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Is it copyright infringement to take pictures of textbooks for personal use?

To save on textbooks in college, I intend to borrow someone else's and take pictures of the pages, and then read the pictures. However I do not intend to at any point publish the pictures, and would ...
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Can a state make a law that deputizes individuals to sue individuals in other states?

I've read briefly about the recently in-effect Texas anti-abortion law, and I'm perplexed at how it supposedly is difficult to challenge in court. If I understood correctly, it deputizes private Texan ...
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Can a delayed-formation of a condo association enable required back-pay of fees?

John owns a condo unit in Philadelphia, PA. This unit is part of a single building, which houses 3 total units. John owns A, Janet owns B, and Chris owns C. John and Janet both bought their units from ...
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Helicopter landing rights on private land

Can I land a helicopter on my property in Palm Beach County? The property is 6 acres along the Loxahatchee River in Unincorporated Jupiter / Palm Beach County. What is the pertinent FAA or County Code?...
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US: Is there any subject that it is unlawful to teach in schools?

In the US, are there any laws that restrict certain subjects or topics, or parts thereof, from being taught in schools?
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At what salary do I need to withhold taxes?

My wife and I recently hired a full-time nanny to watch our infant daughter. She works 42.5 hours per week. We're discussing what we should do when COVID finally wanes and we feel more comfortable ...
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Are US courts less likely to enforce the repayment of a loan if it is (ceteris paribus) without interest?

Apparently, in common law, a loan given without an interest being specified/demanded is at procedural disadvantage, in that a court may not recognize it as a contract, the plaintiff having to rely on ...
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Can the state/county post No Trespassing signs for private property?

There's a county park with some hiking trails near our house that my wife and I like to walk through in the mornings. We walk along the public road to get to the park, hike the trails, and return home ...
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Legal response to vaccination misinformation?

With Dominion's defamation suit against Lindell et al, I got to thinking that companies making vaccines should have similar standing to sue prominent disseminators of vaccine misinformation. They can ...
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"Outrageous conduct"?

Is there a cause of action for "Outrageous conduct" that does not depend on the vulnerability to the emotional distress of an individual but might be properly applied to a public official (...
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How has pre-emptive taxation been defended? [closed]

How is the government taxing you on money you are yet to make nothing else than an interest free short-term loan you are forced to give them. You only get the chance at a return at the end of the year ...
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Ashli Babbitt: manslaughter vs. deprivation of rights under color of law

Note if you wish to discuss the following questions, rather than make a constructive criticism of the question or answer, I've setup this stack exchange chatroom for discussions. If you have an ...
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Shared restrooms between students and staff

Is an elementary school that does not have a dedicated restroom for (adult) staff putting itself at an elevated legal risk? In the current situation, with no dedicated restroom for adults, adults ...
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Are cheater plugs illegal in the USA?

I just recently moved into an older house with many two-prong outlets. I have a cheater plug available, which I could use to convert a two-prong outlet to a three-prong one, and intended to get more ...
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How are police powers subject to separation of powers?

I recognized that finding a precise definition of police powers is a bit challenging. But, would it be reasonable to say that police powers are those powers of government reserved to the States by the ...
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What happens if someone takes something they believe is being given away?

Suppose, for example, that Person A drops a valuable ring and a sticky note that happens to say, “Free” on their driveway. Person B walks by, sees the ring, and takes it without notifying Person A. ...
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Can an order from physical store be cancelled if delivery date keeps being pushed back several months after first delivery date? [duplicate]

I ordered a GE range at a physical store in my hometown on March 1st 2021 with scheduled delivery date in April. Since then the delivery has been pushed back 3 times with a vague promise in June for ...
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Can I send pictures with copyright to my friends with no commercial purposes without breaking the law?

I have a question about copyright. Let's imagine a situation in which I am messaging with my friends. I need to send to my first friend a picture of someone of celebrity. I need to send to my second ...
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The Right to be Forgotten: can it be used to hide past public (news) information?

In the EU there is a "Right to be forgotten" This was created by Directive 95/46/EC in 2012 as a right to insist that search engines not link to personal data, and subsumed into tech "...
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Can a person defend himself after breaking into a home?

Can a person defend himself after breaking into a home? Can a home invader stab a person as self-defense after breaking into that person's home, or can a home invader action can never be construed as ...
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Drive/move out of California with temporary operating permit

Is it legal to drive a car from California to Texas (passing through Arizona and New Mexico) that is registered in California and has a valid California DMV-issued temporary operating permit? Further, ...
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What does it mean that a trial in a US court is "Public"?

This question is based on this answer to Constitutionality of outlawing recording of court proceedings in the United States and relates comments. The Sixth Amendment to the US Constitution provides, ...
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Would this seizure be lawful?

If a search is deemed unlawful due to lack of probable cause does that invalidate all evidence against you obtained through that search or just the evidence specific to the case? Say, for instance, ...
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Is showing college material illegal?

My question is the title, the rest is just an explanation. I'm a student at Penn State University in the US. Is it illegal for me to show course material to a public audience like on my YouTube ...
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Can a state suspend my license and not tell me about it?

A Iowa-registered driver was on the highway in Indiana, US, going 26 mph over the speed limit. The driver was pulled over and was fined. The driver went and payed the fine in person and resolved the ...
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Why Should Anyone Form Official Club Organizations Anymore?

