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Legality of intentionally sending patches with security vulnerabilities to open source projects

Referring to no one and no incident in particular, imagine that some individuals, interested in performing a social/technical experiment, designed some changes to an open source project, knowing that ...
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Why do United States Reports take so long to be published?

As an English-trained lawyer, I am used to seeing a decision of the UK Supreme Court (or formerly, the House of Lords) published within roughly a year in Appeal Cases (AC) (and sooner in the Weekly ...
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If you happen to share the name of a very famous character, can you use it for your shop?

Assume that someone sharing the name of a famous character - just for a random Sample let's pick Leonard McCoy, James Kirk and Peter Parker - just happens to want to offer services under their name in ...
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What protections are available when reporting problems at nursing homes?

Betty is a resident at a nursing home, where her bills are paid in part by Medicare/Medicaid. Betty's daughter believes the nursing home is providing substandard care: failing to provide her mother ...
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Could a celebrity theoretically claim copyright on the arrangement of makeup/jewelry/clothing on their persons to sue paparazzi?

Just something I've wondered about for a while. Ownership of our likenesses seems to be fairly weak in the US, but photography of public art such as graffiti can be a copyright violation. Could a ...
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Publishing anti-forensic hard drive firmware

Forensic write-blockers, such as the TD3, sequentially copy data from one hard drive to a second drive ("cloning" the drive) while preventing the first hard drive from receiving any write ...
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Have the “alternate elelectors” committed a crime?

Trying to vote in an election without a legal right to do so is a crime. One person in the 2020 US Presidential election was caught trying to use his dead mother's vote, and now faces up to 19 years ...
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Pay voters for voting, or not, in NH

I'm aware of a relevant law discussed in a related thread, but the law is not clear to me still. It's not clear to me by the language of the law whether "consideration of his vote or the ...
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What happens if a “small estate” stops being small?

Let's say that a "small estate" (for example, in New York, under $50,000) is resolved through a Small Estate process. Letters of Administration are issued for a few small accounts. And then, ...
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Can an HOA control how a homeowner enters and exits their home?

Is it illegal for me to exit my bedroom via my first-floor bedroom window? Is this likely to be against common or standard HOA regulations or rules? Suppose that the house and land are owned by myself ...
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Can the officers of a 501(c)(7) take salaries?

According to CharityWatch the Boys and Girls Club of America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, whose CEO is salaried at over $800,000.00. So clearly, it is legal for the CEOs/officers of a 501(c)(...
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If a (US-based) website repeatedly allows users to post my copyrighted material what legal actions can I take?

I'm a university lecturer in Australia teaching mathematics. I produce question sheets for my students. It takes significant effort to produce high-quality questions. These question sheets are ...
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TikTok/WeChat bans and open source software

The executive orders dealing with TikTok and WeChat don't apply to just those particular pieces of software, but "any transaction by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the ...
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Is there a legal theory for criminally negligent pandemic damages?

Like most Americans, I am economically harmed by the current restrictions in place to cope with the SARS-nCov-2 pandemic. However, the variety of outcomes in different countries around the world show ...
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Is there any law limiting the extent to which one can grow brains in a lab in the United States? (e.g., max number of neurons, synapses, etc.)

Is there any law limiting the extent to which one can grow brains / brain organoids in a lab in the United States (e.g., max number of neurons, synapses, etc.)? E.g. to study brain diseases {1} or add ...
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Is it illegal to reference a known cartoon character in a drawing as an easter egg tribute?

Let's say I draw an image of a toy store with a lot of stuffed animals. On the shelf hidden away is a stuffed animal of Hobbes from Calvin and Hobbes as sort of an easter egg tribute. Would this be ...
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University preventing staff from taking trips with students?

My university recently put a staff member on leave of absence after the staffer took a weekend kayaking trip with several students, citing "unprofessional conduct". The staffer is a kayaking ...
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Has the selective draft been tested constitutionally and how has it been defended as being fair gender discrimination?

This question is related to this one. What is the history of the selective draft and how has it's constitutionality been tested and defended? It is not as if women cannot be drafted, it is the case ...
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LLC Registration - Ecommerce, All States Required?

As far as I can tell, for certain, in the USA, one must register an LLC in the state of operation. However, if you're an ecommerce site, you may be doing business in all states. I believe rules of ...
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Are banks in the US allow to publicly disclose the amount of the checks a bank customer is trying to cash in at the bank along with the customer name?

I read on https://abcnews.go.com/amp/US/black-man-sues-detroit-bank-alleging-racial-discrimination/story?id=68484056: Gordon said a confidentially clause in his settlement with his former employer, ...
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Is it illegal to refuse a man to enter a Women's Only Poker Tournament?

I read a story about men entering women's only poker tournaments. One example from the article states that eight men joined the field of over 1000 female poker players in the $1,000 buy-in 2009 WSOP ...
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In a civil infraction case, does the defendant have to turn over evidence to the prosecution beforehand?

Recently I heard about the proceedings of a parking ticket infraction in the state of Georgia which had me scratching my head. A person I know filed an appeal against a parking ticket because they ...
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Buying in-game currency but not receiving what you pay for with the in-game currency

I am in a somewhat debate with a friend regarding in-game currency. TLDR: I told him I could have a case if the game I bought in-game currency for would provide the in-game currency, but when I buy a ...
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Law In CA for driving with expired registration

Okay I can’t seem to find what I’m looking for. Everything comes up as expired tags when searching for expired registration. My tags are good through this month. I only have expired registration, I ...
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Why is it legal to look at pending stock orders for some participants

another question indicates that market participants can take a look at the orders for a stock, option or futures. An ordinary investor can only look at the BID and ASK, but not the entire series of ...
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Why are in-house counsels not allowed to defend a defendant?

