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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Using Google Maps tile layers: Violation to Google ToS?

I've recently bumped into this answer on SO: https://stackoverflow.com/a/32391908/3854787 It shows a way to use the Google Maps tile layers using a direct - probably internal - API. It is followed ...
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Trademarks replicate - America's Cup boat model [duplicate]

We receive an order to build a model of one of the America's Cup team boats (team NZ-winner). Like the attached image. My question is about all the trademarks on the boats. Will it be possible to ...
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What happens to the third-person in a copyright-infringement?

A friend just asked me a question about copyright and terms-and-conditions when using a product and it's quite interesting. I have a website where I host software projects, and include a license with ...
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Is an engagement letter the same as an approximate quote?

I needed some legal help from a law firm (in India), and visited them to ask them how much they charge. They said it's their billing department that decides that, and they'd get back in touch by email....
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Where or how to check if you Google Play app is breaking the legal terms

Where or how can we make sure that our app is not breaking "Google Play" and "Developer distribution agreement" terms. Does somebody knows the official channel for this? Links: Google Play TOS ...
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To what extent is this “Terms and Conditions” clause legally valid?

As far as I understand, certain types of clauses that are fully enforcable if added to a written contract are not enforcable as part of a "Terms and conditions" document. For example, I can ...
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Freedom of speech and terms of use of social networks, are TOS allowed to violate FOS?

Freedom of speech is a constitutional right in many countries. But nowadays, several social networks "which allow freedom of speech" are appearing and growing because several of the main social ...
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Commercial Use of Recorded Output made by Speech Synthesis via Web Speech API on Chrome

I use the Web Speech API via Chrome to synthesize speech of my original text. I record the output audio using some other software. Do I own the copyrights to that recording? Can I sell the recorded ...
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What type of legally binding document do I need to offer my own services and make a client responsible for their use of my own deliverables?

Lengthy question. I offer software analysis services. I can tell a business what technology they need, how to put it together, and give them the materials to start hiring developers with. I don't want ...
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Indemnity to help in another's defense? What does that mean?

I am reading through legal materials, and I came across this line: "We reserve the right to exclusive control over the defense of a claim covered by this clause. If we use this right, you will help ...
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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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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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Are privacy policies and terms of service copyrighted?

Can I just copy a site's privacy policy and terms of service and do a global search & replace for the name? They all pretty much say the same thing anyways.
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It is legal for Grammarly to read, share and store forever all my emails?

I have just noticed the following paragraph in Grammarly Terms and Conditions. By uploading or entering any User Content, you give Grammarly (and those it works with) a nonexclusive, worldwide, ...
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Are “Terms of Service” legally binding that are presented contrary to “Best Practices”?

Question If a software company presents Terms of Service to an End User in a manner they expect users to neither read, nor understand - is it still legally binding? A hypothetical Company A knows ...
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What can happen if a person violates a website's terms of service?

What could happen to a person if they violate a website's license? For example https://medialoot.com/member/license/ says you're not allowed to reuse their code, but if someone did what would happen ...
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EU Cookie Law: can two sites differing by the third level domain can be considered a single website?

Let's make a common example: www.example.com is the main website of a company, then they have blog.example.com that is the company's blog. It's important to note that the same organization is ...
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Does Github's License Grant clause in the ToS make one legally liable?

The popular Git Repository hosting service used by many open-source projects Github recently adopted a new Terms of Service. I am puzzled by the implications of the License Grant Section. Which is ...
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How can I know if I can modify/copy resources on this website?

I was visiting a website/forum, and I saw that any content belongs to their respective owners. Does this mean I cannot copy/reuse/edit source-codes or other resources/contents the users are posting? ...
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Can I design or remix a model in SketchUp Make and legally share it via Thingiverse, MyMiniFactory or similar?

SketchUp Make is licensed for non-commercial work only. This includes the output from the software. Trimble Navigation Limited and/or its affiliates ("Trimble") gives you a personal, worldwide,...
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Is it lawful to keep a user from updating one's own content on Stack Exchange?

I have been banned for asking to many questions on Physics Stack Exchange for 1 year. During this time I am not allowed to revise or update my published work. I have asked that my work be invisible ...
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If a company changes terms of service, can I refuse and get a refund for the affected product?

