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Who owns the right to the code generated by GitHub Copilot?

This question was somewhat inspired by this Meta SO question I found this other question... but that is more general. When someone uses GitHub Copilot does the person that is using the tool own the ...
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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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Intellectual property with art

My friend and I were working on a game called Learnloot. My friend made art, writing, and other designs for the game, although at the time she didn't tell me where the designs originated from so I ...
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How to notify Facebook of no consent to their use of my information?

I do not have a Facebook account (and never had one under any alias). I'd like to notify Facebook that I do not consent to their storing / displaying any information related to me (images of me, name ...
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Is Heather Mack classified as a Convicted Felon?

Convicted Felons have many rights abridged. Heather Mack was jailed and presumably convicted in Indonesia of murdering her mother. https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/us-woman-bali-suitcase-murder-...
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What are the limits of free speech when referring to a person in the US?

I am not very clear on limits of free speech in the U.S. The question is, can it, and in which cases, be considered illegal to call a person by any other name, but their actual name or pronoun? For ...
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Impleaded by plaintiff

I'm currently a 1L and asked my civ pro professor, but have yet to get a response. Under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 14(a)(2)(C,D), an impleaded party may assert claims against the plaintiff. ...
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Am I allowed to remove the watermark of an image applied by a third party not owning the original? [duplicate]

Many widget sellers all have images and diagrams for third parties to use at will. One company aggregates these widgets and sells them on their website and uses the source companies' images and ...
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H-1B visa approved with incorrect Occupation/Job code

Suppose that a person A is on an H-1B visa in USA working as a Software Engineer in California. A accepted a new offer and the company lawyers applied for an H-1B petition. It got approved. When A ...
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Can a single person hold multiple judicial commissions?

Suppose that the President of the United States nominated a candidate to two different judicial positions (say a district court judge as well as a circuit court judge) and also the Senate confirmed ...
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Is it legal for either a public or private workplace to require a flu vaccine (in the US)?

Note - Disregard medical workers, direct medical workers or similar jobs. Not looking to debate that some industries may have needs. I see that many workplaces and universities are mandating COVID ...
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What are the legally allowable "complaints" under the following facts?

My questions arise from the fact that statutory rape is a "strict liability" crime. This could lead to a paradoxical result like the following: An underaged individual forces a much* older ...
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Can a landlord ask tenants if s/he can stop paying for an unused, not in lease, security system?

Not sure if this is more of an etiquette or a legal question but... Suppose that a landlord advertised a rental property in 2020 and mentioned in the ads that it was secured by an ADT security system. ...
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How to claim inheritance if both the deceased and beneficiary are not US residents?

If both the deceased and beneficiary are not US resident, what is the procedure of claiming inheritance(the deceased has possibly held brokerage account in US)?
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US equivalent of "no case to answer" before trial

At least in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, criminal defence can make a "no case to answer" application before trial (they can also make one at the close of the prosecution's case during ...
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Are credit card issuers required to maintain statement receipt records?

Under Appendix E of 12 C.F.R. § 1022.42(b), the policies and procedures of a furnisher of information to credit reporting agencies (e.g. a credit card issuer) must be reasonably designed to ensure ...
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What is a municipal court?

I am studying for a Master's in Legal Translation. (I am French) I need to understand what a "municipal court" is. Is it like our "Tribunal de Police" for speeding on the road, ...
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How far does a boycott need to go before it's considered illegal?

The story here is as follows: The /tg/-goers among us may know it better, but several months ago, a small outfit called Postmortem Studios released a card game called "Gamergate: the Card Game.&...
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What does it mean to structure a tax law as an excise tax in Washington state?

I read on https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/lawsuit-against-washingtons-new-capital-gains-tax-can-move-forward-judge-rules/ Democratic lawmakers have said they structured the new law ...
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Can a parent company be forced to pay for the liabilities of a spin off company in the U.S.?

https://www.npr.org/2021/10/21/1047828535/baby-powder-cancer-johnson-johnson-bankruptcy The health products giant used a quirk of Texas state law to spin off a new company called LTL, then dumped all ...
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Is it a fraud if someone changes the mileage of the car, then sell it and write this mileage into the title?

Suppose someone buys a used car with the odometer showing 130k miles, and the seller enters this number on the title.  By the look of the condition of pedals, seat shapes, etc this mileage seems true. ...
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Why is the US Constitution so open to interpretation compared to constitutions of European countries?

Why is the US Constitution so open to interpretation compared to constitutions of European countries? Supreme Court justices are de-facto unelected policymakers in the US, whereas in western European ...
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Can you demand payment on a documented personal loan with no due date?

I loaned my sister $5000. She signed a note that says "I owe you $5,000 to be paid back sometime" She lives in Oregon I would like to enforce this now and get repaid soon. I could wait ...
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Would it be unconstitutional to store a picture of everyone before they vote?

Voter ID laws are currently a subject of great controversy in the US. One side claims that they are an attempt to raise the cost of voting, and by so doing suppress certain demographics' votes. The ...
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When bounties are offered for information leading to a conviction, how is it decided who gets it?

Inspired by this article, how exactly is it determined who gets the bounty? Surely the police get many tips, do all informants get paid? Is the bounty split or do they all get the full amount? If ...
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When an American citizen dies in Mexico without a will, which countries' probate law applies?

