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Is It Legal For Amateurs To Investigate Crimes / Cold Cases?

As someone who is not a member of law enforcement, I have an interest in possibly investigating unsolved crimes and cold cases near me, including missing persons. I am in Michigan, in case ...
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Is it legal for energy companies to break into a house?

There are a couple of stories in the news about energy firms breaking into houses because of unpaid erroneous bills. The common features of relevance are: There was debate about the validity of ...
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When is it illegal to use artistic material from a TV show for an app? [closed]

The TV show is Korean (Squid Game) but the app would be launched in the UK. I wish to call my app Squid < Something >, perhaps Squid Racing or Squid Bingo etc. And I wish the app to follow the ...
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Is it legal to record streaming video for time shifting?

In the UK there is an explicit exception to copyright for the purpose of time shifting: Details of the exceptions to copyright that allow limited use of copyright works without the permission of the ...
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At a high level what are the differences in laws in Canada that make guns more restricted than in the US?

What laws make it so that guns are less used in Canada than certain US states? In both places a person is allowed to keep a gun with them in their home. Hypothetically they can use the gun in ...
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Does employer have a responsibility to keep employees (personal) contact information private?

I had done some short term work for a company. I noticed they have a Google Drive Document that anyone with the link can access. The document contains all employees personal email addresses, phone ...
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Is it legal to bring an unarmed emptied/spent casing to school?

I am a bit experienced with firearms and know how to handle them. I take them out to the range and fire them. My friend is a hunter and recently gifted me with a SPENT 30-08 Springfield casing AT ...
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Can I use MongoDB Community for profit?

Recently Mongo has relicensed MongoDB under their own custom license. Suppose that a developer D plans to use MongoDB Community on his or her own self hosted servers. Suppose further that D will use ...
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Is it legal to obscure the address on V5C(W) (logbook)?

A family member has just purchased a car from an entity that was purporting to be a car dealer, and the V5C(W) (part of the document that defines the registered keeper) with which they were provided ...
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Can Bob provide translations to copyrighted articles on his websites?

Consider a scenario: Bob is an owner of a website. Bob plans to stream the translation of a copyright-subject article on the website. Is permission from the copyright holder needed for Bob to stream ...
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Is it legal to CC a real or fake lawyer on an email as an intimidation tactic? What if this is combined with registering a new domain?

I heard about this idea on Reddit. To intimidate someone, send them an email and CC (copy) a lawyer with their business email address with the name of the law firm they work for. Also, you can ...
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In Texas, can one's rental application be rejected after previous acceptance and collection of deposit?

I need to know if it is legal and on what basis can a landlord do such.
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Which laws are broken if a company rents out ransomware?

Suppose a company writes and owns a software that can be used to commit ransomware attacks (say break into someone elses IT system, encrypt everything, demand ransom for decryption). The software also ...
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Is it legal to make encryption breaking technology public?

Much of our critical infrastructure relies on encryption as the bedrock of its security. Encryption, however, is a practically a "very hard" mathematical problem that will take eternity to ...
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Can companies that buy the broadcasting rights, also buy merchandising rights in North America?

Can companies that buy the broadcasting rights, also buy merchandising rights in North America? I have been wondering if that's considered to be illegal practice, because that gives a company too much ...
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Would a free lottery app be legal in the US and most countries?

Suppose that a developer builds an application that Is similar to a lottery app, the only difference is that a user will gain a ticket for watching ads (E.G videos, banners) and it will give the ...
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is it illegal to falsely use an unrelated act to block/ban things?

My school blocks many random things (like duckduckgo and drifthunters) swearing that they did it because of the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), but that only really says to ban obsene ...
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Legality of commiting a crime, car theft

I am interested in knowing about the legality of committing a crime in a situation that disable another crime from happening while protecting one's life or property. For example: A man a has a car. ...
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Is it legal to use a drone to photograph a power plant?

Assume the drone is launched from from outside the property of the plant and does not fly over the property boundary of the plant. Location is the United States. (If laws by state differ then focus on ...
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When does a threat become a crime?

This question is prompted by two cases: Richard Barnard was charged with conspiracy to blackmail after saying he would go on a hunger strike against LaSalle Investment Management, the company from ...
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Is it illegal to parachute from a paraglider in the UK?

Question 1: Is it illegal to parachute from a paraglider in the UK? The jumper and pilot would know and understand what they are doing. Jump would (ideally) take place over an unpopulated body of ...
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Is it illegal to sell account cracking tools? (US) [duplicate]

I was wondering if selling account cracking tools is illegal or not allowed. These tools are a form of attacker pen-testing tools specifically created for certain websites that allow the ability of ...
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The university issued a pay check less than its offer letter. What is one to do?

Suppose that an international grad student at one of the University of California campuses got an offer letter: Congratulations! On behalf of the Committee on Admissions and Awards and the Graduate ...
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Is transporting people into the countryside and leaving them a legal response for private security?

It is reported that three 16-year-olds were found without appropriate authorisation within the camping zone of Reading Festival, UK. Despite police telling festival organisers no further action would ...
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Can you be prosecuted for tax information which would lead to an overestimate in the amount of taxes you owe?

Suppose you pay more taxes than you owe, either because you neglect to use a tax credit or deduction that you could claim, you put $0 for charitable giving as a result of forgetfulness, poor record-...
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Spin-off company with all parent's debt?

