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 even possible to use the Google Maps API without violating their terms of use?

I went to the Google Maps API terms of use page and scrolled down and found section at 10.5f, which read: No incorporating Google software into other software. You will not incorporate any ...
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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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Which country's court interprets EULAs and Terms of Services online?

I'm thinking of writing a new kind of EULA for my software and Terms of Service for my art commissions and website. I'm not sure of which country a court interprets those legal documents. I live in ...
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If raw data is made available for non-commercial use, am I allowed to seek profit from the use of statistics I gather using the data?

The CHP has a traffic database filled with raw data that is for "personal, non-commercial use". Here's the database: database What I want to do is use this data to compile some statistics, the use of ...
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Would what happened in South Park (human centipede) be legal?

There's an episode of South Park where buried in the terms and agreement of iTunes, you agreed that Apple could forcibly make you into a human centipede. See: In the real world could this happen? ...
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'Click To Agree' Terms of Services And Other Digital Agreements

I've seen countless TOS/EULA/Legal agreements that basically say, 'Click here to Agree'. What legal implication (if any) is there if I circumvent the action of clicking on that link/checkbox/button? ...
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Can I get my answers deleted from Stack Exchange?

According to a moderator statement in meta that I read, Stack Exchange claims a "license" on the answers and questions which a user has posted. From a copyright standpoint can a claim be made or a ...
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What can be the consequences of indemnification clauses in online terms of use?

A lot of online services prompt users to accept conditions of use that have clauses for indemnification that look very much like there is chance that the users that pays for the service can possibly ...
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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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do you have to agree to terms of service before they apply?

Here is a scenario: If you donate to someone through a page with no reference to the terms of service (no tick box or link) on that page and sent a message with the donation through the same page. ...
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Does a German visitor implicitly agree to a website’s Terms of Service when reading a page?

When Bob visits a website and reads a page, does he implicitly agree to the website’s Terms of Service? The ToS are linked from each page (e.g., in the footer), and they say something like "By using ...
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Legally speaking who is a client?

As a service provider, we have been providing services to a particular business for almost a year now. No contract or framework has been signed for the services provided. A contract negotiation has ...
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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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What prevents companies form putting “You can't sue me” in their disclaimer?

In a disclaimer or a Terms of Use document, there are often pages and pages of statements like "We are not liable if you do this", "We are not liable if you do this", "We will not give more than $50 ...
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How is Citymapper not breaking the Google Maps Terms of Service?

Having read the Google Maps Terms of Service, I don't understand how Citymapper is not breaking section 10.4.c: "Restrictions on Unfair Exploitation of the Service and Content." Surely they must be ...
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“Plain English” website Terms & Conditions

I'm attempting to launch a website - to be specific a job portal. There will be two target users: 1 - Employees, 2 - Job Seekers I wish to offer a plain English Terms of Service/Terms and Conditions/...
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Is unequal application of a site TOS either a civil or criminal violation?

If a site is not treating all of its users the same way, and is applying the TOS against some users, but not others, is this in any way a violation of civil or criminal law?
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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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Is the Benchmarking clause in VMware's EULA actually valid?

The VMware End User License Agreement reads as follows: 2.4 Benchmarking. You may use the Software to conduct internal performance testing and benchmarking studies. You may only publish or ...
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Why exclude 13 world countries from international sweepstakes or giveaways?

Why are 13 countries excluded from various contests, giveaways, sweepstakes run by many different types of organizations on the Web? These countries are: Taiwan, South Korea, Portugal, Italy, Austria,...
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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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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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Making Terms of Use and Service. I put “these sentences” at the end. Do they mean same?

For last week, I had finished making "Terms of Use ans Service" but this agreement should be translated into several languages such as Chinese. At the very end, I wrote: In the interpretation of this ...
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Is web scraping content from the web illegal ?

