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Regulation of data (ISP's)

I've noticed that several technologies are springing up that are alternatives to last-mile industry standards, like: Mimosa https://mimosa.co/ Starry http://fortune.com/2016/01/27/starry-wireless-...
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Invalid information in Impressum on German web site

What are the possible legal implications, and what possible recourse is there for a visitor from outside Germany, when a German website has an Impressum section with invalid contact information? The ...
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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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Legality of invoicing a content spammer for advertising fees and enforce such an invoice?

I am wondering if it would be legal for party A to invoice a company which posts spam advertisements on a website owned by party A which has a terms of service prohibiting such unsolicited and ...
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Open source company - how to protect myself from being sued?

In 2 and a bit weeks I'll be participating in a hackathon, where I'll create the prototype of an application that I want to base a company off of in the maybe-near future. Both the prototype and the ...
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Can I break a trademark word into two terms and use it for my products?

I was recently approached by a company to stop using the name "Brain Dots" because they have trademarked the word "BrainDots". "BrainDots" is a single word where as "Brain Dots" are two separate ...
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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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Is publicly accessible data protected?

Are there any restrictions to using publicly accessibly information posted by a company? An example would be a list of the 100 top movies on IMDB, or the 30 most-followed pages on Twitter, or the 5 ...
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File host that uploads illegal files to other file hosts

Imagine two file hosting websites. Perhaps Dropbox and Google Drive. Now imagine a third file hosting service. However, what it does is grab your file, split it in two chunks, encrypt both of them, ...
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Paypal chargebacks

I hope this is the right place to ask this kind of question! I am a videogame streamer on twitch.tv. It is pretty common to have a so called donation button there. It is a button where you can support ...
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Legal issues of a website such as [businessname]sucks.com

What kinds of legal issues do websites such as [businessname]sucks.com have in terms of copyright infringement, libel and defamation, and/or other issues? Let's say there is a website called [...
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Internet Retailer Sharing Customer Information on Review Site

Recently, I had a poor experience with an online retailer. After the retailed failed to resolve the issue, I filed a BBB complaint. The retailer then notified me that they had posted my "customer ...
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Can a business owner make untrue statement about the performances of their business on their website?

Example: a law firm advertises on its website that 99% of H-1B Visa Application they fill are accepted. Is the law firm legally bounded to state the true number, or can it state any number they feel ...
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Is it legal to watch online videos of TV shows or music videos?

On video sharing sites, like YouTube, is it legal for a person to watch music videos, TV shows or movies? I'm wondering if this counts as copyright infringement. I know the person responsible for ...
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Is email legally same as telegraph?

I'm a software developer interested in knowing the legal aspects of Internet and technology. I came across the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 which says "telegraph" means any appliance, instrument, ...
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A Code License for Stack Exchange

There have been heated discussions(1 2) over what license should be used to cover the code posted on Stack Exchange because the CC-BY-SA license is inadequate. Both have been received with criticism ...
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For a website owner's ToS to shield him/her from liability, does it have to be written in terms of a proper legal entity, like an LLC?

Suppose Bob and Terry Jones own the domain example.org, and are going to start a website called ExamplePedia. It will be a lot like Wikipedia: a non-profit, web 2.0 site, hosting collaboratively ...
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Website shows which Powerball ticket combos have been picked

Recently it has been big news that the Powerball lottery has grown to record jackpot sizes and if no winner by Saturday it could hit 2 billion dollars. There are roughly 2.92 million possible ...
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Dark web youtube videos - legal to post?

Is it legal to post dark web exploration videos (e.g. exploring virtual drug markers without buying anything) on YouTube without any trouble (I live in Europe, Estonia to be specific)? And clearly I'...
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Bought tokens in a game but the game quit, can I get my money back?

So there was this small scale online game where I bought some ingame tokens to buy a different sprite. I bought 20$ worth of ingame tokens a month ago and spent most of it on items in the game. The ...
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Law and open-source project

I am going to create open-source project for Linux, and i would like to ask you, how is it with licenses and law. For example i will make a project with GPL license and: Must i have company, or can ...
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What happens if I don't accept cookies?

Due to the so-called "cookie law", websites that are owned in the EU or are targeted towards EU citizens are now required to prompt users to store cookies. Most often this takes the form of either a ...
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Is it legal to copy information from a website with attribution?

I was thinking of starting a website that provides price listings of certain online in-game products (items which can be used within a game that must be purchased using real money). I was planning to ...
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Are pictures saved from snapchat illegal?