Presumably if they want to change the contract I entered, and I refuse, the contract has to stay the same. Sometimes this may be impractical for the company, so can I get a full refund in such a ...
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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 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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Is it legal to download subtitles from youtube videos

youtube videos have different types of subtitles, there is manual subtitles where the author writes his video's captions and uploads them, and there is the auto generated subtitles by youtube. ...
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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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Is it lawful for a company to refuse a refund of a cancelled subscription service?

A couple of days ago, I was billed for my yearly Playstation Plus subscription service. I wasn't notified ahead of time that it was due to renewal and so I could no cancel. I cancelled immediately ...
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Under Nixle's Terms of Service, am I allowed to analyze e-mail alerts?

I'm looking to create an application that correlates flood watches/warnings with road flooding reports. The road flooding reports may be available on Nixle. Thus, the idea is for the user of my ...
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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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Limitations of software development & scraping

Many sites prohibit scraping of their content, which is understandable. But I do not clearly understand what approaches of data collection are considered to be scraping, or even allowed to be ...
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Do Google/Apple have total control over apps on their store?

Can App stores remove specific apps at their discretion? Or do they have to set forth rules about what is allowed and then follow those rules? One thing tells me that it is their store, so they can ...
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Correct spelling in ToS

May I correct spelling issues in my ToS without prior notification? According to §308 (5) BGB I need a "Fingierte Erklärung" (fictitious statement) with a time limit for the user to acknowledge and I ...
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Written evidence vs terms of service

Me: from Europe Company A: from United States of America I signed up for a service from company A. A stated in their written e-mails to me that I would get a full refund when the service they ...
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Is it allowed to use the Spotify Web API for commercial projects?

I have a simple question concerning the Spotify Web API. Is it legal to retrieve data from this service as a base for my app which then should be commercial? Without going too much into detail: I use ...
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Is it possible to renounce all responsibility for files on a web server? (Sweden)

I'm going to build a Web server that allow users themselves to upload files, video clips and so on. This will only be available in Sweden. Then my question is: Is it possible to renounce all ...
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What should I store when a user agrees to a click wrap agreement?

What are the security measures and precautions I should take when a user signs up and checks the click wrap agreement? What information should I save again each agreement and should I save the ...
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Client has no right to have services similar to the Services performed by Client’s staff - is it legal?

Can this provision "The Client has no right to have services similar to the Services performed by Client’s own employees or subcontractors or by other third parties." be illegal? For example, a ...
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Can a business owner be liable if they provide their service for free?

If a business provides a free online service which involves data storage, is the owner liable if they lose a user's saved data given that they provide the service for free? The business has a ...
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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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Does a merger clause nullify implied terms?

The SE legal link says that using SE constitutes an agreement to certain terms. Section 3 on subscriber content states that "all Subscriber Content that You contribute to the Network is perpetually ...
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I agree to the terms and conditions on this website

In the US we have the concept of a digital signature being anything that two parties agree to being a "signature". We are just now internationalizing our website and I'm wondering just how valid our "...
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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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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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Are “exact change only” policies legal?

I parked in a garage that has an automated pay-to-park kiosk - you specify how many hours you wish to purchase, and then insert payment. For two hours of parking, the price was listed as $6. It was ...
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Do I have authority to display images according to Terms of Use? [closed]

In my Android app submitting for approval I am using OMDBApi.com and showing movie posters were retrieving from their Api. According to Terms of Use do I have the authority to display content? How ...
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What stops some companies taking advantage of User Stupidity with the Terms and Conditions?

Most of us who work on computers would know that the vast majority of users don't read the terms and conditions of software or websites, blindly clicking on the "i agree" box/button/link. sometimes ...
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What information can I ask as the owner of a website to the clients of site?

I am not knowledgeable when it comes to IP and copyrights ! Any replies are greatly appreciated! I am planing to go on Kickstarter with a website that offers speech synthesis to its users. I want ...
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Can a company make a late payment charge that is greater than the maximum permitted by law?

A reasonably large online services provider includes the following in their Terms of Use (my emphasis). If Your credit card is declined, You agree to pay Us the fees within thirty (30) days of ...
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Google Map image use in public presentation

The IP statement supplied by Google Maps outlining permissible use of images of their maps is rather vague (to me at least) see link (https://www.google.com/permissions/geoguidelines.html). They give ...
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Legal to share malware code/sell malware products?

I program / rewrite (from security analysis / reverse engineering) different kinds of malware software as a hobby. Those include some pretty malicious things like ransomware extortion viruses, banking ...