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Is genital "nullification" legal in Europe?

Is it legal for health professionals to perform these operations described here, under the heading "genital nullification", in Europe, safely and to consenting adults. Genital nullification,...
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Can I use AI to enhance my own Images?

I understand AI art isn't copyright material. However, I am curious if the creator generates AI versions of the creation are those AI versions the copyright of the creator? I'm not sure how else to ...
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To what extent can police officers intervene in a suicide?

Suicide is legal in the United States. Are police allowed to do things they would not have normally been able to do if not for the situation (e.g. tackling the attempter to prevent him from falling)? ...
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General legallity of selling advanced malicious software systems [duplicate]

Generally, within the United States, would it be legal to: Develop an advanced network exploitation system that has capabilities like The NSO Group Pegesus Spyware. Market that software to any US ...
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(UK) Employee signed off from work by a doctor - can we ask for equipment back?

If an employee is signed off from work by a doctor and is currently holding equipment owned by either his employer or one of his employer's customers, it seems perfectly reasonable to me to ask for ...
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Can 501(C)(3) sell items that were donated? [closed]

I am an employee of a nonprofit (501C3) museum that sells merchandise to help us expand our reach to the public. My question is: If someone (an employee or guest) donates items for the museum to sell, ...
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Is paying a news publisher to not publish negative press about you legal?

Today, I saw on the news that the prosecution in the current criminal case against former President Trump brought in a tabloid publisher to testify that Trump paid him to not publish negative press ...
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Can copy-pasting a word definition from a dictionary site cause a copyright issue?

I just saw the following at the English language and usage stack exchange meta forum (ELU meta). We should not be pasting definitions from online dictionaries into answers when their terms of service ...
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Is there a term for making something that is legal but could be used illegally?

I am wondering the legality of making something that is totally legal in itself but if misused by someone is illegal. An example I found online is self-aiming and shooting paintball guns such as the ...
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In which US states are hush money payments illegal?

I was just reading something from the New Yorker magazine which stated: “Paying hush money is not a crime under New York state law,” Mark Pomerantz, a lawyer who worked in the D.A.’s office, wrote, ...
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Is it legal to send pressed flowers to the United States via mail?

Is it legal to send pressed flowers from my garden to the United States via mail. If it is legal, what rules are relevant? The flowers are common snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis) and crocus vernus. Crocus ...
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Can sexual consent be required to enter a building?

First off, and this should be assumed, but IDs are checked and all people entering are of age. Now, there are technically two questions I'm asking. The first: is it legal in the United States for ...
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Is it legal to sell expired food in the United States?

Is it legal for grocery stores to sell expired food in the United States?
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Using an asset from a game as logo [closed]

I am part of a relatively small FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team. For the past few years we have used the Redstone icon from Minecraft as our logo, but we have now decided to put a little more ...
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Is it legal in United States to record your computer screen while you do employment/computer work if you're the only person recorded and you're alone?

Is it legal in United States to record your computer screen while you do work on a computer if you're the only person recorded and you're alone?
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Is it legal for a company to make products specifically designed to fail immediately after the warranty expires? [duplicate]

Suppose that Bob's Electronics Company makes a smartphone with a one-year warranty. The phone's firmware has code which checks whether or not the warranty is current when booting, and if the warranty ...
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Is it legal to bring someone to the attention of a large mob, knowing they are likely to be injured?

Say I'm a famous person with a large and particularly unsavory following. I point at random private person Ash Zeweski and say "boy, I hate this person who is my enemy, they have poor moral fiber ...
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Is it legal to sell emails?

Recently a client offered to buy the emails I had received prior to a specific date: not just addresses, but the actual messages. The client did not specifically ask for private or business ...
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Are people's face/voice copyrighted by default?

As you may know there are some AI apps that can clone anybody's voice (turn your voice to their voice), or there are some face swap apps you can replace your face with somebody else's face and make a ...
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Is it legal to give someone money when you know they might spend it on bribes?

I've heard that, to escape dangerous regions, refugees sometimes find themselves needing to bribe border officials. This could be because they are legally not supposed to be allowed to leave the state ...
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Can another adult give my 14 year old daughter a cellphone without my knowledge

Is it legal for another adult to give my 14 year old a cellphone without my knowledge?
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Must a for-profit corporation use share-based ownership?

Generally, corporations are structured so that ownership is represented by shares, and a person can own any number of shares. Is this structure required by law? Or can corporations be created that use ...
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Is it illegal to tell others to commit crimes?

There's "conspiracy", which seems to involve cooperating on a crime, and "solicitation", which at least in some jurisdictions is written to require that specific actions ...
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It is illegal for an underage person to learn about sexual intercourse?

Can a underage person (under 18 years old) learn about sexual intercourse and activity legally?
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Is it legal for a bank to trap you in an ATM vestibule?

In an episode of Friends, Chandler is in an ATM vestibule when a power blackout happens. The door to the vestibule automatically locks and he (and a supermodel) are trapped inside until the power ...
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Would xkcd's lawn care business stimulus proposal be legal?

The xkcd comic from February 17, 2024, titled "Treasure Chests," jokingly presents a proposal to increase a lawn care firm's business: Assume that one had permission to bury the three ...
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Is it legal to put a lock on your mailbox?

