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Can a landlord fine me for a non-existent business being listed at my address on Google Maps

Backstory: When I moved into my rented house, I setup a personal bar and had a house warming party where we named the bar. As part of the celebration, it was listed on Google Maps as a business. To ...
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Can disrupting an online video game be illegal?

Imagine for example, a person makes an online game unplayable by flooding the game with bot accounts, winning games through cheating etc, but the person doesn't steal any data and they aren't ...
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I'm creating an app, which country's law will be applied to it?

So, I'm creating an international app; all my team is from Mexico (including me, of course). Which country's law will be applied to it? The app is physically hosted in the United States, but our "...
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How can I legally protect my website from users who upload copyrighted material?

I have a small website that hosts content in the form of text from registered users. The content can be described more specifically as short novels, essays and other personal work. How do I protect ...
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Can opt-in/opt-out checkboxes be deliberately obscure?

Is this legal in the UK: hollywood bowl's sign up page asks for confirmation like this unless you tick the relevant box(es) below (or subsequently unsubscribe), you will receive exclusive discounts, ...
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Is it illegal to intentionally design a social network that can't comply with right-to-be-forgotten (and possibly other laws)?

If I intentionally design (and program) a social network that uses a technology (blockchain,...) which does not allow for alteration / erasing of user data, what happens in case of a right-to-be-...
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The circumvention of terms and conditions

There are sites, for example 'moodys.com', which require an explicit agreement to the terms and conditions on every vist (e.g. https://www.moodys.com/research/Moodys-affirms-Chang-Hwa-Commercial-Banks-...
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Am I required to return a package that was sent to me in error?

tl;dr: Do I have to return a package that was sent to me that I've already been refunded for? Background: In early October, I pre-ordered the Microsoft Band 2; a fitness monitor. It wasn't scheduled ...
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Online Defamation in Germany after the Künast court victory

M F Whitaker asked a question which has since been closed because it asked for legal advice in a specific case. I believe that there are two questions of general interest in the closed posting. The ...
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Is it illegal to buy prescription eyeglasses online in Canada?

(This is not the same question as this one, which is regarding U.S. law.) I recently visited my optometrist, and was informed that I will either need progressive/bifocals, or else two different ...
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Is one liable if illegal material is found on one's own server?

This question was prompted by a news article I read earlier today, in which a person described the dilemma they faced on discovering illegal material had been stored by an unidentified third party on ...
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Package recieved after full refund, illegal to keep it? [duplicate]

So I ordered a package with a company (a Chinese company), after it not arriving and reaching the deadline I got a full refund (490 USD). The day after I received the money, I bought the same product ...
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Is it legal to force users to accept new terms of service by threatening financial loss?

Why isn't it illegal, (extortion or duress), to force users to accept new Terms of Service by threatening financial loss, (like denying access to purchased content, or inhibiting or prohibiting the ...
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Does it actually do anything legally to state "this is not financial advice" after giving financial advice?

When people talk about investing online they often say "this is not financial advice" after giving financial advice. Sometimes they use it as a twitter bio in an attempt to immunize ...
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Is it legal to point a domain to someone else's ip (website)?

The question is pretty straightforward: Is it legal to point a domain on the web to someone else's ip (website)? The domain owner is not actually copying the content, but just opening the website in ...
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Attributing the Assistance of an Online Translator for a Book's Chapter---Is It Necessary?

I have recently finished a work in which one of the chapters is based upon a translation of a nineteenth century document in which I have made use of a free online translator. Where the translator ...
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Is there any "enforceable" protection for the uploader from fake DMCA takedown requests?

I know that a request must be "under penalty of perjury". But that doesn't protect against fake information. Anyone, and especially parties outside US jurisdiction, (and even more so in countries ...
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Automated backups of my clients websites to cloud storage, who is legally at fault if the backup contains illegal/copyrighted material?

I am currently working on a new backup service for all of my clients, where every day an automated system will take a copy of all of the website files, as well as a copy of the database. This will ...
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Can I include problem statements when posting exercise solutions to Code Review?

Short Version I have several books of programming exercises that I am working through. I would like to post some of my solutions to Code Review. Can I include problem statements along with my ...
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Is it rape if someone goes by a pseudonym and gave fake facts about themselves?

Let’s say Person A, an adult male, meets Person B, an adult female online. They develop a close relationship and talk on the phone on numerous occasions, but never meet in person. Finally Person B ...
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Can action be taken against a Discord server for someone admitting in chat they're under 13 then changing their age to over 13 thereafter?

Suppose you have a Discord server with a member who voluntarily tells people in chat that they are 12 years old. For purposes of this example, the user says I am 12 years old. Then after making that ...
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Legality about recovering deceased relative online account

In the case of a deceased relative, is there any law violation in any of these circumstances in relation to an online account (let's say google, facebook, twitter, msn, etc)? Countries interested: USA,...
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Do anti discrimination provisions apply to online as well as brick and mortar retail vendors?

Suppose a shop commits unlawful discrimination by selling products to only one race or only one sex, and a court rules that this constitutes direct unlawful discrimination. Now suppose that a website ...
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What are the parameters of the statutory buyer's remorse refund period for online purchases?

Do they apply to purchases of services as well as of goods? For such purposes, what constitutes an online purchase? Must it be automatically accepted card payment, or does a discussion with a service ...
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Why did Fortnite get banned from the App Store?