When an adult American citizen dies while vacationing in Mexico with no will but assets in both Mexico and the US, which countries' probate law applies?
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is it illegal to falsely use an unrelated act to block/ban things?

My school blocks many random things (like duckduckgo and drifthunters) swearing that they did it because of the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), but that only really says to ban obsene ...
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Which choice-of-law provision applies when there are multiple legal agreements?

A consumer residing in North Carolina opens a credit card account with a national bank, "signing" three separate agreements: (1) a cardmember agreement, (2) an online service agreement, (3) ...
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What is the legal basis, if any, for the idea that sellers are responsible for lost packages?

I recently had a package misdelivered/lost by USPS, and the small e-commerce retailer I purchased from refused to refund or replace, pointing to their “refund policy” which does include a line saying ...
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Is a spouse financially responsible for another spouse after a divorce, even after the removal of Green Card conditional status?

I’m a U.S. citizen, and my spouse came on a K1 visa. We married on June 1, 2020. Then my spouse got a Conditional Green Card in December 2020. We divorced in August 2021. Obviously I’m not going to ...
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Must bystanders do anything if they witness an ongoing rape in the Pennsylvania, United States?

I read on https://www.cbsnews.com/news/philadephia-septa-train-rain-bystanders-shouldve-intervented-police-say/: A woman was allegedly raped on a suburban Philadelphia train last week while police ...
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Indirect misdeanor prosecution

Let us say person "A" has wilfully committed a misdemeanor, such as vandalism, and he testifies truthfully that person "B" caused him to commit the crime by suggesting it and ...
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Public Figures, Patents And Inventions

Is there any law or regulation that prevents or regulates the inventions made by public figures? Public figures are people with hobbies and maybe some dedicate their free time to research. Will they ...
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Is it legal to write a software license if I'm not a licensed attorney?

I was hoping to create my own open-source license since none of the existing ones seem to work for what I want. However, someone mentioned to me that in the USA it's illegal to practice law without a ...
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Can the US Congress or Executive unilaterally change interstate compacts after they're established?

There are some notable compacts such as the Great Lakes compact, Atlantic Fisheries compact, etc… that seem to require a large amount of authority to enforce in practice. Theoretically it makes sense ...
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Does someone have liability for selling a vehicle that later fails and causes an accident?

Suppose Alice wants to sell a 20 year old car with some structural issue that she knows about. Alice discloses the issue, along with the disclaimer that she is not a mechanic and doesn't claim to know ...
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Is it legal to use a drone to photograph a power plant?

Assume the drone is launched from from outside the property of the plant and does not fly over the property boundary of the plant. Location is the United States. (If laws by state differ then focus on ...
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Do unionized employees give up the right to represent themselves in cases of contract violations?

I do understand that a union contract may specify that a unionized employee must go through a union representative in cases of contractual disputes. But I am wondering if there is anything in the law ...
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Can a church-run university terminate employees because of their religion?

There are a number of churches in the United States that operate universities, and I understand that these universities are legally permitted to give preference to members of the church when hiring ...
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Everything which is not forbidden is allowed

I've read that "Everything which is not forbidden is allowed." I don't know if this is strictly true in the USA. I also saw in another question that the following Colorado law exists for ...
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An employer deducts for taxes but does not pay them to the IRS or social security, is employee liable?

Suppose that an employee A has a boss B (who is also the company owner) that deducts payroll taxes and then keeps the money and reinvests it into his company. A has complained to B about this. As a ...
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Did the constitution authorize other states besides the original 13 to join the union?

When reading the Constitution I came across this SECTION. 10. 1 No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of ...
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International shipping question

Suppose that a private individual (A) who is resident outside the US sends a prescription drug to USA (nothing narcotics or can be abused ) for someone who can't afford the current US prices. Suppose ...
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How short do my audio samples have to be to respect copyright?

The specific use case I'm interested in involves build a database of audio samples for a musical algorithm (e.g., detection of genre or mood) with the intention of later distribution of the database. ...
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Is there any case law that sets the minimum amount in controversy to the minimum amount permissible to settle in class actions? [closed]

There, of course, are such a compensatory-to-punitive damages ratio principle — even if merely in the form of fairly complex guideposts for e.g. the BMW guidepost, the just less-less-than-10x of ...
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Does gas stations have to file restriction order after being asked to leave?

Long story short I informed the owner of the gas station that (after many attempts) the manager would not pay me my winnings from a pull tab game at the station. The manager and I then had an exchange ...
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Are there any legal requirements or regulations for a private university to prohibit sexual relationships between faculty and students?

Hypothetically speaking, could a private university in the USA not prohibit consensual sexual relations between students and faculty because their policy did not include it or the wording in said ...
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Am I liable to pay new fees after a lease ends?

So I moved out of my old apartment recently. Unfortunately the move-in date for the new place was too close the move-out date so I had to leave some stuff behind. I couldn't clean it all up. On the ...
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Do undercover/plainclothed police (ever?) wear bodycams? Or be required to be on CCTV?

Is it another question or part of asking this, but are undercover/plainclothed police (ever?) required to be on CCTV? Some of these people are very talkative, verbal, expressive, often cursing/...
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How would the amount of "latitude" that is allowed a defense attorney be determined under the following?

This situation is seen most often on TV legal shows like Perry Mason and Matlock, but is seen from time to time in real life. The prosecution is trying to show that Y killed X. The usual means are to ...

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