I'm asking about the advice to "just buy a lock for your mailbox" from Neighbor examines (but does not take) mail in my mailbox. (Note: The question and my own experiences are about the US, ...
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Is there any chance I could get in legal trouble if I respond to a job rejection email like this?

“Good morning, Thank you for your application for our Entry Level Sales Position. We appreciate your interest in joining our company (NO YOU DON'T, OR YOU WOULD HAVE HIRED ME), and we are pleased that ...
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Are "Plex servers" as they seem to be commonly used actually illegal?

There's a piece of software called "Plex" that basically lets you operate your own private streaming service. You load it up with music and video files, and then you can connect to it from ...
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Is it legal for the landlord to order me to provide the keys to them, if I am to go to abroad?

I am renting a room in the house of an old lady. She told me that, if I am to leave more than seven days from the place where I live, then I must hand her down the keys. Is this legal?
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Does memorizing a copyrighted work create a copy?

There's a lot of hubub recently about ML models memorizing their training data, and the copyright implications of that. How did this used to work before fancy technology was brought into it? If I buy ...
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Legality of "stealing" assets from Debtors

Yesterday, I watched an episode of a TV show where debt collectors stole valuable assets because their owners didn't pay the monthly rates or when they entered bankruptcy. The show was recorded in the ...
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Is it legal to leave signs falsely indicating that one's property has been booby-trapped?

I understand that in most jurisdictions, it is illegal to place booby traps, even on one's own property. What about leaving signs indicating that booby traps have been placed, without any actual traps?...
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Is sitting in a shop and reading an entire newspaper an intellectual property violation?

Bob goes into a shop, sits down at one of the tables in its seating area, and reads an entire newspaper that is for sale which he then puts back onto the shelf without paying for. What is the legal ...
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Is it legal in England to publicly proclaim that oneself “hate[s] the Jews”?

Most likely if anything this could be a public order offence (one would think none other than under section 5), but I recently heard someone warned by police that they could be arrested for saying ...
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Is it legal to drop misdelivered mail on the ground? [duplicate]

Sometimes I get first class mail addressed to other people's names, at my address. I know I can't legally open it, or deliberately destroy it by putting it in the trash or shredding it. I know I could ...
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Microsoft's Bing Chat says 'Ask me anything...'. Is it legal then for Americans to ask Bing Chat for classified information?

Microsoft's Bing Chat is an artificial intelligence web application, and it has a dialog box for users to ask it questions and there is a text message displayed in that dialog box that says, "Ask ...
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Is it legal to sell foreign packaged food products without any English on the label?

A shop in London sells egg custard pudding mix that appears to be labelled exclusively in Turkish. Is this legal?
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Is there any particular reason why barristers have to be self employed or is it purely customary?

Suppose Barry graduated law school and receives all of the necessary qualifications necessary to practice as a barrister, but doesn’t like the idea of being self employed or perhaps doesn’t have the ...
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Is it legal for an American citizen to obtain BRICS currency and then exchange those bills for U.S. dollars sometime in the future?

I would like to know if it is legal for an American to go to a foreign exchange bank in their area, exchange a certain amount of U.S. dollars to obtain the bills of the foreign currencies of the BRICS ...
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Is it illegal to give false information about a person to a foreign-based telemarketer?

I have always wondered if there is anything illegal with an American citizen giving false information about another American citizen to a foreign-based telemarketer, such as someone who by their ...
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Legality of mercy killing

I understand that there are multiple question on here regarding mercy killing, assisted suicide and euthanasia but as I've read, the specifics of the situation are crucial to the legality of it and my ...
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Would it be legal to supply an item that deliberately stops working after the guarantee expires?

I have TV that failed about a week after the 3 year guarantee expired. Obviously this is annoying, and I'm back to using a 15 year old TV that I dug out from the attic. Realistically, this failure so ...
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Is it an Offence to Sleep in a Campervan While Drunk?

This answer to this question states that the onus is on the defendent to prove they were not going to drive while they were unfit. Leaving aside the question about the flipped burden of proof, does ...
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Is it legal to pretend to be drunk?

There is a famous joke that goes like this: There is a huge crowd drinking in a pub in the outskirts of a small town. A police car waits in hiding nearby, to catch anyone who tries to drive away ...
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Is smart watch illegal while in control of the vehicle?

From the gov.uk website: It’s illegal to hold and use a phone, sat nav, tablet, or any device that can send or receive data, while driving or riding a motorcycle. A smartwatch can send or receive ...
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Can I sell an unscheduled compound as a recreational drug in the USA?

From the Oxilofrine Wikipedia page: Legal Status US: Unapproved "New Drug" (as defined by 21 U.S. Code § 321(p)(1)). Use in dietary supplements, food, or medicine is unlawful; otherwise ...
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Is there any way to legally sleep in your car while drunk?

As I understand it, if one is found inside one's car with the keys while drunk, even if asleep, one is as guilty of drunk driving as if one was actually driving. If one finds oneself over the limit, ...
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Who is breaking the law if a child engages in the gig economy?

There is a news story about children working for delivery apps that describes the practice as "illegal". The exact details are not clear, to me at least, so suppose the following ...
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Is it illegal to take turns going to the bathroom with an unrelated 3 year child in the same room if the child doesn't see anything?

I just wanted to know hypothetically. Like for a babysitter or a teacher on a field trip. For instance if you went a play for a class Field trip and the child got upset at a scary part so you take the ...
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