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Rewriting math proof from a paywalled paper then posting it to website for free

If i read a math proof in a paper that requires payment to read, is it legal to rewrite the proof with different word, phrasing, and order, then post the proof publicly in a website (with citation) ? ...
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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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Would it be legal to build a self driving car?

If I wanted to build a self driving car, and had the money, equipment, and knowledge to do do, would it be legal? Could I take my hands off the wheel/feet off the pedals while driving, as long as I ...
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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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Is a sales clause prohibiting the buyer of exporting the goods outside of a zone legal?

I bought some goods at my local Mercedes dealer in France, and I was stunned by a sales contract clause that reads : Le client s'engage : Export interdit hors UE/AELC/MC Translation mine The client ...
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Can a union fire someone for cause?

I worked at a place where management periodically made announcements on how to contact the union and that no retaliation would happen for doing so. One once mentioned that a person found to have ...
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Is it illegal if a policy affects one protected class more than everyone else?

I heard some residential leases prohibit any open flames including candles. Since many religions use candles, wouldn't this be an illegal form of discrimination of a protected class? Or does that not ...
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Is justifying communal violence not illegal?

India, unfortunately, has a history of communal violences mostly between two largest religious communities. Violence due to separatism, casteism, terrorism etc also have similar histories. There are ...
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Can suicidal behaviour be a crime if others call the emergency services?

The Suicide Act 1961 decriminalised the act of suicide in England and Wales. There is an image going around social media that purports to be of a letter, on police headed notepaper, written by a ...
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Does the Australian Telecommunications and other legislation amendment Act 2018 put resrictions on indaviduals or OSS?

The Telecommunications and other legislation amendment (assistance and access) act 2018 allows the issuing of three types of notice relating to access to encrypted communication, either requesting ...
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Would it be legal to use a brand's name (e,g, Samsung, macOS) in my personal email address?

I have my main email as "mer************windows14@gmail.com" (censored for safety) Now in the email, it has "Windows" and I'm worried that Microsoft will come for me and say"...
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On the acquisition of legal rights to sanctioned YouTubers' frozen funds

Note: The following is a thought experiment. Since I am no legal scholar, it is highly likely that its wording needs a lot of improvement. Suggestions for improvement would be most welcome. Suppose ...
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Is it legal to put a photo of someone else's art on Facebook?

I was in a building that is publicly accessible and I took a photo of paintings they had hanging on the wall. Is it legal for me to post it on social media such as Facebook, or would this be copyright ...
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Legality of avoiding paywalls

Many news sites have paywalls to incentivise people to pay them for their content. There are a number of ways one can get access to this content, depending on the form of the paywall: f12 In some ...
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Are you required to open the window if the police stop your car?

It is in the news that a fake police car stopped someone while driving, and when they opened their window they were assaulted as part of an attempted car jacking. I have been stopped by the police, ...
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Legal use of PC for business

Is it legal to use my own PC for commercial purposes if the PC has Office 365 A1 for students (which doesn't permit use for commercial purposes) installed on it? I am a student and the Office 365 ...
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Can I issue my own 'fines'

Can a private individual collect his own 'fines' (or demand compensation) if he has evidence of wrongdoing, or does he have to pass that evidence to the authorities? Scenario 1 - Lets say I own a ...
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When does giving a false name online become illegal?

I asked this question about providing false information to a web site. The answer indicates that it is illegal to supply a false identification document even without an intent to commit a further ...
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Can it be illegal to press f12 in a web browser?

There is a case in the news where a journalist identified a security issue in the web site of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education that exposed 100,000 social security numbers....
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Legality of 3rd parties requiring ID, indavidual providing false ID

There is talk of the UK state requiring users to upload government-issued ID such as a passport to create or update an account on social media or pornographic web sites. This is not a particularly ...
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Legality of non-signatories of apartment contract living in that apartment

Scenarios in consideration: I have a few different scenarios in mind. Landlord pays utilities. Non-signatory pays tenant for their stay in the apartment. Landlord pays utilities. Non-signatory lives ...
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Is apple airtag tracking illegal?

Apple make a device called an airtag that allows one to remotely monitor the location of the device. This has been used to track people, sometimes without their knowledge or consent. If this was done ...
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Does the robots exclusion standard have any legal weight?

There is a standard through which websites communicate to the web crawlers upon which search engines are based which pages should be indexed and included in the search results. This is called the ...
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Is a Nazi party legal in the US?

I read about the leading case National Socialist Party of America v. Village of Skokie and got curious about the legality of having a Nazi party in the US. The Wikipedia article on that party says it ...
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Large customer (Distributor) changes a single letter in the Supplier's name and trademarks it. Is this legal? [closed]

That’s what happened to our jewelry-maker cooperative!
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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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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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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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