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What gives the right to public schools to confiscate your phone?

I've seen a few questions like this one on this site, however, I have not been able to find a credible source dictating what gives schools the power to confiscate a device? Let me give an example: ...
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Is it legal to print (non-pirated) textbook pdfs that are made freely available online by the copyright-holder?

There are a lot of textbooks (typically out of print, I think) that the publisher/copyright owner has decided to make freely available online as a pdf. (see this, for example of what I mean) Is it ...
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U.S. copyright law (revisited)

A revisiting of this question. Hypothetical facts Alice buys a hardback book from the publisher for $70. On Wednesday, Wanda pays Alice $10 rent for the exclusive right to use the physical book in ...
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US code used to say 'the unit of electric current shall be the ampere'; what legal consequences did that have?

Up until 2006, U.S. law said the following (in 15 U.S.C. 223, which was repealed in 2007): § 223. Units of electrical measure From and after July 21, 1950, the legal units of electrical and ...
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U.S. copyright law

Hypothetical facts Alice buys a hardback book from the publisher for $70. Alice makes a digital copy of the book and posts it online to an account only Alice can access. For one week, Alice rents ...
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Would it be illegal to make a fake police car?

Suppose there were an eccentric millionaire who really wants people to drive safely around her. Could she make a fake police car and drive around in it? She would never pull anyone over or directly ...
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New defects after buyer removes inspection contingency

The buyer has removed all his contingencies and so he doesn't have any way to back out without losing his earnest deposit money. Unfortunately, I later found out that there are some defects such as a ...
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Is it legal to copy website design?

Is it legal to copy a website design? I'm a developer not a designer, and I found a very cool website. I made an exact replica of the website every shape, navigation is in the same place that the ...
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Does reciting of Pledge of Allegiance in public schools voilate the 1st Amendment?

The Pledge of Allegiance is commonly recited in public (and most private) schools in the USA. Does the current practice of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools violate the 1st ...
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What kind of documents can be eSigned?

What kind of documents are eSign legal in the US, specifically Oregon? This grows out of Are Digital Signatures legally valid? Do keys need to be published? where @Nbice369 asked this in an answer.
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Rudy Giuliani sued, why ask for $1.3b?

Rudy Giuliani has been sued. The plaintiffs are asking for S1.3 billion in compensation. He doesn't have anything like that much money. His net worth is estimated to be $45 million. Why are they ...
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Protection against late signature on a lease

Let's say Aaron (property owner) and Bob (prospective tenant) are considering entering into a lease. They reach preliminary agreement verbally, and so Aaron drafts a lease agreement, signs it, and ...
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Is in-browser crypto mining legal?

Can I get sued when using an opt-in (prompt the user to accept before starting the miner) crypto miner like coinhive or mineralt on my website in the US/EU?
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What if the President defies Congress and the courts?

So it is now a matter of public record that the President plans to defy all House subpoenas. Do I correctly understand that Federal employees, notably including the Armed Forces, pledge their duty ...
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Can I be sued if if the law says I am not liable?

A recent answer had this law quote shall not be liable for damages in any action brought in a Federal or State court and this explanation they cannot be sued over their actions I posted a ...
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If a law abolishes a crime, can the law pardon people previously convicted of that crime?

For example, could a law that legalizes a drug retroactively free people previously convicted on charges for that drug so long as they didn't break any other laws? I know laws can't retroactively ...
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Are Police legally allowed to confiscate a Camera and Phone over "suspicious activity"?

A photographer is recording from a public sidewalk when he is confronted by Police. He refused to give his information because he had committed no crime. The Police then tried to claim that he was ...
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US states and legal tender (money)

I was of the understanding that all governmental bodies inside the US were required to accept all forms of legal tender. In other words, if you owed a $1,000 fine to the federal, state, or local ...
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In reference to a citizen's complaint of official misconduct, in what rule is "proximity" to the crime specified?

This is a followup to No probable cause found in NJ for citizen complaint of official misconduct by chairman of Port Authority. Judge ruled complainant has no standing I forget the exact terminology, ...
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Legal status of units of electric measure in the U.S

From 1894 until 2006, the United States Code had a section that defined the units of electrical measure (i.e. the volt, the ampere, etc.; see the Appendix for details). These sections were repealed in ...
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Does anyone know if this counts as assault?

I saw this YouTube video where a reporter tries to follow a man into his business. The man punches the reporter in the face. Does anyone know if this was ever taken to court? If not, would it likely ...
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Can a child have a different last name from both their father and mother?

In the US, you can change your last name as you could with your first name. So imagine as a father, you changed your last name from the one your family gives to you. Can you choose your child to use ...
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In a Title IX investigation, does the Coordinator have an obligation to email me questions regarding the investigation?

I have hired a lawyer because my exboyfriend said I'm stalking him after I filed a sexual assault case against him. My sexual assault case was closed, but the Title IX coordinator is asking me about ...
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What is the legal structure of online "TOS"?

TOS, also known as "terms of service" or "terms of use", is an agreement entered into by a user, usually before the user is allowed to use the company's product but is it an agreement(contract), or ...
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What's the shortest amount of time can someone wait on death row before execution?

