Questions tagged [united-states]

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Can public elementary schools engage in partisan propaganda?

I was listening in on my 3rd grader's online lesson about environment. The pre-recorded video went more or less like this: Environment needs our protection; otherwise you the kids won't have clean ...
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Copyright on building renovations

Prompted by David Siegel's answer, specifically his final sentence: if a building is old enough that it is not protected by copyright, there is no protection. Would this apply when the building has ...
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Example to clarify “probable cause” for a search

In Los Angeles, California, the victim of a robbery identifies his attacker as being one of three identical triplets (and the victim saw nobody but the one attacker). If the three triplets all live in ...
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Can photographs of landmark properties be used commercially?

Can photographs of historic landmarks be used commercially? For example, let's say a bank used a picture of Marble House in Newport RI in advertisements of their banking services. Could the trustees ...
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Under what circumstances (other than defamation) is “truth an absolute defense” against prosecution?

My understanding is that "truth is an absolute defense" against a "defamation" charge, in the U.S. (Although you could be charged with something else such as "publication of ...
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Are websites obligated to explain the Terms of Service?

Suppose one submitted a clarification request regarding the ToS, and the website declined to comment for the time being. Is that legal? I understand one, if unsure, can simply not use said site. So I'...
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5/50 designation for land bank authority [closed]

When buying land in Michigan from a landbank there is a 5/50 designation, that allows the landbank to get 50% of property taxes from you for 5 years for the property they sold to you. I have obtained ...
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Do Revenue Sharing Agreements Carry on when the company is sold?

I've had an agreement with the Virginia company I work for to receive 1% of the generated revenue on a monthly basis. Of course that was after a long time of me being with the company (the bulk of my ...
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Methods for obtaining source code from an uncooperative company

I purchased a commercial product in the United States that has user-upgradable firmware available by unrestricted download. I am positive this firmware is based on an open-source project licensed ...
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Does accused always plead not guilty in federal court?

I've recently been following the case of boxer Felix Verdejo, who pleaded not guilty yesterday in killing of Keishla Rodríguez. Cádiz Martínez, a second person indicted in the killing, also pleaded ...
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Receiving a certified letter and the contents is not address to you

I am in the United States and I have recently received a certified letter that was addressed to me (name and address). It's about 80 pages actually. The cover sheet has a confidentiality notice, and ...
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If I have posted my own “homebrew” content on RPG.SE, and plan to publish it (after revising based on feedback), what credits am I required to give?

I have posted numerous homebrew features on Role-playing Games Stack Exchange, and I have used advice gotten from that site to balance most of them. If, one day, I publish the subclass, would I be ...
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Concerns with working as a Teenager

I am a 13 year old. I am wanting to work at my town's local book shop. I live in Washington, USA. I can't find any online documents regarding if I can or cannot work there. According to official D.O.L....
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Government's standing in criminal trials

There's an answer on politics SE that has some upvotes (but more downvotes) claiming (even more adamantly in subsequent comments) that standing is issue of substantial importance in criminal trials; ...
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Pass red light in another state

My car is registered in California, but I was on a road trip and accidentally passed a red light in Chicago, Illinois. It was yellow, but quickly became red. And I noticed the camera flash (it was 4AM ...
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What license do I need to transmit on an aviation radio?

I've asked this question over on Aviation Stack Exchange, but nobody over there knew the answer, so I thought I'd ask here. I'm a student pilot. I know that my pilot's license also acts as permission ...
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If it can be proven that someone profiting from spreading conspiracy theories doesn't believe in them are they guilty of fraud?

There are a number of people and websites that make money by spreading conspiracy theories and other 'fake news'. I think InfoWars is probably the most notorious, but it's only one of a multitude of ...
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Why doesn't the FBI crack down on websites allowing cartoon child pornography?

I was inspired to make this based off of a previous post. In the United States, visual depictions (such as drawings) of child abuse images is illegal provided they are ruled as obscene. This would ...
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Is there a legal obligation for a webhost to attain the identity of a DMCA takedown's issuer?

There has been a rash of false DMCA take-downs affecting artists on Twitter, in conjunction with emails from the attacker offering to stop issuing the take-downs if given a ransom payment in bitcoin. ...
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Can I breach a non-disclosure agreement if I share a story, but do not identify any of the parties involved?

Assume that any details in the story would not enable anyone outside the story to infer the identities of the parties involved. The agreement is a standard NDA between me and a former employer that I ...
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Can one “possess” something without receiving or producing it?

According to Wikipedia, concerning the legal status of fictional pornography depicting minors in the US link here: The mere possession of said images is not a violation of the law unless it can be ...
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Is pretending to be the owner of a bank account illegal?

I'm looking into a job, and I'm trying to figure out if there is a legal issue with it. The role is called "asset investigator." It entails confirming bank info on behalf of credit card ...
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Will it be called rape in US?

If a boss in office induces one of his subordinates to have sex in exchange of offering a promotion and later after having sex deny to promote, will it fall under the definition of rape?
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Using a similar concept and art style to cause confusion

Super Zoo Story is a game in development that is accused of ripping off Stardew Valley. One of the issues is that the game uses a very similar pixel art style, similar themes, and above all gives they ...
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Marketing for lawyers [closed]

Fellow lawyers, i'm intrigued... What would you say is the biggest problem you face as a lawyer or law firm in regards to marketing/digital presence or getting more customers?
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Is it legally permitted to quote from legally restricted materials in US?