Recently, there was this conflict between Apple and the Fortnite devs, because Fortnite introduced In-App-Purchases that did not use the standard App Store payments, so that the fees did not have to ...
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Is it legal to download subscription based content from a website for personal use?

Is it legal to copy data from a subscription based education site using http://ricks-apps.com/osx/sitesucker/ or https://www.httrack.com. This is to be able to study the material when internet is not ...
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Is this bait-and-switch?

I had an odd experience at a large online retailer (call them AtoZ). I'll happily edit this to include the actual name if that's permitted here. I selected an item that was indicated as sold and ...
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GDPR and personal data reselling

The situation is following: I had an account in company A which then was sold to company B, both conduct online services. I wasn't aware of this because I didn't log in to my account for several years,...
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Can online physical threats be reported as crimes and to what agency?

Someone has made repeated physical threats (essentially, that they will beat me up) in multiple FB discussions. This person presents themselves under their real identity (is not a troll with a fake ...
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Section 4, Sexual Offences Act 2003

I met someone on a dating website, things were going great and we ended up getting frisky on camera together. It turns out that they were a catfish. Would section 4 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 ...
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What to do if seller sends more than ordered?

I recently ordered one volume of sheet music online from a boutique publisher in The Netherlands that only accepts orders via email (I'm located in Sweden). My email clearly stated a single product ...
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Question on Soliciting Positive Online Reviews in Exchange for Goods/Services

I was hoping someone more knowledgeable would be able to help. I left a very honest three-star review online for the boarding facility where we have taken our dog several times. It wasn't an ...
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GDPR and online forms: how to prove that the data owner opted in?

How can the data processor who collect personal information using an online form prove that the person who entered her data gave active consent, for instance by clicking a checkmark? Imagine a a ...
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Discrimination outside protected characteristics?

I am an avid community user for a paid software. The users buy the software, but not access to support. The company makes a strong use of the friendly community in their product advertisements. The ...
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Is it legal to perform communication with authorities for money in Germany?

I've gone through some processes of communcation with the register of associations and noted that there's no clarity of the process except for law texts and obscure forum posts. I thought, I'd would ...
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Can UK stores charge VAT for goods sold to customers outside the EU?

I just came across a .co.uk online store delivering goods all over the world. Even though I specify both billing and shipping address outside the EU (New Zealand), the site keeps applying 20% tax. My ...
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What is the VAT policy for a non-EU company with EU customers?

Say there is an offshore (Belize, Seychelles) company that provides some online service (like antivirus). Their service is subscription based which means that users pay for membership on monthly basis ...
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Was any (public) Internet archive's snapshot ever accepted as an evidence in a legal procedure, except patents?

This question is bugging my mind already for a while, and all of my attempts to find such a case failed horribly so far. I am simply unable to dig up any traces of a court decision - whether in US, ...
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Where is a TOS binding without affrimative acceptance? Where is it not?

When a website uses a "browser wrap" or "agreement of adhesion" approach to its Terms of Service (ToS) document, relying on language such as: Each time you access and/or use any ...
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What law governs providing online services

I have a following question. Let’s say I want to provide a service of fitness coaching. In my country(Czech Republic) to do so, you must have a certificate issued by the Ministry of Education, before ...
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How to verify the identity of someone you met online?

I need to sign a contract with someone I met online in order to start doing business with him. But how could I possibly know that the information he would put on the digital contract is his real info? ...
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Charging someone with theft of virtual currency

I've done some reading about gruesome tales of folks spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on video game currencies only to have their accounts irreversibly stolen or lost due to a bad in game ...
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Do any US states require online businesses to register and pay tax?

If an Internet services company (a search engine, social network etc.) is registered in say California or Delaware, but offers its services throughout the US, do any other US states require it to be ...
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Bought a product online. Store sent me something different stating original product should not have been listed online

UK store has sales of selected products every so often. My wife and I have tried for a few years to purchase a reusable advent calendar in store as they become available however have never succeeded ...
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Can a big box store sue me or demand I return items I did not order?

I'm in California for reference. I've been working with the kitchen design people at a big box store and they came out and did the measurements. They were paid for by me. We decided on a design after ...
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With copyrighted material, as long as Bob blog a snippet of it and provide their offical website link and comply with the (DMCA) law, safe enough?

Bob would like to start a blog where Bos shares some how-to tutorials. Bob would like to show some credibility and educational suggestion, so Bob would quote some instructions from the manual and ...
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Collecting statistics from online gaming and GDPR obligations

I am looking to to build an interface within a sandbox pc game environment that will allow for the collection of tabletop wargaming game stats in addition to player online ID(steam name). This data ...
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Why are terms and conditions of a website legally binding?

There are many resources (e.g. this) about ways of creating legally binding terms and conditions for a website. What I don't understand is: why can't a user claim that terms and conditions were not ...
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Are online stores supposed to state the true "order cost"/value of an order on the package/envelope for the customs?

I bought an electronic device for about £200 (GBP) from a UK online store to a nearby country where I live. When the package finally arrived, a few weeks later, it stated "£20" for the value ...
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Copyright Ownership of a Translated Article Appearing in a Book in Which an Online Translator was Used

As a follow-up to Attributing the Assistance of an Online Translator for a Book's Chapter---Is It Necessary?, and at the suggestion of @DaleM: QUESTION: Would an author of a book who incorporates ...
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