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Unsolicited ideas clause in terms of service in the context of corporate email contact links?

Most term of service contracts have a unsolicited ideas clause that contains language like: suggestions or ideas relating to enhancements, new or improved products, technologies etc. If the ...
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Is it legal to create user accounts on behalf of users?

Suppose that a customer wants an online or cloud service provider to port all their users from their old system to the provider's new system. Most of them won't know this is happening. It seems like ...
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Writing/using selfmade API for DeepL

I just learned that scrapping the web is not always as legal as I thought it is. Apperantly a website can prohibit in its Terms Of Service the use of webscrappers for their website. The translator ...
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Which countries' law should be considered for Privacy Policy and Terms of Use in a localized website

Should a multi-language website have different privacy policy and terms of use content for the languages it implements? Or is it just perfectly legal to have a mot-a-mot translation of the base ...
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Is web scraping legal without authentification?

I am currently learning how to web scrape the web and I encountered a major problem. It seems that every website has some part of its terms of use talking about web scraping being strictly prohibited....
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Chrome Extensions That Inject Content On Retail Sites [closed]

I am prototyping a chrome extension that adds functionality to eCommerce sites. It injects HTML/JS/CSS into the page and adds UI elements that when clicked perform some sort of action. i.e. Adding a ...
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Crawling a web forum and presenting the posts in a search

Is what this site is doing with steam community legal? https://www.steamtrades.com/ I assume that is a grey area, no? So what are the factors that would make it legal or not? I assume one should not ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why is there an apparent legal bias against digital services?

Over the years, many websites - mostly file-sharing websites - have been taken down due to the users using the service for less-than-legal activities. Most of these websites posted well-visible ...
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Facebook disabled my account; can I legally force them to restore it?

I was trying to sell adult goods on facebook as I sold other kind of products as usual to multiple facebook communities. I happened to forget nudity was forbidden on facebook. But the package ...
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Ticket Seller's Liability

I bought four tickets to a concert on craigslist. Then I sold two of them on stubhub. I later learned the tickets might be fake. I immediately notified stubhub. I was told seller's agreement is I am ...
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Does selling certificates from Let's Encrypt violate their ToS?

A company I (unfortunately) worked for in the past is selling Let's Encrypt certificates for about 10€/month. I don't need to tell you that these certificates are free for everyone. The customers are ...
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Will a site get into trouble if it's users use it's resources for unethical/unhealthy things on the internet?

Take the site 10minutemail.com for example. What if someone uses the temporary email and logs into somewhere on the internet and does something illegal. When the investigations happen, the email will ...
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Is it illegal or against the ToS to have two facebook accounts?

When creating an online account, you often agree to the terms of service (ToS). Often in the ToS it says only one person can have one account. Does this mean if someone creates another account they ...
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Legal to scrape social media for pictures?

Can there be any legal problem with scraping social media sites (like Instagram and Facebook) for pictures without registering a user or using the sites' APIs? Could sites sue me for copyright ...
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Why an app that streams audio from third party site that extracts audio from Youtube is illegal?

Ok so let me provide a little background on the topic, I've build an app that mimics the Youtube app, except upon selecting a video it connects to one of the various youtube to mp3 sites, and stream ...
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Can I create a website that restricts political opinion of user-generated content?

Say I created an animal rights tool, in which most of the features are community developed and voted on by the community. Highly-rated users can create buttons without approval. I clearly am doing ...
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Keeping a user's agreement to service terms after the account was closed?

When new users sign up on my software as a service platform they have to agree to the terms and conditions. That they did so is stored in a database record along with the revision of the legal ...
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Is my application commercial according to this definition?

I'm planing to use the Imgur API in my own application. According to their document(emphasis mine): Commercial Usage Your application is commercial if you're making any money with it (which ...
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Is there any obligation to provide a service after a contract expires?

I had a contract to provide web services to someone for a few months. The contract has now expired and has not been renewed. The client was horrible to work with and I no longer want to work with them,...
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Do websites need to notify users when PP and TOS are cosmetically changed?

Websites are supposed to notify their users if the Terms of Service or Privacy Policy are changed. What if the meaning remains the exact same, and only the syntax, spelling, etc are changed? Here are ...
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Is my lyrics searching program illegal?