I am a writer where in my spy-novel, a character faces execution in the US, most likely by Lethal Injection, however, there are people in the government that want to speed the date of execution up ...
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Copyright infringement on contents posted by website users

Someone has a website like YouTube, so registered users can post any videos. A user posted a video that is a copyright infringement. Can the copyright owner sue the website owner for this? I have read ...
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What if any law is broken if Person B hugs Person A against A's expressed wishes?

Here is a recent post about person A in the US who doesn't want to be hugged, yet keeps getting hugged despite voicing that the hugs are unwanted: https://interpersonal.stackexchange.com/questions/...
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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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Copyright and Encrypted Backups

A person's computer stores a variety of copyrighted files which they have a license to use and store (such as video games, operating system files, and purchased or freely available media). However, ...
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Do private contracts supersede local/state/federal laws?

Using the classic example, "promise your first born child". Let's say I entered into a contract with another party (individual or group) and the contract states that I offer a service or product in ...
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When is a trial considered to have happened vis-a-vis double jeopardy?

When is a trial considered to have happened vis-a-vis double jeopardy? In other words, at one point is a person considered to be tried for an offense and cannot be tried again? At the arraignment or ...
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Could a school legally prevent two children from talking during the pledge of allegence?

It's already been settled that schools can not legally require a child to recite the pledge of allegiance in the United States of America, in fact they can't even require a child to stand up for it, ...
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Can an employer force an employee to donate to a charity?

Can an employer force an employee to donate to a charity and is it legal that they know how much an employee contributes? This is in the U.S. with a large global corporation.
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Does the source of DNA have a bearing on the legality of a search?

If you give your DNA to one of those Geanology sites could law enforcement try and subpoena that DNA to use against you if they don't have probable cause for a warrant for your DNA or would the issue ...
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How well can characters be protected?

There are lots of attributes that are better covered by either a copyright or trademark, but suppose there is a business that makes movies, short films or games or comics uses and "Darth Vader" in ...
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How did judicial review in the United States develop out of prerogative writs?

In this video, at 58:15 Justice Scalia says that the judicial review concept in the United States developed out of the prerogative writs: mandamus and injunction. What does he mean by that? How did ...
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Are US appeals court decisions binding on nonparties to a case?

To what extent do the decisions of appellate courts in the US (both Federal and State), and particularly decisions of the US Supreme Court, bind those who were not parties to the case? And to what ...
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What is US Citizenship status of two persons born to a US mother outside the US before 2017?

I have two children both born in the UK before 11th June 2017. I, their father, am a British citizen, their mother was a US citizen and we were not married. Between the birth of the first child and ...
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Is an employee of a company personally liable if they violate the law on behalf of the company?

In essentially any interaction between customers and businesses, there are people on the business end who are communicating with customers on the business's behalf. This might mean customer service ...
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When I have the right to use/copy/publish/distribute/etc. content, does this also imply the right to license the content?

I have a website (hosted in the US) where users can publish their content. Per my terms of service, the users license their content to me so that I have the right to use, copy, cache, publish, ...
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Would the government have to prove that the information was unintelligible for them to use the “Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016”?

The U.S. congress has a draft for a bill that would require companies to fetch information from a device when requested by a court. A consequence of this is that many types of security technology ...
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Where can a sample of a recorder warning tone compliant with Federal Standard 1037C Telecommunications: Glossary of Telecommunication Terms?

In California, audio recording without express notice or consent of recording of a confidential conversation generally can only be carried out if an recorder warning beep-tone is audible for each ...
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Open source rocket development

Is it possible to collaborate openly (publicly) world-wide with others to develop a suborbital/orbital capable rocket/launcher and to publish the resulting know-how (both software and hardware)? There ...
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Could the US government force a VPN provider to start logging?

Lets say that the US Government had a subpoena to get logs of user activity. However, assuming the VPN provider was not previously logging, could the government ask the provider to start logging, in ...
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what is controlling law

What if a plaintiff says that the defendant acted under a statute law and the defendant claims he acted under case law? How can people on the street later claim that their acts where founded on case ...
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Why and when did New York State decide to run grand jury investigations differently from US federal grand jury investigations? Other differences?

CNN's May 27, 2021 video 'Frustrated and concerned': Haberman reveals Trump's view of NY probe includes a short interview with "New York Law School professor and former Manhattan assistant ...
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Who is responsible for ensuring that 18+ content is not shown to minors: the site or the user?

Websites generally want to prevent minors from viewing 18+ content, but if a minor does access the content, is the minor legally responsible or is the website legally responsible, and what are the ...
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Does the 2013 HIPAA Omnibus apply to employees of subcontractors?

From the 2013 HIPAA Omnibus: that a business associate includes a “subcontractor that creates, receives, maintains, or transmits protected health information on behalf of the business associate.” .....
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Under what circumstances do civil cases go before juries in the U.S.?

In a criminal case, per Rule 23, either party may demand a jury trial (and the defendant usually does). A civil case, however, is often decided by a "bench" (judge) trial. Under what circumstances ...
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Any lawful reason preventing a tenant claiming squatters' rights at the end of their tenancy agreement with the ultimate aim of adverse possession?

Prompted by this question. As per the title: is there any lawful reason preventing a former tenant from playing the long-game to obtain adverse possession via squatters' rights?
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