Is it legally permitted to quote from legally restricted materials in US? Let’s say, US government banned/censored a site or book X legally. Now if I refer/quote something in my writings, blogs, sites,...
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Can perjury apply to arbitration proceedings?

Can guilt for the crime of perjury apply outside of judicial or other government proceedings? The answer to this very general form of the question seems to be no. Affirming that answer: It appears ...
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Is there something else that protects young students who aren't eligible for FERPA?

So I was recently reading about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). After a bit of reading, I saw this: FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's ...
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Who decides DNR decision when patient is non compos mentis?

My 83 year old mother's mental and physical health has deteriorated rapidly in last six months. At this point, she asks if her mother (dead 35 years) is coming to see her, if her grandchildren are ...
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Are online accounts and phone numbers frozen when “electronic devices” are seized by law enforcement?

The recent seizure of the cellphones and computers of Rudy Giuliani by the FBI led me to wonder about the immediate, extra-legal consequences for such an individual. Would this individual be ...
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Is it forbidden to fire a gun in self-defense in a national park?

According to Yellowstones official website: Hunting is strictly forbidden in Yellowstone, as is target practice. And visitors should not use guns as self-defense against large wildlife, but rather ...
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Will Florida Social Media Bill Allow Trump back Online?

Does the Florida Social Media Bill Allow Trump to Be Back on Twitter and Facebook? It prohibits internet companies from banning Politicians on social media. "SB 7072 also bars social media ...
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Can a real estate agent refuse to show a rental property (apartment) in NYC if I don't provide my eligibility information?

I'll email the Nooklyn real estate agents in the New York City area with a question about the property (e.g. floor level, elevator availability, cost of parking, etc.), and they almost always respond ...
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In the United States, can I sue my ex significant other for turning me gay? [closed]

Suppose that a person A happily entered a mutually romantic heterosexual relationship with another adult B and after suffering through three years of daily abuse, deliberate cruelty and elaborate ...
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Can a Tx landlord demand payment for garage on expired lease?

My prior lease expired in February and I signed a new lease. The prior lease included a garage addendum. I was charged separately for the garage the first 2 months, then the charges stopped. I ...
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Is it legal for employers to hire only native speakers?

I recently learned that there are some companies (for instance, certain editing, writing, or translation services) that explicitly refuse to hire non-native English speakers for certain positions a ...
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Is controlled burning of wooden buildings a legal demolition method in the USA?

An article on the BBC News website about the "Disaster Girl" meme claims that this photograph of a burning building was taken in 2005 in North Carolina at a "controlled burn", ...
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Is there a constitutional reason why there can be no legislation requiring commercial VPN operators to register veneer IPs?

For the purposes of this question, let's simplify what VPN operators do as "they allow their customers' internet protocol (aka IP) addresses to appear as other (veneer) IPs to the counter-parties ...
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Can the President revoke a pardon? [duplicate]

Can the President of the USA revoke a pardon issued by his/her predecessor? Relevant Article II, Section 2, Clause 1: he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the ...
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What happens if someone steals an apple juice from a supermarket?

I would like to know what is the risk if someone gets caught stealing a cheap item worth $1, such as an apple juice from a supermarket.
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Does pulling a gun in self defense still count as an assult?

I was speaking with a coworker who was using an example of pulling a loaded gun to drive away a mugger who as armed with a knife, with the mugger fleeing without shots being fired. He said the ...
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If a bystander has no legal obligation to help, can they dissuade others from doing so?

Hitler* is walking down the street. Suddenly he has a heart attack and collapses. Alice sees this. She considers calling 911 or giving CPR but realises it's Hitler and decides not to. Bob also sees ...
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Is marital status from another country valid in the US?

If someone with F-2 visa status comes to the US with his/her spouse then wants to get married a US citizen, or green card holder in the US, should he/she get divorced from his/her spouse? Or is it not ...
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Are causes of death public information?

CNN and MSNBC legal analyst Midwin Charles was something of a celebrity, but her cause of death (a month after her first vaccine dose) remains undisclosed, which led to some speculation online. I ...
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Regulations concerning non-commercial lithium ion battery transportation

With the proliferation of lithium ion-batteries for small-scale energy storage projects, non-commercial transportation of significantly large batteries (in the few kWh range, much larger than the few ...
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Can a jury award a defendant in a criminal trial money?

Hypothetically, Adam is charged with a crime and stays in jail for a few months before going before a jury. The jury decides that not only is Adam innocent, but he's so obviously innocent that he ...
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Does any state or other local authorities (eg, city) in the US require to have one's original car registration in the car, or is a scan always enough?

I read (mirror): As far as the car registration goes, the National Insurance Crime Bureau suggests taking a picture of it on your cell phone or keeping a photocopy in your wallet. If you’re pulled ...
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Are there legal limits to U.S. states taxing out-of-state income?

When a New York State non-resident has NYS income, NY's tax rates are based NOT on the absolute amount of the NYS income, but on the non-resident's federal income, pro-rated to the percentage earned ...
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Is the President at the top of all organ waiting lists?

In the United States, people can often wait for years on organ lists before receiving the organ they need. Does the President automatically move to the top of these lists, should they find themselves ...
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How can a US lawyer ethically work in the cannabis industry?

I live in California and I have seen ads for "cannabis attorneys" who specialise in helping the "legal" (under state law) cannabis industry/business (they often have names and ...

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