I would like to create a service that gathers contents from other news websites and display them in a way that may not necessarily be violating the source's terms. The intent is to aggregate data ...
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Google Maps Terms of Service

I came across a section of the Google Maps Terms of Service (link) that confuses me. I am currently developing a phone app and would like to use Google Maps. Is this section saying that Google owns my ...
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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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Can HOA force you to pay dues for a community service you do not use?

To begin this, I have lived in this residence for a decade now. The community charges $300 annually for access to the community pool, to which I only actually used the first three years living here. I ...
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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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Facebook does not obey the Google Play's central opt out of the Ad ID

Facebook states in this Terms and services that it respects Google plays advertising id: Yes, the Audience Network SDK for Android uses the Advertising ID and respects its limit tracking option in ...
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Am i allowed to share a photo of Apple Maps

I am developing a iphone application, and I want to know if I am allowed to share a map screenshot (photo) of a area that has my custom draings on it. I am using Apple Maps, and I want the user to be ...
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Does an offer letter need to mention the terms of termination of employment?

I received an offer letter from a startup in India, which mentions: Your assignment shall be based in CITY_NAME and your appointment will take effect from the date of your joining, which shall be ...
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Is a job offer letter sent and accepted by email, legally binding?

TL;DR: You could also jump to the last paragraph. I was interviewed and selected by a software startup in India. Saturday was not a working day for them, but yet their tech VP, product manager and ...
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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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What can Thingiverse do with my Things according to their Terms?

A while back (It looks like 2012ish), I think before MakerBot bought Thingiverse, Thingiverse changed their Terms of Service/Use (ToS/ToU) and The Internets were up in arms about it, claiming that the ...
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Why Does My Client Say They Need This Long Paragraph Under Their Web Forms?

Apparently their compliance department (they're a for profit college) says they have to have this under every form, but I've never seen anything like this: Clicking the contact us today button ...
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What are the legal requirements for displaying a Terms & Conditions link on a website?

Are there any legal requirements regarding the display of a Terms & Conditions link? Does it need to be out of flow (popup, banner), or actioned ("I agree" checkbox)? Any specifications on font ...
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How to approach integrated extended service and durable goods UCC SOF K

A and B are friends. A is a reputable retailer specializing in shoes. B asks A for economical help, and A agrees that if B can manufacture a custom shoe that they'd continue working together. Some ...
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Outlook.com crawls links in my emails

I've recently discovered that when opening an email with a link in Outlook.com the link is being crawled by Microsoft. It seems to me that this is a severe breach of privacy – such links can ...
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What is the point of website Terms and Conditions?

I was considering answering How prominent must terms of service be?; when I was struck by a thought: what is the point of website Terms and Conditions anyway? Clearly, if they form a contract and ...
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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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Storing Google Maps Geocoding Data: Developer Site Tutorial Contradicts Terms of Service?

IANAL, but according to the Google Maps API Terms of Service, it appears as though one is not allowed to store geocoding results in a database: 10.1.3 Restrictions against Copying or Data Export. ...
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Interpretation of content ownership/usage in service provider agreement

I'm interested in using Firebase. Their terms of service states in section 3.2 that: You hereby grant Company an irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free, transferable license, with rights to ...
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What if the user disagreed with the Terms of Service, but still registered on a website?

This is purely hypothetical, based on an anecdote told on a web design lecture a long time ago. Most websites nowadays require you to click on a little checkbox that usually says I agree to the Terms ...
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#SOreadytohelp - international giveaway without terms and conditions? [closed]

Currently StackOverflow is celebrating their 10 millionth question. They are randomly distributing a total of 400 t-shirts among participants, over a period of one month. Participation is done by ...
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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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Legality of using album artwork from freecovers.net

I am building an online store for a vinyl company and I want to create an application to help them add cover artwork to their store. Am I legally allowed to use the artwork from freecovers.net on ...
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How ironclad are businesses's terms and conditions?

I was wondering how binding my websites Terms and Conditions are. I specify a few things there, including a return policy and terms of use. I am in California. I'm starting to sell to the U.S. and ...
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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, ...