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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...
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Is it legal to use Youtube thumbnails on another website?

Let's say I have a website where each page has an embedded Youtube video, and there are also a list of this web pages, can this list display those video thumbnails as the image of the link to the page ...
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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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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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Is Microsoft breaking any laws by forcing upgrades to windows 10?

For a while, now users of older versions of Windows have been seeing frequent prompts to upgrade to Windows 10, and many users have been rejecting the offer. Now those computers have begun to ...
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Who is responsible for the actions of an AI (artificial intelligence) agent?

say i have a software that has AI(artificial intelligence) incorporated into it locally, and the user gives the software some permissions. if the software has caused some problems (developed a hack to ...
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How are MMOs with real money economies allowed to operate?

A lot of Massively Multiplayer Online games include a form of "premium" in-game economy that may be purchased with real money (cash) by the player, usually for the purposes of faster progression in ...
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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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Does a boilerplate legal disclaimer protect authors of content on a website?

Specifically, if the website itself has legal disclaimers to protect itself from litigation arising from legal advice provided on it, would a similar disclaimer claiming to disclaim authors of content ...
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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 ...