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Is it illegal to ride a drunk horse?

Tedd owns a riding horse. One day, Tedd notices that his horse has somehow gotten itself drunk. Tedd has someplace where he needs to be, so he saddles up his drunken horse and rides to his ...
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Is it truly illegal for the US Armed Forces to hire someone whose IQ is less than 83?

In this video, Jordan Peterson says that [...] anybody into the Armed Forces if they have an IQ of less than 83 Is this true? What law is this supposed restriction based on?
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Is it legal for a supermarket to refuse to sell an adult beer if an adult with them doesn’t have their ID?

Today I went with my dad grocery shopping at a supermarket in New York (ShopRite) and he put a six-pack of beer in the cart. They then wouldn’t let him buy the beer because they couldn’t ID me (21, ...
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A Swiss watch company seized my watch, saying it was stolen. I bought it 10 years ago. Is that legal?

I have a watch from Blancpain that I bought in 2014 from an individual in Poland (I have a written contract). I've sent the watch to Blancpain in Switzerland for periodic inspection and they seized it,...
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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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Can the Cyber Resilience Act make it illegal to retire?

Suppose Alice develops some software and releases it under an open source licence. She receives just enough money to be counted as "commercial". This may be donations from users, it may be ...
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Is it legal to lie about an illegal requirement?

As an example, its not legal to discriminate against a person of a certain race while renting out your house. So lets say an Asian person sees a house rented out with a "no Asians" condition....
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Is it legal to publish a cease and desist letter that I have received?

I've received a cease and desist letter for defamation from a local businessperson that I believe to be without legal basis - the actionable statements listed are clearly statements of my opinion. ...
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Is there a law against destroying works of art of historic importance when you are the owner?

At work we recently had a bit of a debate about whether or not it would be legal to destroy a work of art if you are the owner of said work. A few years ago, Banksy destroyed his own painting by ...
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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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Is it a crime to "steal" your own money from a bank?

It is in the news that it has become a thing to stage a bank "robbery" to get access to ones own money in Lebanon. While these have involved things that are undoubtedly crimes (such as ...
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Is it illegal to kill honeybees in Oregon or in the USA?

Recently had an issue with a honeybee hive and a beekeeper said to me "It's illegal to kill honeybees". Not completely believing this at face value, I did a little digging. My research seems to show ...
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Is a debt canceled if the creditor refuses a settlement offer?

I've been told by several people on several occasions -- in several jurisdictions within the US -- that if you owe someone money, you can offer some stupidly low amount of cash (most versions include ...
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Is it legal to physically wash money?

I have some money that fell in a mud puddle. It got really dirty, and I don't want to put it in my wallet as it currently is. Is it legal to wash the money?
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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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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?
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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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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 lying on a survey illegal?

If a survey is being done, either for scientific purposes or to collect information inside a workplace, is it legal to lie in it? For example if the workplace wants to know how many employees have ...
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Is it legal to publish a ''copy" of the Constitution with fake text added?

Would it be legal to publish a copy of the Constitution with an extra article that is not part of the real constitution, with no indication that it was added, i.e. intending to mislead readers?
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Would it be legal to erase, disable, or destroy your phone when a CBP agent attempted to seize it?

If a Customs and Border Protection agent demanded that I give him my phone while I (a US citizen) was re-entering the US, would it be legal for me to activate some kind of "panic button" ...
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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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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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Commissioned a logo that contains a stock image, can I still trademark it?

I have a question similar to this one here but with circumstances that are a bit different. I purchased a logo from a seller online through Fiverr a few months ago. Since then I have incorporated this ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Can you legally have an (unloaded) black powder revolver in your carry-on luggage?

Part I of "Annoying the TSA" For good reason, U.S. law forbids people from carrying firearms on planes. However, last I checked, black powder "antique weapons" (such as cap-and-...
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Is it legal to own a photo of someone and spread it around without their permission?

Backstory: My friends has a picture of me, which I asked him to delete and not show to people multiple times, but he keeps it and shows it to people no matter how many times I ask him not to. Is it ...
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Is it illegal to download passwords in bulk from the dark web to make a password checking tool to help people?

I remember some password managers like Google's would give me a warning about passwords that have been compromised. My question is this. How is Google or any company able to see that the password I ...
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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 words, phrasing, and order, then post the proof publicly in a website (with a citation)?...
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Can a computer be guilty of insider trading?

It is reported that a computer demonstrated "insider trading" in a simulated environment: In the test, the AI bot is a trader for a fictitious financial investment company. The employees ...
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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 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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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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Legality of busking a song with copyrighted melody but using different lyrics to deliver a message

Are there any legal impediments to busking a song with melody and lyrics copyrighted in the United States---with the same melody but with different lyrics---on U.S. streets? Does it matter if the song ...
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Date on Legal letter

Very often, the letters will state to respond within x days from the date of letter. Are there any regulations for law firms, banks or credit companies to provide a reasonable window of time for ...
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How do you check the legality of a new business model?

How do you check the legality of a new business model to make sure it will be legal, and you won't be running afoul of some law you have no idea of?
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Is it legal for me to provide a download of an unchanged fork of an application that is on GitHub?

I plan to write some tech blogs, where one of them showcases an application from GitHub without a license. Now I just forked it as a backup because I don't want my viewers can't find it someday if the ...
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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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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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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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Would it be legal for a business to provide only unisex multi person restrooms for use?

Let's say for some reason a business owner decided to make all their restrooms unisex. These are not single-person rooms, but larger restrooms with numerous toilets (and possible urinals). Is there ...
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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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Can you keep money that was refunded in error?

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 it considered harrassment in the US to call a black man the N-word?

I recently saw a Youtube Short featuring a man interviewing Jordan Peterson and they were discussing the legality of calling someone by racial slurs, specifically the N-word. Seemingly having actually ...
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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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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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