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

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how can a website have a power of attorney in it's terms of service?

I was looking at rategenius.com's terms of service and they have a section entitled "Limited Power of Attorney": For purposes of this Agreement, you hereby appoint us, The Savings Group, ...
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Does a SaaS needs to offer a license grant?

I run a SaaS service (https://pdfshift.io) and I've recently received an email from a potential user that is worried about any IP infringement between them and their client when using our service. ...
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Legally creating server emulator for proprietary game

Can I create an alternative implementation (server emulator) of the server part of the game legally? Details: An alternative implementation involves reverse engineering the game and creating a server ...
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Can I set additional terms of service for "my" page on a third-party service?

A lot of web sites, like Github or Facebook, have terms of service for the platform as a whole but also let me publish stuff on pages that I have some control over. I can post a README file on my ...
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Using Google Maps 3D models without api for non commercial purposes

I am currently making a phone app for a school project, to show in a powerpoint presentation and possibly, in the future, in my resume. I wanted to use 3d models of my city from google maps as a map ...
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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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Is it possible to limit website visitors to a region or country in Terms of Service [closed]

Because of possibility of legal consequences arising from the law of jurisdictions outside the EU I would like to limit visitors to my website to residents of EU so that in an event of legal ...
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Does Amazon prohibit a family of adults from sharing a single Amazon account?

In Amazon's Conditions of Use, the section "License and Access" says the following: Subject to your compliance with these Conditions of Use and any Service Terms, and your payment of any ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why are private game servers illegal?

Over on Arqade we were discussing a question which was asking about private servers for a game called World of Warcraft. The discussion was about if using and/or hosting a private server is illegal ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 I resell my Amazon gift card?

I bought an Amazon gift card, and I would like to sell it to my friend. However Amazon Gift Card Terms and Conditions §2 states: Gift Cards cannot be reloaded, resold, transferred for value or ...
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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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Writing/using a self-made API for DeepL

I just learned that scraping the web is not always as legal as I thought it was. Apparently a website can prohibit the use of web scrapers for their website in its Terms Of Service. The translator ...
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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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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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Is there any law that Windows 10 "spying" might violate?

Windows 10 terms of service document includes Microsoft privacy statement which contains the following excerpt (as cited on http://bgr.com/2015/07/31/windows-10-upgrade-spying-how-to-opt-out/) ...
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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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