Questions tagged [terms-of-service]

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

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Is using Free apps in commercial services allowed by Google Play ToS?

Here are parts of the Terms of Service I find to be relevant: Free Content. Google may allow you to download, view or use Content free of charge on Google Play. Additional limitations may apply to ...
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Is a violation of contract or Terms of Service considered a crime in certain cases?

Suppose I make a video conferencing website, but I specify in the Terms of Service that the free version is not to be used for commercial purposes. Someone uses the website without reading the Terms ...
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What can a website Terms of Service require?

I heard of a study where participants were asked to sign up for a fake social media platform with absurd terms (such as giving up your first-born child). I was curious as to what can actually be put ...
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What happens if an AirBnB contract violates the overall Terms of Service?

I've identified an unusual listing on AirBnB: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/50901269?source_impression_id=p3_1627314727_DprmH0dh%2BrK58ACR Under the section "House rules" is the following ...
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Is a company allowed to break their own Terms of Service (TOS)?

I have spotted multiple counts of a gamecompany breaking their own TOS for their own or "associates/friends" gains, including real world trading (selling items for money) while stated in ...
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What can be put in a website ToS?

Suppose I wanted to make a website and put something absurd in the Terms of Service like this: "To use the free version of the site, your full legal name must have 20 characters, you must have a ...
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Is there a reasonability limit on the complexity of terms and conditions?

Background story: We booked an Emirates Flight earlier in the year, Emirates made substantial changes to the itinerary and I was trying to figure out whether we can get our money back. Emirates ...
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Trial Periods days

I have subscribed to a 30 days' trial period product online on 8th May 2021 in the afternoon. The contract says that after 30 days, payment will be taken. I thought I can cancel today (7th June 2021) ...
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Is inappropriate use of a website solely a civil matter, or will it extend to criminal matters as well?

Suppose someone uses a website against its Terms of Service, EULA, etc., such as by using multiple accounts when the website limits users to one account or trial period each (to limit usage), using a ...
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Why limiting the liability in the Terms of an App to 150% service fees?

A language learning app from a German company states in their Terms the following in their "Limitation of Liability" section: We shall be unrestrictedly liable for (a) injury to life, body ...
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Are ThomasNet.com's terms and conditions contradictory?

ThomasNet.com is a directory for businesses to advertise themselves. It requires that business owners themselves " agree that you will not use this website or our services or applications for ... ...
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What are the consequences for intentionally providing false information to an online site?

Suppose you provide a false name and birthdate to a site like Facebook or some other online site that requires accurate information. You do not make any financial transactions or impersonate anyone (...
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Are websites obligated to explain the Terms of Service?

Suppose one submitted a clarification request regarding the ToS, and the website declined to comment for the time being. Is that legal? I understand one, if unsure, can simply not use said site. So I'...
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Are the following Terms of Service clauses valid/enforceable?

Wallhax is a website selling cheats for online games like Among Us, Apex Legends and dozens of others. Clearly what they do is in clear violation of these games' terms of services. On their own terms ...
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Can software vendors add a ToS that would give them monetary privileges over things created by their software?

Imagine that a software user typed an original novel into a word processor (e.g Microsoft Word or Google Docs). Imaging that the software vendor added something to the terms of service (ToS) saying ...
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Can an operating system make terms for apps that run on it, or can third parties do the same?

This is in continuation to the question here :If an app is built on a GPL Operating System must it also be GPL? Say a user is using a default calendar app and the operating system provides an inbuit ...
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Use of a VPN to access website when not expressly prohibited in the terms and conditions of the licence/account

Often no mention, direct or indirect, is made regarding the use VPNs, proxy servers, or other online privacy measures whilst accessing the websites of certain online bookmakers. However, in the forums ...
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Game Hacking Legality [closed]

Hello I have a question about if game hacking is legal in Florida. What I mean by game hacking is making a software and selling it (not altering the games original code or selling anything with the ...
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Can my landlord require me to agree to third-party terms of service if they install a smart lock on my door during my lease?

I am in the middle of my current fixed-term lease and have always had a mechanical key-based lock on my apartment door. My landlord has announced that the doors of all apartments will shortly be ...
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What is the legal basis of requiring permission before one can link to a webpage?

I came across the "Linking Terms" of OTC Markets Group Inc.'s website: PLEASE READ THESE LINKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS ("LINKING TERMS") BEFORE LINKING TO THIS WEB SITE. YOU MAY ...
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Can I get in legal trouble for open sourcing an unofficial wrapper for an API? (EU Law) [closed]

A while ago, I programmed a very simple API-Wrapper for a search engine and made it Open Source (Licensed under MIT). All it basically does, is using the very same REST-API the actual website uses as ...
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Can I say that I am utilizing same terms & conditions and privacy policy of this (xyz) website?

I am running a service A that uses some other service B. The company L also provides and uses the service B for themself as well for service K. Can I say on my service website A that my service ...
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Can a free website have a terms of service?

I co-own a free website that recently underwent a spam attack. I have considered a terms of service to keep people from abusing the website. However, upon reading sites that inform me how to create ...
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Can a terms of service include clause indicating payment required for service

Is is possible that a website or piece of software to have a clause in their terms of service saying that by using the service you are agreeing to pay a listed fee for the use of the service and then ...
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Can your ToS ban law enforcement?

