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Legality of battle advice to non American military

Is it legal to directly advise or become advisor to a military in a war in which America is neutral? Would the act itself be punishable by loss of citizenship?
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Does labeling a parking space as "Compact" have any legal significance?

I have an assigned parking space, which is labeled "Compact." There is another parking space immediately to the right of mine, which is also labeled "Compact." I have a compact car,...
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In the USA, is it still legal to create a website to connect sex providers with clients?

A few years ago I believe this was outlawed? Can anyone confirm?
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What is the authoritative version of the Constitution?

Is there a single authoritative copy of the Constitution, i.e. if it contradicted every other copy, it would prevail in a court? For the original articles, the original copy would be the obvious ...
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Getting guardianship over a parent

It is my understanding that just because an older person does things that are not wise, does not give the right of an adult child to impose guardianship on them. It is my understanding that if they ...
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Can a victim of theft retroactively give the stolen item to the thief?

If Joe steals Alice's widget, but Alice for some reason doesn't want Joe to be convicted and is okay with him having her widget, can she retroactively give him permission? Does this prevent him from ...
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Law about adult video websites retaining actors' PII

Pretend there is a British person in the United Kingdom (England & Wales jurisdiction), that for some legally justifiable reason needs to obtain the name (and other information) of a female adult ...
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Is it legal to remove chalk drawings on public property?

Politically neutral version Political group A chalked messages on public property. (Assume this is legal.) Group B, who disagree with A, deface A's message by rinsing it with water (making it ...
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Can you still be sued for copyright infringement if you comply with a cease and desist notice?

Can a copyright holder sue an infringer without first sending a cease and desist notice? If they do send a notice and the infringer complies, can they still sue?
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Child with a different last name from the biological father

The Mother M and the father F conceive a child C. F leaves M and leaves the country before the birth of C. Subsequently, M marries a different person, H. A paternity test shows that F is the ...
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What consequences, if any, can arise from potentially overusing credit card transaction dispute processes?

In the UK, there is a facility enshrined in section 75 of the consumer credit act for consumers to raise disputes of credit card transactions which did not rise to their satisfaction. I recently spoke ...
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In the US, what can't you do as a law student if you haven't passed the bar or finished your law degree?

What can law students (or a lay person) not do, if they haven't passed the state bar/bar exam or finished a law degree? Is the bar exam like a certification program in engineering? Or is there more to ...
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if employer is willing to settle prior to litigation in federal court

I would like to ask this question related to employer wrongful termination of the employee as a result of retaliation for employee protected activity at work. Would you give up OSHA claims if employer ...
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How can Magnus Carlsen (from Norway) be sued for defamation by Hans Niemann in Missouri?

Hans Niemann is suing multiple people for defamation (full complaint): Among the defendants, Norwegian Magnus Carlsen is listed. I don't get how this is possible: they're two separate countries with ...
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Does the https://patentcenter.uspto.gov/applications/ give the correct data to calculate the "patent term adjustment" days?

A google search reveals that USPTO might mis-calculate the patent term adjustment days. Do their website they have the right data to allow someone to calculate the patent term-adjustment days or is ...
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What is the legality of the use of non-commercial-use-only software as a tool in a company?

I'm doing some experimentation with machine learning, for purely educational/scientific purposes, and one of the concerns that came up, is: If I use training materials (images and other data) ...
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What rights would a healthy individual have if she ate spoiled food sold by a supermarket?

Suppose that an individual ate some spoiled food but she has no obvious symptoms due to her own healthiness and well-being. Suing the supermarket for medical bills is unrealistic; at the same time, ...
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Can a wiki for a video game be created without authorization from the game creator?

Consider someone wants to create a wiki (user-editable community site) for Heroes of the Storm. The creator of a wiki site is not necessarily the author of any substantive content on the site, but ...
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Has any law failed a test of rational basis?

Has any federal or state law ever been struck down because it had no rational basis, in a case where that was the standard for constitutionality?
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How does community service work?

When a person is convicted of a crime and required to perform community service, what exactly is involved?
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What is the "preamble" to a ballot measure called?

Oregon ballot measures have this basic format (this particular one is an initiative for a constitutional amendment, but referendums [referenda?] are similar, as are measures for regular legislation): ...
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What does Oregon ballot measure 112 actually do?

Section 31, Article 4 of the Oregon constitution says: There shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude in the State, otherwise than as a punishment for crime, whereof the party shall have ...
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Do police need to present warrant prior to seizure?

In the United States, suppose a warrant was required for a seizure and the police properly obtained one. Do the law enforcement officials who execute the warrant need to present that warrant prior to ...
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Can voting on Stack Exchange be unlicensed practice of law?

Suppose I want to ask for specific legal advice, and can format it as a yes/no question. Also assume that the no-RSLA policy of Law SE is not enforced, only actual laws on unlicensed practice of law. ...
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Can a client share legal advice from a lawyer?

Alice, Bob, and Chris have a conversation about doing XYZ, and the question of legality comes up --- none of them know whether or not XYZing is legal. Alice hires a lawyer and asks him; he says yes, ...
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What exactly is DRM circumvention, as opposed to legitimate use? [closed]

Zbfg crbcyr qb abg jnag gb jngpu, ernq, be urne zrqvn va vgf rapelcgrq sbez. © 2022 Someone. All rights reserved. I hereby revoke any license, express or implied, that I may have granted for any use ...
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What responsibility does a museum have to a protestor who glues themself to the wall

Can the museum leave the protestor glued there and leave for the night? Edit: it appears that 4 days after I posted this questions, a Porsche showroom locked the protestors inside after turning off ...
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Would it be legal to publish a program to factor large semiprime numbers?

