's terms of use?

I was wondering if it's legal to copy a website's "Terms of Use" policy, and then use it on your own website?
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Website liability for user contributed content that may be unlawful?

In a situation where a website: allows users to contribute content (articles, images, comments, etc) specifies in the TOS that those contributions become property of the website, etc. does not / can ...
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Is it legal to copy pictures found on social media and upload them again?

I know with other works, as soon as a person creates it, it is automatically copyrighted. So does that mean when a person takes a picture its automatically their property and no one else can do ...
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Are tweets or Instagram posts copyrighted?

There are accounts on Twitter and Instagram that make money by posting sponsored content. Let's say another account does the same thing, but it just copies the tweets/posts from the more popular ...
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Is scraping real estate data illegal in anyway?

So a relative of mine works in the real estate business and she wants me to write a Python script that scrapes property prices and lot size from a website, calculate price per sqft, and email her the ...
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Charging someone with theft of virtual currency

I've done some reading about gruesome tales of folks spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on video game currencies only to have their accounts irreversibly stolen or lost due to a bad in game ...
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Opt Out Consent under GDPR

I am having an Android App which uses certain service such as Analytics, Ad Networks. I am taking the consent from the user at when the app starts, i.e. before collecting any info. But there are ...
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I emailed a law and data privacy professor regarding an issue I was having to do with internet privacy law. Will I get in legal trouble for this?

I emailed an American law and data privacy professor to ask to help explain whether google could reveal my information if a court order was taken out to identify me. I was very over emotional in the ...
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Where can I report criminal intent found on the dark web?

I wasn't sure if I should ask this here or on the Tor site. I think it fits more here. I came across a Stack Exchange clone on the dark web. I won't go into too much detail or provide a link, but ...
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Do Github Projects by Germans Require an “Imprint” (Link) in their Readme?

As is discussed in various places, German law requires an "imprint"/"Impressum" (a page with some contact information, such as a physical address and an e-mail address, on the person responsible for ...
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Mistakenly agreed with a scammer’s term of use

Say, someone was scammed by a false online bitcoin mining service. He invested some money to buy the scammer’s service, the service was said to produce bitcoins online at a very fast speed without any ...
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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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How to block children under 13 to access my website and still comply with COPPA?

(This is a follow-up question from How to make sure my website complies with things like COPPA?) COPPA stands for Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule. In their FAQ they say "yes, you can ...
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Is it legal to publish email that someone sent to me?

I'm not asking whether it is ethical - that would be a totally different question. I'm asking whether it is legal? In my book - in my way how I interpret consensual reality - once I press SEND ...
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Copying HTML: copyright violation?

(I'm reposting this from workplace S.E. where I was advised to ask here; apologies in advance for any inconvenience) tl;dr: in the USA, is copying the HTML code from a site (any site whose code is ...
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What are the basic legal requirements I have as a website owner?

Let's say I run a basic website with no special legal concerns. What legal issues does every website have that I should know about?
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To what degree do I have to comply to COPPA in this scenario?

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) is designed to restrict sites collecting information about children under the age of 13 years of age. If I am operating a general purpose web ...