In the last John Gotti trial, the prosecutors successfully argued Bruce Cutler was an in-house counselor for John Gotti. The result was Cutler was not allowed to defend John Gotti at trial. Why are ...
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Does US federal law prohibit the possession of an uncontrolled prescription drug without a prescription, and if so, according to which provision?

What specific provision in US federal law, if any, prohibits the possession of an uncontrolled prescription drug without a prescription? I've had a lot of trouble finding the answer to this question, ...
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In the US has anyone ever been prosecuted on the state/federal level after being pardoned on the other level?

As I understand it, assuming that an individual's actions violated both state and federal laws, there is nothing legally preventing a state for prosecuting an individual for the crime after the ...
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Evidentiary presumptions of gratuitous labor from family caregivers, varying by state?

Quoting from Claims Against an Estate for Care Rendered to a Decedent: Many states have an evidentiary rebuttable presumption that services rendered to a family member are gratuitous in nature, so ...
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What will a Judge do if a witness refers to an event previously stricken from the record? (USA)

Some context. Suppose the prosecutor enters into evidence body camera footage from a police officer. On the tape, the suspect makes a lewd remark, and another officer offers a witty comeback. The jury ...
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Can I use confidential information provided under an NDA for other work?

Let's say that ABC Inc provided me some confidential information (CI) for a potential contract that never went through. Now XYZ Inc has approached me and asked to work on this contract with them. ...
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To what extent has the legality of property taxes been tested in American courts?

In the United States, many State governments tax land property owners based on the value of the property. These taxes are assessed every year and must be paid or the state will seize your property and ...
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Why couldn't this character in 'Better Call Saul' be a paralegal or take a similar role?

In Season 3 of Better Call Saul, Could this character have helped that person with the legal paperwork in the same capacity as a paralegal -- filing documents, proofreading, etc. could? Or would the ...
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Why was the decision to make a non-traditional prosecutorial judgement unclear at the start of the 2017 Special Counsel Investigation?

Background One comment on this question about Robert Mueller's 2017 Special Counsel Investigation inquired about a specific aspect of the investigation. This aspect related to the prosecutorial ...
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Most cited contract law review article?

What is the most cited Legal review article about contract law on a federal level in the past ten years? "cited" in this sentence, refers to citations of the article in other published works (not ...
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Do lawyers have to prove their claim that they represent an entity?

I got a threatening letter from lawyer Y the other day. They claim they are representing company X. Since I wasn't sure, I wrote back, asking for documentation of their retention by company X. I also ...
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Is there a difference in “termination of employment” qualifying event trigger between group health insurance and 401(k)?

My job uses a Professional Employer Organization to handle payroll and benefits. This is a coemployment relationship, not temp/staffing, nor subcontract. The PEO is the issuer of my W-2 and listed ...
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(NC, USA) Employer promised in interview (and verified by email) that time off was paid. Now saying it isn't after I came back

This actually happened to my wife but she's under too much stress to deal with it and I'm not a citizen so I'm less sure what to do. Timeline: In October she did an interview, having already booked ...
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Is it legal to include verbatim exercises from a book in videos/on a blog?

I live in Florida, U.S. I recently purchased a math book that I really like, and I am thinking about making a video series or a blog where I would succcessively resolve the exercises from the book. ...
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Can a minor be “self-employed?”

I would like to sell web design services, but I don't know where to begin with the legal details. Is there anything that I have to look out for? Do I have to pay taxes? I am 17 years old.
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Partially Paid by US entity under B1/B2 Visa or Visa waiver. Is it legal?

My EU employer is an affiliate company of a US company. Whenever the EU company’s employees are required to travel to US (under B1/B2 visa or a Visa waiver program) for some meetings with some US ...
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Landlord Slow on Critical Repairs

I moved into an apartment in northern New Jersey about a month ago. The apartment building contains 3 total units, one on each floor. I live in the 2nd story unit which was renovated right before I ...
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Familial exemption for investment advisor representative

My parents have asked me to trade for them and they offered me a fraction of any profit. My plan is to set up a limited trade agreement and then manage the account's trades. Before doing so, I want ...
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Can a US non-profit manage a for-profit fund?

Is it possible to have a for-profit fund, taking on money from investors who expect to see returns, with fund management by a non-profit organization, where excess revenue from management fees would ...
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Tear gases/chemical weapons for civillian use?

I was wondering if civilians can legally carry and use a chemical weapon/tear gas in an event where you need to protect yourself. I have found that pepper spray is okay for self defence in the USA, ...
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What penalties can a court martial impose?

This question on Aviation SE asks whether pilots in the US have to hold a driver's license (they don't). In a comment the poster explained why they asked the question: The reason and details cannot ...
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Is there anything I can do legally when my daughter lets her boyfriend in our home without our permission?

My daughter is 16, and my wife and I just found she's been sneaking her boyfriend (who is 17) into our house while we're not home. His parents don't seem to be doing anything about it. Does this ...
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Can a local police officer (or local DA) charge someone with breaking a federal law?

Can a local police officer (or local DA) charge someone with breaking a federal law or can they only charge suspects with violating state laws?
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Is there always a legal way to make an open source product integrate against the will of a proprietary vendor?

This question is tightly related to other questions here. I'm asking for the USA. Rather than questioning a method of evasion, or predicating the question on any specific contract let's assume there ...
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Is the US federal executive allowed to misrepresent federal law?

The US Department of Homeland Security is misrepresenting federal law on its page of frequently asked questions about the biometric exit system that is currently being developed. In particular, they ...

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