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Can I share a copy of Adobe Standalone Flash Player?

As you all know by now, Flash is dead. However, people still want to play flash games. People used to be able to download the standalone adobe flash player to keep playing games flash games, but ...
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Can an individual be held responsible if their code is used maliciously?

For a while now, I have been interested in viruses, backdoors, etc. As a result, I've started to tinker around with techniques on how to go undetectable for educational/personal purposes. I'd like to ...
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Is releasing this company's documents illegal?

I run a website where I sell materials for students interested in finance, law and consulting. My website contains case studies from actual previous interviews. Recently, one of the firms' HR reached ...
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Can a Web site owner prohibit men from accessing a site for religious reasons?

Is it legal for a woman who writes a religious blog to not allow men to access the site because of a belief that women should not teach men about religion?
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Spanish law and IP address as evidence

I have more or less a sense of what the answer is, but I'd rather explore some sides of the question I might not be aware of. In short, a friend of mine (Spanish, living in Spain) has been contacted ...
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Starting a new online business in Canada - legal requirements [closed]

In the next few weeks, I will launch my new website. I have never been involved in legal issues regarding our products as a software developer. If anyone who has experience in these fields could ...
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Do I need a cookie policy/cookie consent on my website just because I use PayPal buttons?

I'm building a website, and the only third party element in it is a PayPal button I use for payments. The PayPal button opens a pop-up window which has its own cookie consent banner. Does that mean I ...
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Are there legalities to pay "royalties" to the authors of creations on my website/platform?

Some context: I am developing a website where users can create posts (i.e. stackexchange, reddit, etc.) These posts generate ad revenue from page visitors I want to add a feature where I take a ...
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What kind of business license do companies like FIVERR have?

Freelancers on the website don't need a business license to create content for their customers. Fiverr is also an international company with freelancers and customers around the world. From what I ...
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Is it legal for a minor who does not live in California to lie about his/her age in order to access the NRA Web site?

The NRA's Web site currently has a screen verifying that the user is over 18 due to a California law prohibiting "communicat[ing] to those under 18 about broad categories of firearms, parts, and ...
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U.S. and international legality of the concept of "controlled digital lending"

In light of the ongoing court case Hachette Book Group, Inc. v. Internet Archive about the concept of so-called "Controlled Digital Lending" (CDL) by libraries and whether this is copyright ...
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Is it safe to create a petproject based on a Pokemon franchise? [duplicate]

Long story short, i'm a web developer and i want to create a petproject. Let say, it will be named "Pokemon Battle Assistant" and it will be about Pokemon. I want to implement a website, an ...
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At what point is uploading a movie with heavy compression not copyright infringement?

My friend recently linked me a GIF of the entire Shrek movie in 60x60 resolution. At the time of writing this, it has 12 million views on imgur. This got me thinking, could a copyright holder ...
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Does Payola apply to Spotify and related services?

If someone paid a Playlist Curator to host music on the curator's playlist, without any disclosure of the payment, would that be illegal? US Title 47 Section 508 states this kind of behavior is ...
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Do I violate the EU GDPR when I host a static website on Google?

To my knowledge IP addresses are considered personal data under the GDPR and thus may only be processed under one of several conditions (one being user consent). There has also been a verdict in a ...
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How to conserve digital proof?

There is some statement, put in digital form on the internet, wich I would like to conserve. The issue is its not available freely but rather after a login,so Internet Archive isn't an Option. How do ...
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Under GDPR, does blurhash of a profile picture count as personal data

Suppose I have a web service where users can have a profile page with name and picture. Blurhash is a technology that allows me to create a significantly blurred representation of an image, as a ...
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Is it legal (in USA) to charge for scraped (public) datasets?

I recently came across ScrapeHero which publicly sells scraped datasets of various kinds. Store locations, product lists etc. Example: IKEA USA locations. Is it fully OK in USA to simply state that ...
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Did Google illegitimately unpublish my app from the store? And can I sue them?

I have an app with lots of downloads and 4.8* reviews on the Play Store for over the last 2 years. In the last update we submitted they decided to check the Privacy-URL as well. This URL was temporary ...
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Citing whole mailing list messages on the web

When I cite a complete message from a mailing list, omitting all personal information, if any, that is relatively concise (“Hi”, definition of problem, question, “Thank You”), can I cite the message ...
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Manipulating product reviews

I obtained a product from an online vendor. At the time it had a 5-star rating, with three reviews praising what was an entirely different product. The product wasn't very good, and I wrote a review ...
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Why was Ross Ulbricht guilty of anything?

If I understand correctly, Ross Ulbricht created Silk Road as a general purpose online market site, similar to eBay except using Tor and Bitcoin (neither of which are illegal), and other people used ...
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Is wiki vandalism illegal?

Is it legal to vandalize wikis if the vandal doesn't use hacked accounts? Could the vandal either be prosecuted or sued?
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Are these acts of impersonation without claim and sharing without proper validation on the internet illegal?

Let's say Mallory makes a video where he looks, sounds, and acts like someone (e.g. a celebrity, the president of the United States) using makeup and voice acting. In the video, he might be doing ...
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Is price parity legal in France?

Is price parity legal in France? I want to sell items on a French website which has requirements to provide the best price available. The contract includes the following: “In order to maintain the ...
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My app modifies the display of website content. Can I suggest a specific list of sites for my target audience?

