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Freely accessible work on the Internet: publication or public performance/display?

I have long been under the impression that making one's own copyrightable work available on the Internet for free does constitute publication for the purposes of copyright law in most/all Western ...
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Why is everyone affraid to give “legal advice”? What is the difference between legal advice and personal opinion?

Why is it illegal to give your opinion/advice about a legal problem or case if you are not licensed or do not have a lawyer/client contract? Findlaw.com says it's ok if you are just a friend, or ...
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How can a copyright liccense be irrevocable under US law

The various creative commons licenses and various copy-left and similar licenses all claim to be "perpetual" or "irrevocable" -- to last for the term of the copyright. For example, the CC-BY 4.0 ...
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What happens if an individual exceeds the maximum to be donated to a presidential candidate?

For 2020, the maximum donation is $2800. What trouble will someone be in if they break that rule, either on accident or purposely?
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Why is Software Piracy Considered Theft?

I know the question sounds mundane and perhaps even silly at first glance, but, consider it for a moment. Our qualm with piracy seems to be premised with some notion of loss at the owners/business' ...
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Music Law - what type of liscence is required?

I am a playwright designing a show for the cruise line industry and am curious about the rights and licenses that apply to using popular music in my show. I intend to play the popular music, (as the ...
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Source of permission/license to use song on a cruise ship?

When I was on a cruise ship, the song "Hungry Heart" was played on a daily, almost hourly basis on the ship over its p.a. system. Does the ship need to get a license/pay royalties for the right to do ...
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Boss asks for possibly illegal action

This is related to another recent question, where someone asked what are the consequences of committing copyright infringement when your boss tells you to do so. A slighlty different case: Your boss ...
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Can a person be charged in absentia in the English and Welsh jurisdiction?

In England and Wales a person can certainly be tried in absentia, but can they be charged in absentia?
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Can I legally make a website about boycotting a certain company?

Located in the US. Can I make a website which is specifically aimed at boycotting a certain company? There is no lawsuit between myself and the company. There would be no defamation on the website ...
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Rubik's cube image rights EU court decision

In February 2016, I have asked a question (Rubik's cube image rights) regarding image rights of Rubik's Cube. In short - I have developed an Android application allowing user to solve Rubik's Cube,...
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Right to Drive on Public Roads

Driver - Black's 4th One employed in conducting or operating a coach, carriage, wagon, or other vehicle, with horses, mules, or other animals, or a bicycle, tricycle, or motor car, though not a ...
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What are my rights in videoing an encounter with a hostile person?

Scenario I asked a fellow dog-walker to prevent their dog from snapping at mine. They became very irate but I just walked away from the situation. I may have said "Please keep your dog under control ...
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Can a copyrighted work be asigned via an adhesion contract?

Let's say you're the author of a book. Then you want to post a chapter online on some website. Or upload it for ePublishing. It doesn't matter where, but let's say that somewhere in that site's eight-...
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Self Defense- Lethal Force- Taser & Knife Vs. Fire Arm

I was thinking of buying a taser for self defense. However, if someone were trying to attack me such as pulling a gun out on me, I fear a taser will just leave a criminal pissed off and still wanting ...
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Can I share online some complaints I have raised against my university?

Recently, I sent a complaint to my university for a problem I had. I got a reply. Can I share the official documents online? Or am I liable of defamation? Best Luca
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Can a sysadmin ever read emails or PMs on his server, when secrecy of correspondence is in the constitution?

There is another question here that asks something similar, but apparently it refers to the US, where secrecy of correspondence doesn't seem to exist, at least according to this article on Wikipedia: ...
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How the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) impacts a non-Californian business?

January 1, 2020, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) goes into effect. The CCPA applies to any business anywhere in the U.S. or the world that does business in the state of California. Could ...
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can exceptional circumstances invalidate one article?

I am in the UK - England. I am complaining against my University for having been misadvised in a moment of strong distress and psychological fragility - which is caused by the misbehavior of my ...
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In case of using what communication channels a person does not have a reasonable expectation of privacy?

In what scenario(s) a person doesn't have a reasonable expectation of privacy? sending a traditional letter or parcel via the U.S. post using work email account for sending private emails making a ...
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Is it legal to translate light novel works from Korea and publishing it on a website located in the EU?

According to this article Translation is typically considered a derivative work. While this varies from country to country, translation is considered derivative because it exists in relation to an ...
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Why did Ross Ulbricht get a much higher sentence than Blake Benthall?

They both created Silk Road. Ross Ulbricht built Silk Road 1, and Blake built Silk Road 2. So why the difference in sentencing?
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Is it illegal to infringe copyright if your boss or your client ordered you to do it?

The first possible scenario is this: suppose you work in a company, and you need to install some software for a client. The software needs to be purchased, but the boss tells you to just download it ...
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The case of creating personal data by combining non-personal data

In a company, two isolated departments process data that is not personal data. After processing, the documents go to the trash. They are found there by someone and it turns out that they identify ...
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What practical confidentiality protections can BSA offer to software piracy whistleblowers?

This question refers to a form for reporting software piracy. That page has an FAQ question: If I report software piracy to the BSA, will my name be kept confidential? Your name will never be ...
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Statement may be misunderstood as admission: is this a problem?

