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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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....
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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,...