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Legality of scanning a site with SSLLabs SSL Server Test in order to find and report weaknesses

I am wanting to scan a site (which I do not own) to see if they are vulnerable to anything like Heartbleed or the POODLE attack, not because I want to exploit any such vulnerabilities for malicious ...
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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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Does my school have a right to get involved over something relating to them, but done in isolation of them?

Okey, this is going to be quite a specific question about something that has come up. I am a school student, and I sent various emails to the developers of the school management software that my ...
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It is appropriate to include Google Maps screenshot acknowledging it is from Google?

As my web spider was crawling, I found this site. It uses a Google Maps screenshot without using the widget or acknowledging that it is from Google. Is this legal? Should I inform the site to remove ...
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Can anyone record a cover of a song I put on SoundCloud?

My friend asked me if he could record a cover of a song that I put on SoundCloud called Gratitude (License: All Rights Reserved). What legal rights does my friend have? Does he need my permission? ...
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What must I do to legally create a MMO browser game? [closed]

I am an adult programmer who knows (absolutely) nothing about law. What must I do to start a MMO browser game? I mean a massively-multiplayer online browser game similar to (for example) Travian, ...
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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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Are pictures that don't have model releases protected under the DMCA?

Let's say a user of my website posted a picture. I know that as long as my website and the picture satisfies the conditions of the DMCA, I have a safe harbor against copyright claims by the individual ...
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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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Spam email blockers where recipient may never receive an important message

In the hope of reducing my email burden, I have been considering something like the service here. The process works as follows: Person A sends email to Person B Person A receives automated message ...
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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 republishing social meta tag's content permissible for commercial use?

Is it legal to do the following (which Facebook and Twitter do for commercial use): embed social meta tag's public content (such as pictures) on a website for commercial use, linking back to the ...
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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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Legality of creating bot accounts in Facebook/Twitter/Instagram

I am a programmer and have a job offer to create a script that will automate the creation of a Bot Farm. So my boss wants me to develop a program to mass-create Facebook/Twitter/Instagram accounts. ...
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How It is with sharing content on Facebook

Facebook Terms of Service contains (3.8.2015) the following text in section 2.4: When you publish content or information using the Public setting, it means that you are allowing everyone, ...
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Re-posting a screenshot on Stack Exchange or Quora

Can Bob legally post a screenshot of a program in a Stack Exchange or Quora post, and if so does he need to add any form of credit along with the screenshot? Bob didn't take the screenshot himself, he ...
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Do user agreements with a company carry on after corporate mergers or splits?

I wanted to ask in regards to the eBay/PayPal split about a month ago. Namely: Do the user agreements continue once the companies split? In my mind, because PayPal is splitting off into its own ...
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Are Captcha solver farms illegal?

Let say that captcha is a picture that prevents automated programs to do a certain task. Now imagine that we have a service in which some people works to solve some captchas. These captchas are sent ...
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Practicing Law without a License over the Internet

John Smith is a US citizen who is ordinarily a resident of California who is not and never has been admitted to the bar in any jurisdiction. He is travelling in the UK, and gives legal advice on ...
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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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Is it illegal/unlawful to use an adblocker?

So, this might sound like an odd question, but at a very simple ethical level there is a clear problem with using an adblocker. There is, after all, a very clear understanding that ad providers are ...
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Apple AppStore app rejection and Freedom of speech/press

My question relates to one Apple App Store guideline: Referencing third-party platforms in your app or its metadata is not appropriate on the App Store. I understand this to mean that it is ...
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How to obtain a sync license for posting a cover version online?

SoundCloud states: You'll still need permission from the original copyright holders of a song before you can post your cover on SoundCloud, even if you provided the vocals and played all the ...
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Can I embed YouTube videos?

Is embedding YouTube music videos on a webpage using the native iframe player illegal? Are there issues (for instance, copyright) to be wary of?
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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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Does the use of an escrow service affect liabilities?

Would a website that provides a third-party escrow service to protect its members that trade between themselves be increasing its exposure to any additional liabilities? My thinking is that despite ...
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Is “hi-speed internet” the same as “broadband”?

FCC.gov regulates broadband in the United States, and as of early 2015, they define it as 25 Mbps download with 3 Mbps upload (up from 4 and 1, respectively, that it used to be prior to 2015). But a ...
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Are website operators allowed to detect and block website content based on browser add-ons?

In this case, it's about Ad Blocker. I've noticed more and more websites blocking their content based on whether their visitors are using this add-on or not. From their point of view, I understand it'...
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Do claimless advertisements need to have disclaimers?

My question concerns the requirement for advertisements to carry a disclaimer stating that they are advertisements, specifically in the United States. According to the FTC (though not in these words), ...
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StackOverflow logo change vs. user contributions and CC BY-SA 3.0

After the temporary LoveOverflow logo change, there has been a whole lot of fuss about SO and political matters, including a question on MSO claiming that displaying such a logo on a page with user ...
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Would I get myself into trouble if I say that I'm using pirated material?

Let's say that I am downloading pirated material (pdf books) via bittorrent because I can not afford to pay for the items. If I later say (admit) that I'm downloading and using these pirated ...
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Is it always permissible to republish the Metadata of a website?

If you right click in this website and select "View page source", you can find between hundreds of lines of code the following: <meta name="twitter:card" content="summary"> <meta ...
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When is misrepresentation and concealment allowed in negotiating contracts?

Suppose I, or a company I own, want to purchase a domain name from an existing owner. Am I allowed to blatantly lie about the interests I represent and why I want the domain? Can I, for example, buy ...
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Would a community website be liable if members took it upon themselves to start privately trading items between each other?

Consider a scenario where a community site, based in Switzerland, with an international member base has two memberships: free accounts and premium subscription-paying accounts. The primary service ...
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Is it legal to share a script that scrapes a website and presents in a different format?

Most news sites and tech blogs provide only a summary in their rss feeds. If I write a script that scrapes their website and extracts some useful data, can I share the script as open source. Does it ...
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What legal liability does one's participation on Stack Exchange carry?

This question is motivated by a question which came up recently on engineering.SE: Cracks on the wall. It may be closed in the future so I will summarize. The user posted pictures of (very large) ...
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GoDaddy hoarding domains. What is my legal recourse?

I want to purchase a domain: curion.com It is unavailable because it is held by godaddy (as shown on whois.net) Question is, Can a web hosting company hoard a domain name to itself. Is it even ...
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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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Are websites legally obligated to provide a non-javascript login page?

I have read a couple times now that Websites are obligated to provide an alternative login page when their login form uses Javascript. I have not been able to find much resources on the matter though. ...
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If someone is cybersquatting myname.com, can I claim it back?

According to the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, Cybersquatting on a trademark is illegal. However, someone registered myfirstname.com. Do I have any legal right to ask them to sell it to ...
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Are forum users who establish their identity more entitled to protection from libel?

In an online forum or social network does a user who ties the identity of their presence there to their real world identity have more recourse open to them with regard to being libeled than a user who ...
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What jurisdiction does an IP address fall under?

What is an IP Address? An Internet Protocol address (IP address) is a numerical label assigned to each device (e.g., computer, printer) participating in a computer network that uses the ...
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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 ...