Hypothetically, imagine this: suppose that a drunken man has an online Facebook conversation with a friend, they start talking about his ex-girlfriend. Then, they talk about his private and sexual ...
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Unauthorised Use of Discount Code

TL;DR Can a retailer back out of their own Terms and Conditions because I used a discount code that I did not have explicit authorisation to use? Full Details I found a discount code online for a ...
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Pawnshop in TN transfered my pawned firearm without my prior consent

I pawned my firearms and the pawnshop had their FFL suspended. They own two stores and, when I went to pay on my pawn, I was told about the suspension, that all firearms had been transfered to their ...
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Is it legal to store copyrighted content on other mediums for personal use?

Suppose, I have purchased a DVD of movie and my PC's DVD drive has problem. Is it legal to copy content the DVD of movie to a flash memory and then use it on my PC?
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Is it illegal to have two over-the-counter pills in the same jar?

Is it illegal to have two over-the-counter (Tylenol and Ibuprofen) pills in the same jar? A cop in Oklahome USA one time took my jar with everything there was in it because "it's illegal to have ...
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Are there any examples of selling unsealed videogame as “new” being illegal?

Contest: over the years, a mayor videogame reseller company that operates in many countries worldwide has made a practice to unwrap the games it sells, putting only an empty box on display. When you ...
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What is Official Oppression?

Maine lists "official oppression" as a crime. A person is guilty of official oppression if, being a public servant and acting with the intention to benefit himself or another or to harm another, he ...
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Is this considered Kidnapping under law?

Okay so the title is questionable but hopefully intriguing. I am not a man of law so I do not know, anyways. Prom is coming up, my friend has a girlfriend 2 hours north of where we live and he wants ...
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May an insurance change classifications after services have already been rendered?

A New Jersey Marketplace health insurance plan has a tiered benefit system where a member can choose providers from a two-tiered system. Tier One has the highest coverage level and is tied to a narrow ...
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Way to first publish a work outside of the US in the Internet era

Suppose that I live outside of the US and have a standalone website where I post original works created by myself: photos, articles, software sources, music etc. The site is hosted outside of the US ...
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Should I put a my businesses copyright on my client's website?

I wasn't sure where to ask this, so apologies in advanced if this isn't fitting for this stackexchange. I co-own a web design agency, we're finishing up our first three jobs this week for some ...
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If photos are PII under GDPR, how are most photos on the web legal?

It has been established that identifiable photos of individuals are Personally identifiable information. They MAY even be Special Category Data. It seems to me that ones photo is the most personal ...
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Is it legal to advertise something as “free” that requires membership fee or entrance fee or purchase?

Is it legal to advertise something as "free" that requires membership fee or entrance fee or purchase? Example 1: Free drinks if you buy this meal for $20 vs Unlimited refills if you buy this ...
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what this sentence of licence and terms of use of many softwares means in particular

what this sentence of license and terms of use of many softwares means in particular ? and more in particular "use of the service and software" ? "The Services or Software and your "use of the ...
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Must I always ask permission if I use code someone other wrote?

I was told that it might be useful to publish something on Github to get a job. I was wondering if there are any copyright issues here: Suppose I got an idea of a small program. I do it mostly by my ...
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Is it illegal to masturbate inside public toilet behind closed door out of view from the public?

I suspect someone is doing that but it is hard to catch him because it is illegal to install surveillance camera in the toilet. Putting that aside, is this act that should be done in private at home ...
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Can I use my own Open Source code in commercial software I'm writing?

If I release some code that I wrote myself with an Open Source license (a WordPress plugin with the GPL2 license, https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.html), can I then use my own code in commercial ...
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Paying for a housemate's share of utilities when we are unable to

Currently I live in a a housing situation where we have four housemates (counting myself.) We split the utilities bill four ways. Recently one of the housemates quit his job and decided to pursue ...
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Car being towed

My car was stolen from my apartment complex and 3 months later the police found it. But it had no motor or transmission. I brought it back to the complex because this is where I live and have no ther ...
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How likely am I to receive compensation? (UK)

I recently bought my first property which is meant to be an exciting time until I realised the property has a broken boiler meaning I have no hot water or central heating. Now prior to exchange of ...
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Windows 10 iotcore for raspberry pi license questions

We are looking into making a commercial (offline) instrument with a raspberry pi running windows 10 IOT core. Will we need a license for that? If so which license . I've been looking into this but I'm ...
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Can Snapchat sue me if I use name “Snap” in my commercial project?

I plan to name my commercial web project as ____Snap. My website will be unrelated to what SnapChat is offering and in a different industry, but idea of short living content is the same.
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Do letters from jail bear jail markings?

If an inmate in a Georgia county or state jail sends a letter, does it have jail markings? (If so, it would be difficult to apply for jobs, etc., without the recipient learning that the person is ...
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Is making a home music server legal?

I am planning to make a Local-Area-Network personal music server program. The idea is that the program lets you host your music so you can stream it from any of your devices on your local network (...
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Is it alright to share scammers personal details online ? What type of details can i share?

I live in the UK, and i constantly see Scams on Facebook like "£300pm house, but i live abroad so you need to send me money and ill send the keys in the post " or " Free iPad for first 100 Workers " ...

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