With the rise of Facebook, and the "Groups" it enables it's users to create and join, I worry that the traditional club is now obsolete. A friend of mine formed a local car "group" ...
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Are firm's vendors liable in case the firm deliberately and openly shuns GDPR compliance?

This is hypothetical and it's only meant to ask about the extent of the law, not ask for a particular legal advice. Let's say a US merchant's website uses exclusively regional US banks. Because they ...
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Can police arrest you to later fish for probable cause?

Do police need to have established probable cause before they arrest you, or can your actions later validate the lack of probable cause that they had when they arrested you? I suspect this may just be ...
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Is it legal to make a film that denies the Holocaust in the U.S.?

There's a law in Portugal that makes Holocaust denial illegal. Article 240 section b states the following: b) defames or slanders an individual or group of individuals because of race, colour, ethnic ...
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Do U.S. courts have to select a jury that's racially representative?

Do U.S. courts have to select a jury that's racially representative? I am wondering if there's a legal obligation of that sort nationwide, or if it varies by state, or if no such consideration needs ...
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Do hotels in California have an obligation to disclose prior report of bed bug presence?

I wonder whether hotels in California have a legal obligation to disclose prior reports of bed bug presence, if a potential customer enquires about it.
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Problem with neighbors [closed]

I have serious problems with my neighbors. They think it’s okay to harass me when they feel like it, and they get off on it. I need a way to get rid of them, or somehow turn the tables. I’ve thought ...
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Tiki torch along property line

If I have a tiki torch placed vertically on my property next to the pole there on my neighbor's property, and it catches fire, am I legally responsible?
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Is there a law limiting how political parties what they can do with superdelegates?

The Constitution says nothing about the presidential nominating process and has had little direct role in the evolution of that process from congressional caucuses to party national conventions to ...
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How can a business challenge a law or town ordinance without breaking it?

In many cases towns and cities have unconstitutional laws on their books. For example, recently the Supreme Court ruled that blanket give-all-records-to-police hotel ordinances were unconstitutional. ...
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Where to find the laws regarding women's right to know before abortion in US?

What is known as ‘women’s right to know’ laws, are laws concerning the information that a woman must be exposed to if she is considering an abortion. These laws mandate, for example, that a woman must ...
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Are donations to a 501(c)(3) made by one of its board member deductible from his income tax?

Assume Mr. Jones is the founding member and sole director of a 501(c)(3) organization. Further assume that he is employed by the ACME corp. Each year, Mr. Jones donates $50,000 of his personal ...
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Is there a legal standard for the dimensions on a mailbox flag?

I am specifically referring to the red flag on many curbside mailboxes, generally made out of plastic, which is toggled when mail is delivered. I'm quite certain, regardless, that any recognizable ...
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Murdering somebody somebody in part because you do not like his religious beliefs

Image that person X does not like people who practice a certain religion. He knows that his co-worker, person Y, practices that religion. Person X believes that it is always wrong to kill (including ...
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Constitutionality of outlawing recording of court proceedings in the United States

In the United States courts seem to be supposed to be public proceedings. For example, if a criminal trial is going on, I believe in most cases I cannot be prevented from entering that room and ...
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Would a U.S. President's Executive Orders be nullified if he/she is removed from office via the 25th Amendment?

I am curious to know if the Executive Orders of a U.S. President would be nullified if he/she is removed from the Office of the Presidency via the 25th Amendment, especially if it is proven that he/...
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The Right to Vote

In the past, at least in certain parts of the country, you had to own property to vote. I am thinking that was and still is constitutional. Would a law that says that if you do not pay Federal income ...
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If a President voluntarily quits after the first month of his second office, can he run again as President in the United States?

If a President voluntarily quits after the first month of his second office, can he run again as President in the United States? The limit is a 7 year office, but if you leave in your second term ...
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Providing an I-134 for a Diversity Lottery Winner

If a US citizen or a US legal Permanent Resident is providing a US diversity visa lottery winner an I-134, could that person, in the future, provide another I-134 for a different person who's trying ...
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If someone stops a potential murder by subduing a gunman, what would be the possible consequences?

I'm writing a story and I wanted some accuracy on this matter, specifically for the consequences on the person to whom this would happen. Imagine an off-duty security guard, while walking home, finds ...
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Is filing a legal document more than once a bad or a good idea?

I will be filing a bankruptcy petition in the united states pro se. I have instructions for filing electronically via PACER, which indicate forms do not need to be signed as the user account used to ...
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Does your will cover money held outside of the country?

Does your will cover money held outside of the country? Let's say you are American, you die and you wrote a will in the United States, but you don't have wills outside of the American jurisdiction, ...
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Can my landlord install a device to record when I access my apartment?

The question Can my landlord require me to agree to third-party terms of service if they install a smart lock on my door during my lease? led me to read the newspaper article Hell's Kitchen Landlord ...
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Is it legal to lie about an illegal requirement?

As an example, its not legal to discriminate against a person of a certain race while renting out your house. So lets say an Asian person sees a house rented out with a "no Asians" condition....
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Does the U.S. Constitution place any limitations on how long a U.S. President can be on vacation?

I am curious to know if the U.S. Constitution places any limitations on how long a U.S. President can be on vacation.