Is it illegal to save a picture from a snap/story of someone on the snapchat app? I just want to save a picture and keep it for myself, I'm not going to share it or put it on internet. Can the victim ...
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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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Can an ISP be fined for Copyright Infringement on their networks?

I was told from a local ISP that they are shutting off accounts for copyright infringement, because they personally can be fined if they do not. Has there been any news worthy events regarding ISPs ...
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Is our website responsible for users' offline actions?

On our website clients find models for their photo shootings, castings, promotional events, etc. A client transfers an escrow payment to us and when a model finishes the job we sent the money to the ...
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Do I need terms and conditions and privacy policy on my website

I have made my own website with a simple blog and login facilities so users can play a simple game I have made. Do I need terms and conditions and a privacy policy? I have already implemented a cookie ...
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Whatsapp blocked by justice

Here in Brazil we have this case: justice has asked Facebook for some data from a drug dealer whatsapp account. Facebook denied. Now, justice has blocked Whatsapp service in all the country as a ...
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Can I ban robots?

Say I have a website with content I want to protect. Say I want people to access that site — but only manually, while sitting at their computer typing the keys — not by writing some computer program ...
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Legal basis for distancing from internet services

Our private team of gamers has a small gaming community. In order to increase our reach of people and to let our community grow, we do provide some users with free Minecraft servers, as well as ...
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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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What basis would a school have to suspend for bullying?

Say a student was insulting another or some individual. If the remarks aren't categorized as a death threat, would the "bully" be suspended? Also, what if this was a case of Cyber Bullying, where the ...
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Can bitcoins be taxed?

Let's say I give someone a bitcoin and then they give me a phone. Could the IRS — or a similar organization, if outside the U.S. — say I bougth the phone and take a chunk of the bitcoins? What if ...
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Where in the Protect America Act is it stated that the NSA can monitor all electronic communication?

There is a statement that I have heard floating around regarding the Protect America Act (2007) https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/110/s1927/text and the powers it grants to the NSA (National ...
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Using online posts as evidence of defamation [closed]

Can untrue online posts and comments be used as evidence to substantiate a claim of libel?
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Personal Info In Commercial Video

If my phone number is put in a commercial video for sale (in a scene involving texting) without my authorization is that illegal? What action can be taken? I work on the set, I've never signed a ...
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Top 100 Charts copyright

Am I breaking copyright if use the Billboard Hot 100 chart on my own website but in a different format and adding data, I created, to it. On the website I am displaying this modified chart and ...
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Is an electronic signature legally binding if one of the parties is hosting the contract?

When is an electronic signature (IP address, timestamp, and checkbox or PNG of the signature) on a contract legally binding? Can a contract be legally binding if it is hosted by one of the parties and ...
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Providing exam solutions?

Some universities do not provide solutions/mark-schemes to exam papers. If someone (e.g. a student) was to upload online (e.g. via a blog or in a document) solutions that they themselves have made ...
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List of things that are illegal to sell online?

I'm looking for a list of products/things/services that are illegal to sell online. Preferably not just things that are illegal to sell in person as well. For instance, I believe it is illegal to ...
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Is the article in the Stanford Law and Policy Review (see below) actually referring to the Telecommunications act of 1996?

While reading this article in the Stanford Law and Policy Review, I came across references to the Telecommunications Act of 1996 stating that: Under the Telecommunications Act of 1996, different ...
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Why YTS owner not jailed for illegal digital distribution, even police caught him?

The guy behind YTS must be thanking his lucky stars. On 21 October, 2015 MPAA team shut down YTS site. Mega Upload owner was jailed for decades, even after he is running legal site, But YTS is not a ...
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Is it legal to post GIFs/videos of NFL plays online?

On some blogs I see GIFs or videos of certain plays from NFL games. Is it legal to create these and post them online? You always hear the disclaimer on TV about using the footage, but I see this stuff ...
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Is it legal to access open wifi networks without permission

Let's say if my neighbor keeps his/her wifi-network security open and my wifi settings are set to automatically connect to open wireless networks as they don't need any key to access. Then ...
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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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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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My nickname violate the Google+ Names Policy, how about my privacy?

I would like to use my nickname instead of full name when commenting on random posts within Google network. However when I wanted to enforce that (by changing my Full Name into nickname), I found out ...
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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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How to prevent internet company from changing Terms of Service?

So you sign up on website.com, you click on the notorious I accept tos and privacy policy checkbox (many without reading it) and you pay for the service. Month later, website changes their TOS page ...