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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 it legal to use content from news websites?

I got an education project based on freemium business model. I want to use content from news websites (NYC Times, BBC, etc.) on free part of web-site as an example for training reading skills. Is it ...
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What should I add behind the Trade Name for my Sole Proprietorship?

I am registered as a Sole Proprietorship in india to do business. I have provided a Trade Name eg. ABC So I have 2 questions: In my Terms of Service and any other legal document can I use the Trade ...
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Can terms of service prohibit a user from quoting content on a website?

I was wondering whether Facebook's TOS on automated data collection would actually be legally feasible. As far as I am concerned there is a universal right of quotation. Of course that will vary from ...
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Can Google sue people who use Android Studio to write root-based apps?

In 3.2 of the Android SDK (and Android Studio) EULA, it says that I am not supposed to develop for non-CTS compliant versions of Android. Does that mean Google can sue people who use Android Studio to ...
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Do Terms and Conditions glitches really occur?

Suppose I am installing a program and that program also installs another program(harmful) .Will the developer of the virus will be arrested/jailed/fined if he had added a line to the Terms and ...
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How to mention other website as the Product or Service in other website's terms?

Let's say I have a Billing website(1st website) for clients where a client makes an account and buys a plan. Then what I do is create a website(2nd website) for that client's shop where his employees ...
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Is Facebook Invading My Privacy?

I have two Facebook accounts: A, and B. FB account A uses my real email address and has my real life friends. FB account B uses made up information and is in no way associated with my real life. I ...
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violation of the terms of service

literally i have an app(to earn money) that parses google.translate results. Changes it(info from google) and puts it in. And it seem I am violating terms of service because i am scraping google....
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Why wont music streaming services like Spotify, Soundclound, Napster allow their API to be used in games?

I've been searching around for a music streaming service that can be integrated and used in a rhythm game, but I've found that all I've looked at so far (Spotify, Soundcloud, Napster) explicitly state ...
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Evil Wifi Terms of Service [duplicate]

It's a well know fact that very few people read the Terms of Service when accessing a public WIFI network. The internet is full of hilarious stories like: 22,000 people agree to clean toilets for ...
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post usage terms and condition

Is there are law or something that protects terms and condition applied after it has been used. More specifically, a cemetery you see in one condition, after burial they ask you to sign to purchase it....
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Can my app retain conversations between users on another website?

I'm planning to build an app that allows users to archive messages between users on an open and public section of a chatting website. The website has this in their terms and conditions however. You ...
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What does proportionate exactly mean here?

In an offer letter offered to me by an organization it states that: If the trainee leaves the service of the corporation before expiry of the bond period, he shall pay damages to the corporation ...
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Copyright Law and Terms and Services

Terms and Conditions for websites often include provisions pertaining to Copyright Law. To what extent can those Terms and Conditions, as a contract, alter standard copyright law and Fair Use? Can ...
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Can Amazon pull money from me?

Suppose I add my credit card to Amazon AWS service billing. Suppose that some hacker interacts with my domain at Amazon in such a way to make me owed $1000 or $10000 to Amazon (deliberately to harm ...
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Are GDPR-Walls legal?

Quite a few websites started showing european visitors "You cannot use this site because of GDPR", probably based on GeoIP information. I see two possible legal problems: GDPR forbids coupling of ...
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Could GitHub change its ToS to change ownership over the code?

During an online discussion about the possible steps MS might take after acquiring GitHub, the other user suggested that MS could change the ToS so that they become the owners of the code. So ...
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Can a company receive a payment and never provide the paid service?

I was wondering a question about a situation I'm involved in. Prefacing that I live in Italy, where an European directive states that every customer in their territories must have legal rights to ...
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How can clicking on “I agree with …” have any legal weight?

Many times you have to agree with some conditions or terms on website by checking the "I agree" checkbox or clicking some button. Or this - we are working on an agreement email for our client - our ...
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Can a data controller change their privacy policy without explicit consent?

While I read one of the updated privacy policies (PP) this week, the following section of a privacy policy seemed… off: We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time, and all changes will be ...
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Accepting User Credentials in iOS App to automatically enter form data on third party website: legal? Illegal? Nuanced?

I have an app that I want to accept as an input user credentials to a third party site and then automatically fill out and submit a form via a JSON request for them- a task that would normally have to ...
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Can I amend boilerplate contracts by mail?

I am party to a number of contracts (website terms of service, for example), where a service operator writes the contract, and I agree to the contract by using the service. If the other party wants to ...
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Can I use the rating of different restaurants from different websites like Yelp on my own website?

I am thinking of creating a website with restaurants ratings. You would be able to search for restaurants and in the result list you would see the name of the restaurant and the ratings of different ...
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Should offline users of an online video game be forced to accept ToS?

In the context of a video game that has online and offline play. An account is needed to play online, but no account is required to play offline. Assuming the user must accept some terms while ...
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How to tell which state governs the “Terms and Conditions” of my website?

In the "Terms and Conditions" page of my website, I have this paragraph: These Terms will be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of XXXXX, and you submit to the non-...
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How do users / members have to be notified of a change in terms and conditions?