If I somehow figured out a way to factor large semiprime numbers in a reasonable amount of time (don't worry, I haven't; this is hypothetical), would it be legal to publish the code? This could be ...
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Is it really legal in the US to distribute photos of an underage teen girl displaying her breasts in an intentionally sexualized manner?

This is a belated follow-up to an old question about rather non sexual pictures of a child who happened to be topless would constitute child porn. The answer to that question basically said that the ...
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Will reusing the hero attribute and faction names from another game cause the new game to become a derivative work?

In DotA 1, the heroes are organized into three attributes: Strength, Agility and Intelligence and 2 factions: Sentinel and Scourge. Will reusing all of these names mentioned will cause a new game to ...
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What is a police car?

Is a police department allowed to duct tape lights and a siren to a private vehicle and start using it as a police cruiser? If the only law in question is whether one is "impersonating an officer,...
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Are business expenses put into escrow by a freelance marketplace deductible before they are released from escrow?

Say that a U.S. person is a sole proprietor, and pays a contractor to do some work to support his business. This would normally count as a business expense, deductible on the U.S. person's taxes. But ...
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Can A Sweepstakes Promotion Not Have A Winner?

There is already a similar question on this platform and it covers "Running any game of chance with no intent of showing or awarding winner has legal consequences called fraud, at very least. It'...
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Why must I consent to treatment at the eye doctor when implied consent is obvious?

Whenever I get a checkup with my eye doctor, they have me sign a consent-to-treat form. I never gave it a second thought. This last visit, though, the front desk attendant was distracted when I ...
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What sentences could be imposed on a terrorist (caught alive)?

If a terrorist is caught alive, what sentence would the United States Supreme Court impose? What about the highest court in the Russian Federation? Is it death by hanging, life imprisonment, or ...
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How do USA nationals pay taxes on illegal income without self incriminating themselves? [duplicate]

I am not an American but this has always baffled me. From what I understand, American government is not allowed to compel someone to self incriminate themselves. However, IRS wants people to report ...
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Can an attorney give legal advice on a federal issue to an out-of-state client?

Can a lawyer in one state give advice to a client in another state if only federal law is relevant?
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What are lawyers who work with FCC regulations called?

I have a question about FCC regulations, and would like an answer from a lawyer. How would I find a lawyer familiar with this topic?
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If you build around 75% of a house on a neighboring lot, who has permission to live in that house?

I'm sure that long ago I read something about a building built where a percentage of that building was on the footprint of a neighboring lot, but I'm struggling to find information about the topic. ...
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Computer Fraud and Abuse Act equivalent for citizens

What equivalent do ordinary US citizens have in terms of digital protectionss, as the US government and its financial interests have as defined in the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act?
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Remote US Contract Jobs under someone else's profile

If a person outside the US impersonates someone in US (with their consent), uses their profile to interview and land a remote contract (1099) job what could be the legal repercussions in this case for ...
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It is illegal to make a "demake" of a video game?

Let's say about a "demake" of Artifact (Valve's card game). The new game would be a "generic" Artifact that doesn't use the lore, characters, and other protected things, but uses ...
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Is it legal to upload encrypted copyrighted content to the Internet?

Say I own a digital copy of a copyrighted movie. Is it legal for me to encrypt it with say, AES, and share it to the Internet so anyone could download the encrypted copy? It actually breaks down to ...
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selling a Thomas Kinkade puzzle on eBay: can I legally photograph the puzzle?

Let's say I bought and put together a 1,000 piece Thomas Kinkade puzzle and that I wanted to now sell it on eBay. All of his paintings are copyrighted so if it seems like I could be risking violating ...
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How much names can be reused from another work?

Apparently using only 1-2 names from another work would not be sufficient to cause a work to become derivative, but is there a maximum limit of how many names can be reused?
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How to find a US lawyer for consultation in the open-source + banking + blockchain space?

Considering writing open-source software in the banking/cryptocurrency space (in the USA). Want to do it properly, and have a few questions for how to navigate the space. What's the type of lawyer I ...
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What are the laws surrounding videos discussing a news article?

Often I'll see a YouTuber discuss a news article on MarketWatch or CNBC. He'll show quotes from the article, lay out the gist of it, and then agree or disagree with it giving his own opinion. What are ...
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Failing to return hired goods: criminal offence or civil matter?

Meet Bob. Bob hired a TfL/Santander bicycle for £1.65/30minutes and lost it. Bob has presumably committed a breach of contract, but has he committed a criminal offence? Now meet Alice. Alice hired a ...
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Is it my house or fence line that's considered adjacent residence for a minimum distance to a rooster pen?

Is there anything I can do about my neighbor that has a rooster that is annoying and wakes me up before dawn everyday? My neighbor has a rooster in a chicken pen that's located about 15 feet from the ...
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Options for challenging a pattern of aggressive city parking enforcement

The situation, slightly simplified A grumpy old man lives on a street in front of a school. He does not like school traffic in the mornings and afternoons. This man sits on the city council. He ...
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