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Is there a fixed amount of time in which a copyright infringement must be ignored even if the creator realizes it?

I shared a derivative book I made without authorization just to share a concise version of the original book with my students. This was plenty of years ago, approximately six years from now. I ...
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Must US public agencies accept electronic notarizations performed in other US states?

In the vast majority of the United States, notarizations are required to be performed on physical paper while physically in front of a notary. However, Virginia has authorized notaries within their ...
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do money and virtual coins have the same laws?

Virtual coins are hot and the trend is settling in, many website are starting to create their own virtual currencies that can be used on their own website. What laws apply on these coins, are they ...
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Can a business itself that rent digital content from other content provider stream the content freely

My question is if a business (its staff) that purchased TVOD (pay-per-view) streaming content can freely stream the content for themselves usually? Is there a norm or does that strictly depend on the ...
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Would changing the medium of disclosure of code change how and whether copyright is enforceable?

I recently encountered someone that wrote a paper including 100 pages of pasted (computer) code. When I suggested that the pages of code could be better uploaded and made freely available on github....
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Is it illegal to create a website that allows a user to upload a file and make it accessable and downloadable for others?

I am working on a website in which a user can sign in and upload a file and other users can search for it by name and download it. Those files will be catagorized as audio, video, apps(linux, windows, ...
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Do I have any legal recourse against trolls spamming my forum?

I run a forum for supporters of a sports club. I often get supporters from a rival club coming in, creating a user, and spamming my forum, most often after we lose a big game, particularly if against ...
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Can you run a Patreon and collect money on behalf of someone else?

Say a guy creates a Patreon for his brother who is a video game designer. A lot of people love his games and he's popular in the community. The guy does not imitate his brother, but instead claims ...
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Does the repeal of net neutrality remove monopoly protections from ISPs?

The repeal of net neutrality was done (in part) by declassifying ISPs as title II common carriers. As I understand it, being a title II common carrier implies being treated like a utility under a ...
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Can a TOS supersede Contract Law?

I've recently used a "service" app. It connects handypeople / cleaners to users and facilitate the transaction. The App confirmed the appointment and took payment. 55 minutes before the appointment ...
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Is it legal to download progamming eBooks from GitHub?

I recently planned to buy one of the book from Microsoft Press Store online. But browsing through one of the technical blog, I found the blog author providing link to download the same eBook for free....
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Which country's law applies when scraping / crawling web pages?

I'm interested in the legal aspects of gathering (scraping) data from web pages with web robots / scrapers / crawlers. I am not sure which country's law applies in the case that a website is hosted in ...
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To share a summary of a book, and put my name on it, is illegal?

I made a summary of a book I used in class years ago in order share it with my students. In the summary, I took whole sentences and equations from the original book, and reduce the pages from 600 to ...
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Is Running Tor software legal in Europe?

What is the legality of doing the following, under European and, in particular, Spanish law? Using the Tor browser Setting up a Tor relay Setting up a Tor exit node
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How is “use” of software typically meant in EULAs?

You may not do any of the following with respect to the Licensed Materials or any of its parts: (a) use it commercially or for a promotional purpose; (b) use it on more than one device at a ...
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Would I be liable for any illegal traffic that comes through my VPN?

Say I hosted a virtual private network somewhere on a cloud hosting provider, say an amazon aws server. If I shared access to that VPN to other people (say for simplicity's sake, 5 friends), someone ...
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Can I count unique users without a cookie warning?

Is there a way to count (approximate) unique users on a website without having to display that silly cookie warning? The usual way to track unique users is to set a cookie. An alternative (less ...
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Would the end of “net neutrality” legally allow individual ISPs to block access to/censor sites and services?

Much of what I have been reading points to ISPs being allowed to throttle, ie. slow down access to certain "competing" websites and services. If current "net neutrality" laws were to be repealed, ...
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Will net neutrality require me as an ISP to actively throttle my own users?

If I am an ISP, I have to pay some money to my upstream network provider in order to transfer data in and out at a certain speed for a certain ammount of data. This is reflected on the user by speed ...
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What does it mean to “pirate” a game, app, or other digital resource?

I've heard the term "pirate" many times before, but I have never really understood it. How do people do it and why?
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Is port scanning illegal?

"A port scan or portscan is a process that sends client requests to a range of server port addresses on a host, with the goal of finding an active port; this is not a nefarious process in and of ...
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Does Deep Packet Inspection violate privacy laws?

Most, if not all ISPs do some form of Deep Packet Inspection under the guise of maintaining QOS, security mitigation, legal compliance, and/or national security. Some have even gone as far as offering ...
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Liability from unsecured wireless hotspot for security testing

Lets say I have created an "Offensive" security system. It runs on my own private network on my laptop any where I go. My private network has a wireless access point called "Malicious Wifi" and it is ...
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Does U.S.C Title 18 Section 2512 apply to “wireless auditing tools?”

