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A set of regulations which users must agree to follow in order to use a service.

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Could Twitter have banned trump even if they didn't have ToS?

could Twitter have banned Trump even if they had no ToS? From this article: (1) Violations of such terms and conditions agreements recently gave Amazon the power to block the right-leaning social ...
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Is sharing code of a web scraping snippet allowed? [closed]

I made a script to extract the whole list of extensions from the Chrome Web Store (https://chromewebstore.google.com/). This script does not use authentication. I didn't find anything related in their ...
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If a receptionist hands a customer a blank screen and tells them to sign - with no explanation - and they sign, have they entered into a agreement? [duplicate]

I recently went to the doctor, and at the start of the visit the receptionist gave me a completely blank touch screen and told me to sign my name twice. I asked why, and she said "you're ...
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Can you legally be removed from a public website with terms of use, without being told which terms of use you violated? [duplicate]

Recently I got my account closed in Facebook. 5 days ago, I received an email which said someone posted copyrighted material in a group I'm administrator of, and that "it was a serious violation ...
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Can I impose licensing terms on the content that users create or transmit using my program?

This comment about email client monoculture made me wonder if what the poster is describing is possible. Say I write and distribute a piece of communications software, like Outlook or Trillian or one ...
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What are the risks (if any) of not having terms and conditions and a privacy policy on a web app?

I'm making a web app which: is a personal project, is open source, is completely free, doesn't have any kind of login system (users can't create accounts), doesn't collect personal user data, doesn't ...
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Can I use the MIT license as Terms and Conditions on a personal project

I'm making a web app which: is a personal project, is open source, is completely free, doesn't have any kind of login system (users can't create accounts), doesn't collect personal user data, doesn't ...
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How to interpret "non-affiliated third parties" in privacy policies

Privacy policies frequently have phrases like this one: <ACME Co.> will not share your non-public personal information with unaffiliated third parties without your consent To a layman like me, ...
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2 questions about Xbox TOU and Microsoft Service Agreement

Microsoft Services Agreement disassemble, decompile, decrypt, hack, emulate, exploit, or reverse engineer any software or other aspect of the Services that is included in or accessible through the ...
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Is it criminal trespass for a person who is otherwise allowed access to property to violate the owner's policy?

I have found myself wondering about this while looking at online discussion of the recent incident in which a US Senate staffer (allegedly) taped himself having sex with someone else in a ...
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About learn, teach, copy some code for solving solution [closed]

"I have read the terms and conditions of almost all learning websites. I am totally confused because, after reading their terms, it seems they state that, copying any content from their website ...
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Commercial Use of Steam Digital Reviews

After analyzing the Steam Web API Terms of Service and the Subscriber Agreement, it is unclear to me whether the reviews, which are otherwise freely available through Steam's official programmatic ...
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Can either side of a GDPR SAR require the other to agree to ToS during the identification process?

I shall use a real situation that happened to me, but this is just to demonstrate my point. I am definitely not going to do anything about it. This is a purely theoretical question, I am not ...
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Betting with VPN [closed]

The Stake Online Casino is not available in the Netherlands. However, you can bypass this geoblocking with a VPN. Is this a legal thing to do? And can Stake find out in any way?
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Would it be possible for someone to modify a form on a website and then claim that they didn't have to agree to the ToS?

Let's say that there's a form on my website that lets the user create a new account. Then let's say that the form has a checkbox labelled "I agree to the Terms of Service" and it is ...
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Are (or would) Reddit's 2023 API changes considered anticompetitive?

Earlier this year, the website Reddit has announced API changes, that include making the API paid on a way that forced 3rd party clients for Reddit to shut down. More details can be seen on these news ...
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UPS UK terms of service gives them a blank check - legal?

UPS has terms and conditions (PDF) that include the following: 4. Customs Clearance When a shipment requires customs clearance, it is the shipper’s obligation to provide, or to ensure that the ...
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Can I set a fee for using my web site, and later collect it?

If I set terms of service for my web site, visitors to my web site agree to them when they use my web site (beyond, presumably, the usage technically required to obtain the text of the terms). It is ...
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Terms of Service and Adversarially Interoperable Apps

Applications like NewPipe and Geddit seem to be becoming more popular. These applications are "adversarially interoperable": they work with and can display content from large services such ...
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Does Google routinely form contracts by accessing web sites with their crawler?

Many web sites contain terms of service, where the web site puts a link to "Terms" or similar, and anyone who accesses the web site forms a contract with the web site operator under those ...
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Software to block contracts

Many websites offer contracts to their visitors by "browse-wrap" (making an offer by notice, where not not using the site signals acceptance) or click-wrap (making an offer where clicking &...
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Accepting online contracts on behalf of a corporation

I use a computer and the Internet for work. I use a lot of software that is licensed to my employer. Say some software licensed to my employer pops up its license on my employer's computer and demands ...
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Is using hidden city ticketing a theft of service?

In some cases, A-B-C flights (from A to C with layover at B) cost less than a direct A-B flight with the same company. "Hidden city ticketing" is the practice of taking the cheaper A-B-C ...
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How is Midjourney's ToS Legal?

I feel this is fairly straightforward, but I have seen no explanation as to why Midjourney is allowed to restrict the "copyright" or commercial use rights of their users, paid or otherwise, ...
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Two-Way Browse-Wrap

I often browse web sites that offer me contract terms via "browse-wrap": there is a link on the page to a "Terms of Service" or similar, and my browsing the web site, having had ...
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Should my hosting service return part of my annual fee if my site was hacked? [closed]

I’m an artist, and I have a website on the artist hosting service, Artspan.com. Unfortunately, recently their hosted websites were hacked and some of us lost all our uploaded images. They have said ...
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Can a computer program agree to Terms of Service?

