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

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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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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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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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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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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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Is a contract made through social media binding?

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 broker and ...
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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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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 ...
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SLA liability in case client break some law

How does or can a Service Level Agreement (SLA) protect the provider from any liability in case the client knowingly breaks a law. Example: AWS is a web hosting provider that sells computing ...
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How can sites like https://www.brandwatch.com/ crawl instagram legally?

sites like brandwatch.com and various other analytic sites crawl Instagram? Instagram says in their terms and conditions: We prohibit crawling, scraping, caching or otherwise accessing any content ...
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Image scraping from public profiles [closed]

I am in the process of building a web-based framework to implement a search engine based on Facial Recognition, it will feature a paid service and a members only area, to protect not only the users, ...
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Is it legal to add functionality to a paid aggregator web application through browser extensions?

we are stuck with a Legal dilemma would appreciate your feedback. There is a company that aggregates product data from thousands of suppliers and makes it available for a searcher at a subscription ...
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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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Is prohibiting proxies and VPN in terms and conditions of a website legal?

I found a service on an online website that prohibited the use of online anonymisers in the terms of service as stated here : The use of the Games and Services using anonymiser services (e.g. ...
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Should I use first-person (I) or second-person (you) for ToS consent?

This is a bit of a nagging question for me. Let's say I'm creating a web application that allows users to sign up for some service, subject to certain terms of service. I've seen some sites use first-...
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Appodeal Terms of Service

I have encountered this term "If you are a publisher, you are prohibited from using the Services in an app that offers any real monetary value to the end users." I don't really understand what that ...
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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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Can a business impose a minimum amout for credit card payment without notice?

Recently, I visited a bar I regularly attend and purchased what I normally get, which has a pre-tip total of less than $10. When I went to pay the check with my credit card, I was told that there was ...
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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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Can we freely delete our questions and answers? [duplicate]

I was wondering what would happen if a high rep user decides to shutdown their account and take down their answers and questions. I imagine stack exchange would want to stop that from happening ...
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Am I breaching any laws/policies for publicly posting customer service interactions?

I've recently had string of poor customer support experiences with a major corporation whom I rely on for the majority of my personal communication. I'd like to post these interactions in a public (...
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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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Google Translate Voice/Speech used in an app

I have made an app using Google Translates Voice/Speech-functionality in some features. Is it legal use it for commercial purposes?
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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....