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Legalities of Extensions that modify websites

I am wondering how it can be legal to make or use extensions that modify the functioning of businesses' websites. Specifically, I am looking at Firefox extensions that modify YouTube's functionality. ...
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How to avoid unwarranted bills as a victim of online order fraud (with zalando)

What has happened A unknown party has ordered multiple items from zalando.ch (a clothing retailer), while using my address as the delivery address. Note: I have no account there, and never ordered, so ...
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Is it legal to rip ISOs/ROMs from physical game discs for use in a PC emulator?

I live in Germany. I own a Wii Console and related hardware, as well as some games in the form of physical discs. I would like to play those games (which I legally own on disk) on my PC using an ...
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How to take down the piracy website that does not respond to DMCAs

Suppose that an app developer, A, finds that a website is distributing copies of A's copyrighted app, without permission. A has sent DMCA takedown notices to the site, but has received no response. ...
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Is it legal to run console (Nintendo) games on an emulator if one has an original copy of these games?

It is often believed (and spread) that: Emulators of video game consoles are not illegal; Downloading proprietary games for such consoles and/or running them on emulators is illegal, except if one ...
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Is linking to illegal free-movie streaming websites itself copyright infringement?

(Site hosted in Canada) Would a website containing a list of links to free-movie websites be considered illegal? The "free movie websites" are hosting copyrighted movies without permission. ...
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(EU) Can a license agreement demand a specific compensation for unlicensed use of the software?

Scenario: As a software developer I create a WordPress extension that does x which I sell for, let's say, $20. When buying it's clearly mentioned you are only allowed to install it on a single website....
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A legal payment for a product, but obtaining it at illegal place

I'm in the US, and I was looking for the legal ways to watch English Premier League. Unfortunately, most of the legal streaming services do not support Linux, and I have a Linux. Technically, I could ...
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If a (US-based) website repeatedly allows users to post my copyrighted material what legal actions can I take?

I'm a university lecturer in Australia teaching mathematics. I produce question sheets for my students. It takes significant effort to produce high-quality questions. These question sheets are ...
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Would a website that catalogs every possible sequence of letters violate copyright?

Suppose I created a website that cataloged every possible sequence of letters in order. You would start with the letter "a", could swipe right to read "b", and further to find &...
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Playing a game I didn't purchase (until now)

For about 6 months I've been playing my brother's copy of the original DOOM and DOOM 2. He purchased it on Steam, however there is no DRM lock-in on the actual IWAD gamefiles (all that's required to ...
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What factors determine if a person guilty of software piracy receives a custodial sentence?

This article suggests that a person who pirates content in the US is unlikely to receive a custodial sentence if found guilty of criminal software piracy There are 3 amateur legal opinions in the ...
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Is there anything stopping US States from pirating software now, with this new Supreme Court ruling?

Recently, the US Supreme Court ruled that states can't be sued over copyright violations due to sovereign immunity in a lawsuit between North Carolina and a film-maker whose work was infringed by them....
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Downloading pirated software with online license check after buying it

If I buy a license for some software which has mandatory online license check to install (in games, for example. Steam games - or any other online store, actually, but could be non-games, anything), ...
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If I have access to some else's Whatsapp, can I use it as evidence?

I have a client who asked me the following question. Her husband gave her access to his Whatsapp as a trust exercise. She then used it to open Whatsapp web on her computer and follow the ...
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What legal proof is valid for a user to complain under an online privacy policy

Now a days most of website like Bank,Social media,Financial service apps and almost all online service) when we signup or create online a/c or use some online services we need to select privacy policy ...
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How much trouble would a company be for using pirated software and ripping off online course videos and selling them as their own

My Situation I was hired as a UI/graphics designer for company A. This is a startup company and the environment is not very professional which I kinda like. But some people who are friends with ...
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Downloading music using "online converters"

Is it illegal to use online converters to download .mp3 files of songs from websites such as Soundcloud, YouTube etc. You can search online for terms such as youtube to mp3 or download from ...
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How does copyrighted material distribution and diffusion work on a legal level?

I work in technology, building platforms for companies, which comprise the creation of the technological product and production of the applications. I only want to work on businesses that I believe ...
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Why is Software Piracy Considered Theft?

I know the question sounds mundane and perhaps even silly at first glance, but, consider it for a moment. Our qualm with piracy seems to be premised with some notion of loss at the owners/business' ...
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Does a shareholder of a company also have copyright rights?

If I buy, say, a share in The Walt Disney Company, does that give me part ownership in the intellectual property? Does this ownership then give me the right to copy it?
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Does using pirated software to gain money to pay for the same software make me liable?