Researching something I stumbled over the following Terms of service for a website: Notwithstanding any other part of these Terms of Service, and notwithstanding any other express or implied grant of ...
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Publishing research obtained by violating Google's TC

I believe Google's Terms and Conditions prohibit bot scraping: that is, submitting lots of (automated) search queries in a short time. This is enforced by mechanisms such as CAPTCHAs and IP ...
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Can the “Pandemic” be considered “not occasioned by the conduct of the (business)” and considered not reasonably remedied?

In my contract it reads "In the event that (business name) is unable to perform any of it's obligations under this Agreement due to any occurrence whether or not occasioned by the conduct of (...
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What are the legal actions that can be taken against me and my app for breaching the YouTube Terms and Conditions?

Suppose, I create an Android app that streams music/songs illegally by playing them in a YouTube player while hiding the player view, and also allows downloading the videos offline both of which are ...
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Discrepancy between robots.txt and TOS

This question made me think of a situation: Alice asks Bob to crawl web site realestate.example.com and return results of the regular expression "Price:([0-9]*).*Size:([0-9]*)" Bob points a ...
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Why am I given a contract for services instead of a contract for employment?

I work at a UK university doing part-time teaching. I was looking into statutory sick pay recently, which I see can be claimed by someone on an employment contract. When I look at my contract with the ...
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Must Terms of Service be written by a lawyer?

I'm a programmer making a messaging service. And although I can get the software parts sorted out easily, I'm not really sure about the legal bits. In particular, I'm not sure whether my Terms of ...
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Is Stack Exchange, Inc. a publisher or a public forum?

I'm wondering if Stack Exchange, Inc. is a publisher or a public forum? More specifically do they have the right to censor and suspend users even if they haven't violated their terms of service? P.S. ...
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Could Sargon of Akkad-related compensation claims damage/ruin Patreon?

In 2018, Patreon removed content creator Carl Benjamin (Sargon of Akkad) from their platform over violations of their terms of service by using racial and homophobic slurs. Recently, calls seem to ...
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Is there some kind of universal Terms of Service and Privacy policy to disclaim any kind of liability while testing startup ideas? [closed]

I've seen this kind of disclamer a lot: THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, ...
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What does this mean in this engagement letter?

I am looking to break a lease with my landlord and am looking to hire an attorney. What does "Client assigns to counsel all rights conferred by statute or rule to recover attorneys' fees and ...
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Is there a legal distinction between updating existing software and installing new software?

This is a follow up on this popular question. Microsofts EULA terms for Windows 10 clearly state that Microsoft may update their software without the users explicit consent for each update. On the ...
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Is it legal for Microsoft to install software without user approval?

On several occasions, Microsoft had misled their users to forcefully install updates or unwanted programs (like Windows 10 on Windows 7 here, here, here, and here), it also has forcefully installed ...
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Enforcing academic integrity in light of Chegg's terms of service

According to Chegg's terms of service, No materials from the Services may be copied, reproduced, modified, republished, downloaded, uploaded, posted, transmitted, or distributed in any form or by any ...
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Is Including a Watermark in Content a Form of Copyright Infringement?

About 10 years ago, I uploaded a video to Youtube that I presume was created with a presumably free video editor that left a Watermark in the video. I know a copyright claim being filed is unlikely, ...
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Are terms and conditions preventing already illegal things meaningful?

I'm looking at writing T&Cs for my service and found that many examples repeat that they prevent things which are already illegal. An example fragment: You may not use the Services and may not ...
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If the terms of service of a software change, do they only apply to versions released after the date?

A company offers a downloadable product on their website. The product has been in development for years and there have been many versions released. The company has a set of terms and conditions that ...
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Can you have valid Terms and Condictions when there is no entity mentioned?

I was reading the terms and conditions here https://www.binance.com/en/terms. What exactly are they? Are they a natural person? Are them a company? And if so where are they registered? Do they have ...
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How can one open a profitable MMORPG private server (server emulator) legally?

Background The MMORPG in question has a Korean developer and a German publisher. It is pretty old, but is still live and running by the publisher. The game appears to be dying and has a very low ...
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License agreements: if I can use X by doing Y, can I use X without doing Y?

To hopefully make this question more clear, here is an example: Software company X creates software product Y under the freemium business model — the user of Y is allowed to use it at no cost with ...
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Risk/Information Regarding Copyright/Trademark Violation

I have previously participated in the illicit accessing of files (music, etc.) that were most likely copyrighted/trademarked/etc. as well as the distribution of modified versions of these files (...
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Can you legally bet online on somebody's behalf with their written consent?

Is it legal to bet on behalf of somebody else on an online bookmaker? For example, would it be legal to get written consent from a friend, use their ID, etc. to create an account with that online ...
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Privacy policy pop up in China

There is a new New Privacy Policy Requirements For Mobile Apps In China. One of rules is "They must be in a pop-up message, either on your landing or login page." Can a full screen be ...
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Can a moderation team in a game extend a ban that you have just because they want to

I have been playing a game called VRChat for quite a while now. There is a lot of toxicity and corruption by the staff in this game and I have previous use and bans because of using a modified client (...
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Ownership of sites and smart contracts

If I am an owner of a site, I can place restrictions on its usage even if the site software is licensed under an open source license such as GPL or AGPL, right? Which law allows me to place such ...
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Refurbishment service by post, can the vendor disclaim responsibility for return shipping?

There is a vendor offering a service to refurbish and paint brake calipers. These items can sometimes have high value, several thousand pounds on the second-hand market. The vendor's terms and ...

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