Most service providers have Terms of Service that people or entities need to agree to before legally using their services. On another question I had, arguments were made that you needed to be a person ...
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Is it legal for a company to require you to delete your account to unsubscribe from marketing emails?

I'm subscribed to "Visual Studio Dev Essentials" (so that I can download older versions of Visual Studio from the Microsoft website), but they are sending me unwanted marketing emails ...
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What does this "Forfeiture of the right of withdrawal" section mean in a Terms of Service agreement?

My client has asked me to sign up for toggl.com so they can do their taxes. However, I saw this alarming section in the Terms of Service and am now unsure as to whether it is a good idea to sign up: ...
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What are the limits of removing judicial recourse through arbitration clauses?

Suppose a FINRA-regulated financial institution is notorious for littering its service agreement with purportedly binding arbitration clauses, but then exercises a policy that amounts to depriving a ...
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Can game developers legally revoke the license of use of game assets?

Large video game companies such as Blizzard, Valve, Mojang, etc. usually include a notice on their terms of use for video game assets for non-profit use, claiming that the license can be revoked at ...
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What are the trade-offs involved in accepting an offer to contract that would combine an installment payment and service fee?

Let's say someone purchased an item on an instalment payment plan from a company. They also subscribed to their services. The instalment scheme is separated from the monthly service fee. That means ...
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Conflicting published policies

In researching another question, I came across conflicting information in the published policies of a company. Their Policy FAQ article indicates the need for a phone number is strictly for verifying ...
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Is it rightly understood that any termination without just cause are unjust practices

Let's assume a Telco has terminated a consumer's lines without just cause. The disconnection is due to their failure of rectifying a billing issue. They didn't provide any customer support during the ...
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What's the consumer's rights in a Telco billing dispute?

My aunt has a billing dispute with a Telco. Telco apologises and promises to resolve the billing issues but nothing has been done. Her lines are disconnected twice in a month because of the ...
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How to prohibit "Discussion of Illegal Activity" -- but only the bad kind?

Online forums often have rules that say "Discussion of illegal activity" is prohibited. By this, they want to prevent users from using the forum from doing things like planning crimes, or (...
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Ambiguous(?) meaning

Disputes handled by TeamX can only address the hours, not the quality. What does it mean: TeamX can only address hours in handling the dispute, not the quality or dispute can only address hours not ...
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What does it mean when an obligation is 'waived'?

A while ago, I received a LOD (Letter of Demand) for an amount of $380 with ABC-CO. I signed up for a service with ABC-CO 10 years ago and terminated the service 5 years ago. I have not received any ...
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Is this telephone company's terms of usage common or unfair?

Though many think the price is good, their policy does mean your telephone service is subject to change. Is this even legal to enforce per FCC? reserves the right to reclaim any phone number from ...
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Can written notices such as company terms and conditions be rejected on grounds of being too long

Sometimes companies post 30 page terms and conditions notices that an end user must accept by clicking in a box. Can such agreements be rejected well after the fact (after clicking) on grounds like: ...
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Is it legal to create a website acting as middleman for transactions between game items and real life cash?

Knowing the ToS and EULA of the game prohibit one of selling his game items for real life money transactions, my question is, is it legal to create a website to act as the middleman for these ...
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Vietnamese were chosen as applicable law, should the CISG govern contract ? May the parties choose laws of Indonesia to be applicable of the contract?

The contract is signed between the company, which is located in Vietnam, and company in France / Germany / Australia / Korea. From the Contracting States of CISG between Vietnam and U.S. activated, ...
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Contesting a surprise bill from Amazon

Today I got an email from Amazon asking me to pay a large amount of money for their services. I signed up on AWS two weeks ago to discover their platform, and tried following one of their tutorials. ...
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What is the timeframe for Mastercard's "zero-liability" policy?

Other types of transaction disputes such as "product not received" has a clear reporting timeframe of 120 days or 540 days. That is, the consumer is usually protected only if the report is ...
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How often can a paid service be unavailable without breaching contract?

I'm curious about the theory and practice behind paying for a monthly subscription and not being able to use it for no fault of your own. I had purchased a 4 month gym pass. The gym is part of a ...
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Why aren't software companies required to make good faith efforts to enforce age restrictions?

There are a lot of products and technologies available that support children asking for parental consent before purchases, etc. (Amazon, Microsoft, etc...) And, it really isn't that hard to do to ...
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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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What does Firebase "use exclusively for purposes related to my trade, business, craft or profession" mean?

I'm creating a project in Firebase and it's asking me to confirm this statement: ☐ I confirm that I will use Firebase exclusively for purposes relating to my trade, business, craft, or profession (...
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Does the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act confer a right to unlock a phone one owns, or merely limit the scope of the DMCA?

Smart phones come in two different kinds: locked, and unlocked. A locked phone has been modified from its original design, in its software, hardware, or firmware, to only accept cell service from a ...
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Is it allowed to distribute images generated in DALL-E by OpenAI?

I was reading the TOS of OpenAI (https://openai.com/api/policies/terms/) to find out whether it's legally possible to distribute images generated in the tool via Twitter or non-public platforms like ...
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