I'm working on an app idea which offers users a "read view" of websites, which includes stripping the content of ads, changing font and changing the layout of sites to make it easier for ...
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Is what Lowe's Home Improvement online does legal? Can stores list items as in inventory when they are already sold to be installed? [duplicate]

I bought a dishwasher on Lowe's Home Improvement website. The site said it would be available for pickup the next day at my local store. I get a confirmation email for my order in a few minutes and a ...
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What Are Repercussion For Making Uncensorable Social Media? [duplicate]

I'm intending to make and publish an experimental platform where user-generated content (UGC) is uncensorable and permanent. Although tech promotes itself as such, like the omnipotence paradox, man ...
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Price parity clause for marketplace

We are in the E-commerce business and there is a marketplace that we would like to sell our products on. They have in their contract a "price parity clause" meaning we have to give the ...
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Why does Clearview AI get multimillion dollar fines while Pimeyes is allowed to operate freely?

Yesterday the UK has fined Clearview AI 7.5 million pounds for a string of breaches of local privacy laws. The main reason for the fine is that Clearview has never asked individuals whether it can use ...
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GDPR - asking for consent indefinitely if respondent says no, until respondent say yes by exhaustion. Confirming choices allegedly forcing behaviour?

Under EU regulation, GDPR concerns dealing of personal data and describes the different parties that are responsible for handling those data. While navigating on the internet, a pop-up is prompted ...
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Is it legal to use a chatbot as a middleman to access the Web?

In my country (Philippines) Facebook Messenger is free, without the images and video. Even if you don't purchase balance data, you can use Messenger as long as you can connect to the internet. We want ...
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Does Fluff Busting Purity violate Facebook's terms of service?

I'm getting annoyed by Facebook reels, sponsored posts, and other elements on Facebook, desiring a means to control them. The most powerful way to control what content appears on Facebook appears to ...
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Is an automatically generated link to an illegally copied file legal? [duplicate]

I'm thinking of writing a decentralized (not fully peer to peer, but I don't think that matters here) file sharing network program. Servers can inform other servers of files they have available; the ...
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Can a search engine receive DMCA takedowns? (linking to copyrighted content) [duplicate]

I have a site similar to google.com based in canada that indexes various websites online. Some of these sites link directly or indirectly to copyrighted content. I have a "torrent" tab that ...
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How much change to a company’s copyrighted picture is needed?

A picture of a slipcover on a company's website- a company's sofa will always look the same. If you had the sofa picture would look the same so how can it be modified enough? I understand you can't ...
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It is considered copyright infringement to get paid apps free?

It is a copyright infringement to use services that offer paid mobile apps for free? Various sources apparently say that is.
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Do I need to give credit to the original writer if I rewrote something in my own words?

Situation Suppose I have built a computer program which fetches articles from websites, rewrites them and posts them. Since I'm rewriting the article I think copyright law is not violated since ...
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Suit for excessive moderarion

Assume I run a site similar to stack exchange, namely no meaningful terms of service. In that case there is no restriction on behavior, any moderator can delete anything, up to and including running a ...
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Collecting statistics from online gaming and GDPR obligations

I am looking to to build an interface within a sandbox pc game environment that will allow for the collection of tabletop wargaming game stats in addition to player online ID(steam name). This data ...
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Does a website service for image editing need to be ADA compliant for visually impaired users?

I'm getting ready to launch my website for an image editing service. I had come across quite a few articles on how they need to be ADA compliant to offer service in the US without legal troubles. ...
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What are the limits of website scraping under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act?

I have read several news in the EFF's website about court appeals and fights related to web scraping. I am a programmer and have always been worried about what are the limits of scraping. Normally, I ...
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If I buy a song on Bandcamp, can I then use that song in my audio streaming website project accessible by the public?

I want to replicate this site here (note I am not a non-profit like freeCodeCamp): https://coderadio.freecodecamp.org/ I'd like to repurpose it to feature a different genre of music. To accomplish ...
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Is it possible to receive copy of deleted facebook messenger messages under GDPR?

Is it possible to receive copy of deleted private facebook messenger messages under GDPR if two recipients deleted them?
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Am I allowed to use the term "facebook" as a keyword in the <head> section of my website?

I am planning to build a Facebook-related webapp. Judging from Quora: Can I use Facebook word in my domain? and the list of WIPO cases of domains containing "facebook" I'm not allowed to use ...
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Is generating automatic requests illegal?

TL; DR; Is generating automated requests to a government site illegal in some way? There is a government site (EU/Ireland) that provides a WebChat service as a contact option. When the chat is active ...
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Is it legal to put clips/images of Eye catch of series on my website?

Hey so I was kinda thinking of making this website sort of a lookup database like website with a list of all shows and a link to all their eye catches(images or clips). I was just wondering if this ...
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Net neutrality in India

I'm confused about laws regarding net neutrality in India. However I found some information on Wikipedia article on Net neutrality in India Few excerpts from this article — At present, there are no ...
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Is bypassing Content Security Policy illegal?

In HTTP protocol, there is so called Content Security Policy (CSP) that (among other things) allows the creator of a site to disallow browsers to put the site framed inside another site. All ...
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Is there any law in India that mandates address to be published for websites that do business, specially online transactions?

Is there any law that mandates that a physical address to be published for the operators of websites that do business, particularly online transactions? There are laws that mandate a physical address ...

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