However, I'm wondering what sort of due process a company has to go through before they assume that I've read an email regarding a change to their terms and conditions. it. For example, a bank will ...
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Legal disclaimer and liability for non-profit tax software [duplicate]

If there were an open source, non-profit project to create tax software to help people fill out their US Federal (and possibly state and local) taxes for free, and this tax software acquired a ...
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How is internet archiving legal, when it appears to violate many websites terms of use?

Internet archiving services like the internet wayback machine work by rehosting content from other website. However, many websites in their term explicitly disallow people to frame their website or ...
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Scraping a user's data with their permission and credentials

Many websites have user-specific data tied to their account which the user can view by logging in. For example, Amazon tracks a user's purchase history, Netflix tracks a user's watch history, etc. ...
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Does microphone recording of audio content from YouTube violate terms of service?

I would like to study the audio patterns of certain recordings on YouTube for scientific purposes, but don't want to violate their terms of service or any laws. Can I: play a youtube track, record it ...
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can I get sued without accepting EULA

I plan publishing information in an article about Software which is the result of people reverse engineering the software. The author of the software has been attempting to sue people who made use of ...
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Can I sell an extension that violates LinkedIn's TOS?

I am building a Chrome extension designed for users of LinkedIn. LinkedIn, however, appears to be very strict on the use of such extensions on its site. The TOS states that one should not use any tool ...
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Is it fine to store files subjected with copyright privately on Google Drive?

So I'm using educational version of G Suite which got unlimited Google drive space, and I've heard my administrator told me if you put things subjected with copyright and without owner (copyright ...
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Interpretation of “Code” and “Programs”

I've recently came across a paragraph in the Merchant User Agreement of Big Cartel, specifically paragraph 5.2, called "Prohibited and Restricted Activities" The paragraph states that offering the ...
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What does “Resident of any country excluding” mean?

You need to be a resident of any country excluding: a, b, c. Does that mean you need to be a resident of any country not listed or do you need to be a resident of any country that IS listed? This is ...
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How does one go about writing TOS?

I'm a sole developer, building a platform in which users can trade intellectual property. (Is it called IP? stuff like music, art etc.) How would I go about mediating this without being sued left, ...
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Is it required to include “Disagree” buttons for terms of service?

When installing software applications for the first time, there's usually a prompt to accept/reject the terms of service. Accepting the terms grant access to the service while disagreeing closes the ...
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Maps API terms of service and EU cookie law

In section 9.3 (C) of the Google Maps API Terms of service I found: Cookies. As noted in the Documentation, certain Maps API(s) store and access cookies and other information on end users’ ...
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Can companies legally make unreasonable term of service?

Say you buy a software. There is a term in the term of service that you got to pay $1 million dollar/become sex slaves, etc. To what extend companies can do that? There are 2 cases where something ...
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Contract Law Question

Question At my local college I've taken on a course about law and currently we are learning about contract laws and was curious about the binding nature of a contract. Let's say there is a stock ...
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What data can I store in my database from Google Books API?

I am developing an app that makes use of the Google Books API. One of the features is to sort books by title. I am aware of the restrictions on keeping permanent copies of the data retrieved from any ...
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Can I sue the gas company for not notifying me that gas was shut off at a rental due to tenant not paying?

I have a continuation service agreement with the gas company and they neglected to notify me that they had discontinued the tenants gas service in April of 2017 for nonpayment. They also neglected to ...
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Do I need some verification for Terms of use and Privacy Policy if I write them by my own?

I have an app and don't want to pay somebody to write them for me. The Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy are pretty similar with other's websites/app and I want to rewrite them by my own. Do I ...
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How are the Localbitcoins.com founders safe from money laundering laws?

There are lots of news regarding localbitcoins.com seller arrest against money laundering laws. I know it is seller or buyers responsibilities to follow their local AML laws. But how localbitcoins ...
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Is executing code from external server banned on Google Play?

I am creating a program that needs to download additional code and resources from external server. (Of course that code is safe). Is it illegal on Google Play? These additional assemblies will not be ...
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GDPR - Confirm company terms and conditions by button click

This May the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be applied across the EU. I read somewhere that users have to always 'opt-in' after this law is effective. Since I'm concerned about ...
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Does the 9th Court Ruling Imply That a Public Endpoint Is Truly Public?

Violating Terms of Use Isn’t a Crime, EFF Tells Court—Again The recent ruling by the 9Th CAP states that a user is not legally (criminally(civil maybe?)) bound by the ToS of a website operator. Does ...
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Is it illegal to modify a website locally

I am getting flak from the company I work for for having built a bookmarklet that makes one of their web applications more functional. It injects some code and new elements onto the page to augment ...
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Google Maps API Terms: substantially similar service

I'm struggling to interpret Google's intention behind this clause in the Google Maps Additional Terms of Service: Prohibited Conduct. When using Google Maps/Google Earth, you may not (or allow ...
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Does a ToS make sense for an artist?

It seems that many artists (including people I know personally) tend to think ToSs are a good thing to apply to art commissions. I tried to explain ToSs put the impetus on the service rather than the ...