If I use a music program illegally to make my own music, sell it, get money, and buy the same program legally while also deleting all pirated versions having not accepted the EULA before I have ...
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Regarding PDFs of the textbooks [duplicate]

I was reading some mathematics books and I observed that most of them have either of these mentioned before preface. Case I Copyright: All right reserved by XYZ or Case :II Copyright: All ...
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Is a developer liable for illicit use of an app? [duplicate]

A software developer receives a Content Infringement complaint against his app, which facilitates video downloads from YouTube. The software developer believes he is not responsible for the act of ...
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Film based on CC BY-SA 3.0 content

If a film was based on text content under CC BY-SA 3.0 and released in theaters, would there be any way to stop people from ripping the film and uploading it to YouTube or similar content sharing ...
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A network of anonymous content sharing

Am building an anonymous private network, meaning anyone can put whatever they want, As the network Admin, I won't sue or grudge anyone for whatever they host in the network. Now let's say within ...
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Is it legal to sell Pokémon?

In the games, given enough effort and time, a player can get Pokémon with better stats and alternate color palettes, and are highly valued by players. Additionally, there is a built-in function that ...
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Can media illegally downloaded in banned regions be legally used in regions where it is not banned?

Suppose you live in a region where the government has banned the purchase of some media (e.g., songs, movies, or software). So you cannot legally purchase licenses from the owners; the only way to ...
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Can copyrighted work be distributed for free if it was done so by the owner previously?

Once upon a time a UK music band put one of their songs on their website for free download. Time has passed, the website has changed drastically and the song is not available there anymore. Neither it ...
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Is it possible to sue a hacker based on his mail?

Some friend of mine got his mailbox hacked yesterday, meaning his entire contactlist received mails from him saying something like: I'm in a bad period in my life, I really feel sad, please mail me ...
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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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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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Is it considered piracy to put in game music into music library

Various games I have legally purchaced have music files that can easily found by looking through the game files. Is it piracy to put this music onto a mp3 player or phone if it is just for personal ...
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Using "Educational Use" to circumvent copy-protection?

Does this link mean "educational use" gets a free pass on circumventing copy protection. 17 U.S. Code § 1201 - Circumvention of copyright protection systems Specifically this section. (d)...
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Is it illegal to download abandoned apps no longer sold on Google Play Store?

Lets say you want to buy an app. Specifically Super Monkey Ball 2 which is no longer sold because it is unsupported by newer versions of android. The game runs great in newer versions of android. ...
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Is it illegal to backup your hard drive if you have copyrighted software on it?

Is it illegal if you create a backup of an HDD that has copyrighted software installed on it? This could be anything from legally purchased games and or expensive popular graphics/video editing ...
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Is it piracy to obtain software you purchased in an alternate way?

Lets say you purchased software in the 90s or early 2000s, but lost the license key and or the disc. Another possibility is the company is no longer supporting and or does not provide older versions ...
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Is it legal to track users of pirated software?

I'm making a piece of software right now, and I'm just doing it in my free time, so I'm not too serious about it. I want to make a version of the software and put a tracker in it that interfaces with ...
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What problems would a celebrity releasing software patchers cause from a legal standpoint?

I've heard claims that Gigi Hadid has admitted to releasing the now-infamous Adobe Zii patcher for Adobe CC products (it was on her social media some time ago, now-removed by the hosts) and providing ...
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Is it legal to sell files that were uploaded by the users?

Is it legal to operate a website that works like this: User 1 registers, uploads some file, sets its price and description User 2 buys the file, money goes to website's bank account Site takes its ...
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Are pirated movies and software legal for personal use?

Is it legal to download pirated movies or software for personal---that is non-commercial---use?
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Would pirating Train Simulator and all its DLC classify as Grand Theft?

The game Train Simulator 2017 infamously has over $5000 of DLC (downloadable content). In the United States, the term Grand Theft is used for thefts of items over a particular value, anywhere from $...
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Can I inspect websites' source in teaching video?

As a web developer, I find that we can learn a ton about HTML, CSS and JavaScript by opening the Developer Tools in Chromium and inspect elements, seeing the names other developer choose for their CSS ...
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Copyrights owner rights in case of DMCA – user block

Recently I started to sell my digital items in the web and faced with the piracy. Pirates fraud my files from the market, upload them to the file hosting services and posts the links to warez web ...
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Is it piracy to download a copy of a book that my university has?

If my university's library has a book available for students, is it piracy/illegal if those students download some copy from the internet in PDF? There are some books I would like to study but they ...
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Is it illegal to download cracked software one has purchased?

Assuming someone purchases a piece of software, but due to an error, has to wait for an arbitrary amount of time to download the software, would it be a criminal act to download or use a cracked ...
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What must an ISP do to be protected under the Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act

Under statute 512 of the Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act (OCCA) in section (c)(1)(A)(iii) it stipulates that an ISP upon obtaining such knowledge or awareness, acts ...
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How legal is offering abandonware for download?

A quick background to my project (it's essential to the question, as you'll see later): My project offers a multiplayer server platform for server listings for a game (Crysis Wars), allowing players ...
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Is downloading a Youtube video legal in this situation?

Having read through the Youtube ToS, it states: Content is provided to you AS IS. You may access Content for your information and personal use solely as intended through the provided ...
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What are the legalities of online research involving illegal services?

I want to do a thesis paper involving illegal online resources. I don't want to be persecuted for these things though. What are some of the steps I would need to take to legitimately go about ...
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