Out of curiosity, is it theoretically possible for a parent company to create a spin off company that holds all of its debt and no assets? Then the subsidiary spin-off company will declare bankruptcy ...
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Potentially accidental refund - can one keep it?

If a person pays a debt due to a company, and gets a receipt showing the debt has been fully satisfied, but then that company (potentially in error) refunds the full amount without any communication ...
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Is owning high voltage equipment legal?

So pretty much all of you have probably seen the channel, TheBackyardScientist. Hes a really skilled YouTuber that does all of these crazy science experiments including Defibrillating steak, playing ...
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Is asking police to justify their orders illegal?

From the BBC, WRT instructions by the police for people on the streets to move on: the legal niceties don't always matter: "The police will often just insist on people 'moving on' because they ...
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Are there countries where businesses allowed to charge what the market will bear without being harassed, fined, or imprisoned by state actors?

According to Wikipedia: As of March 2021, 42 states have emergency regulations or price-gouging statutes ... Some states that do not have a specific statute addressing price gouging, can nevertheless ...
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At what point does a bunch of ingredients become a medicine?

In most if not all countries it is illegal to sell unlicensed medicines and medical treatments. It is however legal to sell the reagents, equipment and instructions to individuals for them to create ...
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Is it legal for an 18 year old moroccan man to sext a 17 year old vietnamese girl?

Say a hypothetical 18 year old man from morocco has been texting a vietnamese girl online, and they mostly just talk about hobbies and common interests but she started sexualizing the conversation, ...
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Is controlled burning of wooden buildings a legal demolition method in the USA?

An article on the BBC News website about the "Disaster Girl" meme claims that this photograph of a burning building was taken in 2005 in North Carolina at a "controlled burn", ...
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Is it legal to put a traffic cone on the side of the road to protect property?

Does the law in England allow a traffic cone to be placed on the road next to property to help warn drivers and to protect the property?
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Allowable Discrimination For Jobs

Just lately I realized that anti-discrimination/equal opportunity legislation only applies to proscribed categories of discrimination grounds, e.g. race, ethnicity, gender, orientation, age, etc. Up ...
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Can Visual Studio Code be used for commercial purposes?

I am from Turkey and I work as freelancer at my home (developing and selling web templates). Is using Visual Studio Code for commercial purposes like this legal?
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Can Windows 10 be used for commercial purposes?

I have an activated copy of Windows 10 Home. I am from Turkey and I work as freelancer at my home (developing and selling web templates). Is using it for commercial purposes like this legal?
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Is buying counterfeit goods illegal?

There are fake Rolexs being sold on the internet for around £250. This is illegal, and those engaged in selling such items have been charged with unauthorised use of a trademark. It appears that ...
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What are the legal implications of manipulating Bitcoin if you could “forge” transactions?

Imagine I have recently been abducted by highly advanced and strangely opinionated aliens who provide me with unfathomably advanced technology on the condition that I undermine Bitcoin (the aliens are ...
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Is it legal in the UK to 3D print a firearm design if it is made impossible to fire?

In the UK firearm regulations are very strict, but I would like to learn about them like in the other countries. Is it okay to print 3D gun designs if I make sure none of the parts can shoot real ...
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Can an HOA control how a homeowner enters and exits their home?

Is it illegal for me to exit my bedroom via my first-floor bedroom window? Is this likely to be against common or standard HOA regulations or rules? Suppose that the house and land are owned by myself ...
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Is it legal to sell eyeglasses without a current prescription?

I lost a pair of eyeglasses and contacted the store from which I bought them asking if they could sell me an identical replacement. A clerk there said that they can't because my "prescription ...
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On the legality of replacing international transfers with intranational ones

Here is a fictional story based on this question. Andrey is a Russian programmer residing in Germany who makes regular wire transfers to his father, Boris, who resides in Russia. Chris & Dasha, a ...
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Can I get in trouble for unknowingly receiving and selling stolen property?

UNITED STATES: WASHINGTON STATE: PIERCE COUNTY: TACOMA CITY My friend gifted me a bunch of useless crap, and I'm trying to sell garbage on offer up now. Can people get in trouble for unknowingly ...
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Is it legal for public schools to require video for remote classes?

Is it legal for public schools to require a student to run a webcam-video for remote classes in Massachusetts?
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How can a community based not-for-profit be sued?

This question Is normally illegal kink legal inspired me to ask this. The Metro Vancouver Kink Society is getting sued. In a short summary of events, one member of MVKS was accused of acting ...
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Can someone else use your deceased brother’s green card? [closed]

I just found out that my brother-in-law used my deceased brother’s green card. Is this legal?
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Is it legal to synthesize drug at home?

Is it legal to synthesize drugs (controlled substances) at home but not for reselling or consumption purposes?
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Is it legal in USA (FL) to organise tournaments (any sport) among friends, each player putting some money, with 100% going to the winners as a prize?

Is it legal in USA to organize no-profit tournaments (any sport) among friends, with each player putting some money to play, and 100% of the total pot goes to the winner (and possibly second/third ...
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Is it legal to ask to be shot?

Say I ask someone to shoot me non lethally. Not assisted suicide, Just shot. Is this legal? Isn't it like asking to be assaulted with a deadly weapon?