Tools such as the "WiFi pineapple" are rising in popularity in penetration testing and hacking communities. These devices are designed to allow and explicitly marketed as being able to intercept WiFi ...
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Age of Consent Laws: can a person get prosecuted for a false accusation without evidence? (Read details, hypothetical example)

Hypothetical example: If two adults are having an online conversation about a romantic relationship and person A accuses person B out of nowhere and says "it seems like you had sex with a minor", ...
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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 ...
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Why is there an apparent legal bias against digital services?

Over the years, many websites - mostly file-sharing websites - have been taken down due to the users using the service for less-than-legal activities. Most of these websites posted well-visible ...
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When are computer viruses illegal?

Is it legal to create and send someone a computer virus if it doesn’t damage their computer? For example if a computer virus just spies on a persons screen, is that illegal? I red on a Quora question ...
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Facebook disabled my account; can I legally force them to restore it?

I was trying to sell adult goods on facebook as I sold other kind of products as usual to multiple facebook communities. I happened to forget nudity was forbidden on facebook. But the package ...
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Is it legal to copy website design?

Is it legal to copy a website design? I'm a developer not a designer, and I found a very cool website. I made an exact replica of the website every shape, navigation is in the same place that the ...
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Is it legal to link or embed somebody else's content if I give credit?

I want to embed this website as part of a website. If the website is commercial am I allowed to do this if I credit them? If not, is it legal just to link to them as part of tutorial page?
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Classifieds site's responsibility for user content

Say there is a website allowing users to post ads/classifieds. Every ad includes the poster's contacts details (however, there is no guarantee that they are genuine). Now, user U posts an ad ...
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Choosing Domain Name and Avoiding Lawsuit?

So say I wanted to create the blog "TheSportLad" that is about sport news and "Lad" as in (young man). Say there is a small blog called "TheSportLand" also doing some news about sports. Would I be ...
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Are there any legal limitations to using IP based authorisation so that only users from client premises can have access to cloud?

We have a cloud-based B2B solution that is meant to help them collate and manage their operational data. One of clients wants to ensure that their employees can only access their data from devices ...
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High value domain taken by registrar

I registered a domain name with a large domain registrar. The domain is very unique. The transaction went through. My credit card was billed. I received an invoice. I set up the domain with my ...
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Where can I find a lawyer for victims of cyberstalking?

Where can I find a lawyer for victims of cyberstalking? One can find a criminal defense lawyer but not the one help these victims.
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Can hotlinking of internet content be considered generally legal? [duplicate]

After the Perfect 10 vs. Amazon case can the practice of hotlinking (inline linking) of content in general and images in particular, be considered legally valid in general? To make it a bit ...
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Legality of mass email situation

I am launching a business directed towards college campuses. I know the email address format of the first college I will be launching at is firstname.lastname@college.edu . Basically, I would not have ...
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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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How can I prove that content existed on the Internet?

I want to make a record that establishes that certain content existed on Internet at some point of time. It seems that http://archive.is/ is a way to archive the page. But, are there any other ...
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Can arrival/departure stamps on an expired passport be used in court to prove someone wasn't in the country?

Can arrival/departure stamps on an expired passport be used in court to prove someone wasn't in the country and is therefore innocent? Hypothetical question: For example, if someone commits an ...
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Ticket Seller's Liability

I bought four tickets to a concert on craigslist. Then I sold two of them on stubhub. I later learned the tickets might be fake. I immediately notified stubhub. I was told seller's agreement is I am ...
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Who is responsible for copyright infringement on P2P distributed systems?

Let's suppose there is a P2P system for storing files on a blockchain. The stored files would stay online forever and cannot be taken down because of the blockchain's own nature. If some copyrighted ...
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If someone commits an Internet crime using your Wi-Fi, how can you legally prove it wasn't you?

Let's say for the sake of example, you're an 18 year old college student and your uncle's family comes over to visit. Your cousins ask for your Wi-Fi password and you give it to them, or they guess ...
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Can identification be confirmed over a mobile application, for alcohol consumption

I am in charge of hosting an event, here in California, and I had a quick question regarding the legality of an offer that was presented to me recently. The event that we are hosting will be ...
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Can an internet provider replace content of websites if the end user is aware of it?

Let's say an internet provider (ex: Comcast, At&t, Verizon) says to their users: Hey we have this new free internet access, however, by using it the end ad content will be changed to our liking -...
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Does selling certificates from Let's Encrypt violate their ToS?

A company I (unfortunately) worked for in the past is selling Let's Encrypt certificates for about 10€/month. I don't need to tell you that these certificates are free for everyone. The customers are ...
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Mailing bot illegal? [Social Experiment]

Hope I am in the right place for this type of question. I am a developer that would like to start up a little project that is kind of a social experiment. The idea is that I setup a mailing bot with ...
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Face prosecution under Spotify’s terms & conditions?

Hypothetical: Suppose that I have an acquaintance who is an artist on Spotify. In an effort to promote said person’s music, I offer to loop their music on my computer ad infinitum in return for a cut ...
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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 ...