I have developed a program that scans your media folder, finds the lyrics of each song online and saves them. To do this, my program manages to find the website where the lyrics is posted (I use ...
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Does a TOS also apply for third-party resources on a website?

Let's say there is a website X, providing some kind of information or service. I am not their registered user, do not go to their webpage. I open somebody else's webpage Y which somehow incorporates ...
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Website liability for user contributed content that may be unlawful?

In a situation where a website: allows users to contribute content (articles, images, comments, etc) specifies in the TOS that those contributions become property of the website, etc. does not / can ...
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Legality of invoicing a content spammer for advertising fees and enforce such an invoice?

I am wondering if it would be legal for party A to invoice a company which posts spam advertisements on a website owned by party A which has a terms of service prohibiting such unsolicited and ...
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Internet Retailer Sharing Customer Information on Review Site

Recently, I had a poor experience with an online retailer. After the retailed failed to resolve the issue, I filed a BBB complaint. The retailer then notified me that they had posted my "customer ...
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For a website owner's ToS to shield him/her from liability, does it have to be written in terms of a proper legal entity, like an LLC?

Suppose Bob and Terry Jones own the domain example.org, and are going to start a website called ExamplePedia. It will be a lot like Wikipedia: a non-profit, web 2.0 site, hosting collaboratively ...
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Is our website responsible for users' offline actions?

On our website clients find models for their photo shootings, castings, promotional events, etc. A client transfers an escrow payment to us and when a model finishes the job we sent the money to the ...
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Do I need terms and conditions and privacy policy on my website

I have made my own website with a simple blog and login facilities so users can play a simple game I have made. Do I need terms and conditions and a privacy policy? I have already implemented a cookie ...
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How to Prove, Legally, That a User Actually Clicked the “I Accept” for TOS, etc

In a click-wrap scenario, how does one prove, legally, that a user actually clicked or checked the "i accept" or equivalent on a given site. e.g. what if the website owner doesn't track clicks, ...
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My nickname violate the Google+ Names Policy, how about my privacy?

I would like to use my nickname instead of full name when commenting on random posts within Google network. However when I wanted to enforce that (by changing my Full Name into nickname), I found out ...
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Website Registration Terms Agreement - Implicit With a Blurb or Need Checkbox?

During sign-up, the user must agree to the terms and conditions and privacy policy. Is it sufficient to state: "by registering, you agree to our terms of service and privacy policy" (where the words ...
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How to prevent internet company from changing Terms of Service?

So you sign up on website.com, you click on the notorious I accept tos and privacy policy checkbox (many without reading it) and you pay for the service. Month later, website changes their TOS page ...
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What's the validity of different versions of Terms of Service (Software, Web)

Many people sit around and nitpick about wording that's added or subtracted. They have many terms for this but its essentially everything they get you to agree before they allow you to use a web ...
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Commercial/free third-party application to browse/watch YouTube, is that legal?

Let's say there is an internet browser that allows browsing/watching content from YouTube while blocking their ads. Also the browser can be a free or paid application, or can show ads from a third-...
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Host a public wiki website: how to make every contributors' content to be licensed under CC-SA automatically?

I'm trying to host a wiki website which is similar to Wikipedia: all contents licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Besides putting a footnote at each page to explicitly ...
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How prominent must terms of service be?

How easy must it be to find a website's terms of service? I assume that if it's very difficult to find, then users couldn't be reasonably expected to know the terms of service. Are there any ...
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To what degree do I have to comply to COPPA in this scenario?

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) is designed to restrict sites collecting information about children under the age of 13 years of age. If I am operating a general purpose web ...
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Legality of creating bot accounts in Facebook/Twitter/Instagram

I am a programmer and have a job offer to create a script that will automate the creation of a Bot Farm. So my boss wants me to develop a program to mass-create Facebook/Twitter/Instagram accounts. ...
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How It is with sharing content on Facebook

Facebook Terms of Service contains (3.8.2015) the following text in section 2.4: When you publish content or information using the Public setting, it means that you are allowing everyone, ...
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StackOverflow logo change vs. user contributions and CC BY-SA 3.0

After the temporary LoveOverflow logo change, there has been a whole lot of fuss about SO and political matters, including a question on MSO claiming that displaying such a logo on a page with user ...