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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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,...
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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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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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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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EU Cookie Law can I use cookies before users' consent?

I am trying to get my website to be EU Cookie compliant and I have encountered some plugins which have something called "implied consent" in other words a popup appears on the website saying something ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Why an app that streams audio from third party site that extracts audio from Youtube is illegal?

Ok, so, let me provide a little background on the topic, I've built an app that mimics the Youtube app, except upon selecting a video it connects to one of the various youtube to mp3 converter sites, ...