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Can the costs of a “charity challenge” be paid for with part of the funds raised?

If one undertakes a "charity challenge" to raise money and awareness through some performance feat, can one cover one's costs for the feat out of the raised money? For instance, supposing someone ...
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Appying for positions on the federal bench?

In the U.S.A. when a federal judgeship is vacant, do candidates apply to the president for it, or must they simply wait for him to ask them? Does that include vacancies on the Supreme Court? (Things ...
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What is the legality of a business announcing the use of upcoming profits for political advocacy?

I've seen a few businesses, all small, announcing something like "vote against X, and we'll give you Y" or "For the next X days, Y% of profits will be used [in some way] against Z". I'm not asking ...
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Can I use any library I want in a public domain program?

If I install a library on my system (let's say it's called libfoo and it is under the BSD license), then include the header in my program (in the public domain) and link the program to libfoo, is that ...
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What consequences can a legal non-citizen 14 year old face if he applies for a credit card using someone else's SSN without permission?

I did this when I was 12, and I didn't know what this all was. My 12-year old mind was still working like a 6 year old. One day a letter came to my house saying you are not eligible or something, I ...
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How does copyright licensing work?

While reading through an album booklet I came across a scenario where the artist, Lana Del Rey had a copyright under exclusive license to sed record company. From an ownership perspective how does ...
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Who is responsible for an intra-hospital ambulance?

Several months ago, I went to the emergency room. I called an ambulance, which took me to Local Hospital (Branch A). While there, the hospital said they did not have the facilities to treat me, and ...
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What crimes are senators and representatives immune of?

Art. 1 Sect. 6 Cl. 1 of the Constitution states that [Part 1] The Senators and Representatives shall receive a compensation for their services to be ascertained by law, and paid out of the treasury ...
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What are the relevant U.S. laws that cover businesses that disburse cash?

I'm interested in starting a business that sends customers rolls of quarters (and maybe at most 1-2 per week at most), e.g. for paying for laundry washing and drying machines. I'd like to be able to ...
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Is it lawful to keep a user from updating one's own content on Stack Exchange?

I have been banned for asking to many questions on Physics Stack Exchange for 1 year. During this time I am not allowed to revise or update my published work. I have asked that my work be invisible ...
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Legal options for unauthorized access to bank account (and how to prove it) [closed]

I've run into an unpleasant situation: https://money.stackexchange.com/questions/75965/mom-keeps-illegally-monitoring-my-bank-account-what-to-do. I was advised to move this question to legal. Could ...
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Is a teacher/school administrator allowed to force me to decrypt my phone?

As in: My phone was just confiscated, but not before I shut it off. If they wanted to look through it without a warrent, can they force me to decrypt it? EDIT: USA is country-of-residency
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Is there a list of SCOTUS decisions by “side”?

Is there a source that lists all SCOTUS decisions for, say, the past 25 years, which names justices in the majority, versus dissenting justices (even better, separated by written opinion so that ...
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Are “safe distance” citations handled on a case-by-case basis? (USA)

I've always been told that when you come to a red light or stop sign, to stop far enough behind the car in front of you so that you can see the bottom of their back tires. While a good general rule, I ...
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Can an employer request recertification for a spouses permanent disability?

My wife has a major medical health issue that there is no known cure for. I have been certified through my job for FMLA to take Intermittent Leave as needed for her health condition. Now every year ...
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Where to find court rulings related to spousal alimony?

I've been to CAB - https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/ I've been to a lawyer (initial consultation) some time ago I've been to a meetup - https://fnf.org.uk/ I've read the book - https://www.amazon.co....
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Trademark infringement?

I have a mobile app that applies filters to user photos. Suppose that i want to add a filter (or a set of filters) named "Gotham" or "Daredevil" or "X-Men". Suppose this filter (or set of filters) are ...
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Is there liability for accidental deaths of astronauts?

I read about the death of an astronaut in an exploding rocket; I don't know if it was recent or not. Would the developers of this shuttle have been subject to any legal action, or would it be ignored ...
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Murder vs aggravated assault vs attempted murder

Just watched "Night watching" on A&E. On the show, someone was stabbed 23 times. At the end the narrator said that a suspect was arrested and charged with 23 counts of aggravated assault. Why not ...
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Can you go to the Supreme Court just to get a stay on a TRO?

Right now State of Washington v. Trump is, as I understand it, still a district-level case. Judge Robart issued a TRO against the order, and the DoJ appealed for a stay on the TRO. The district court ...
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Can illegal aliens claim sanctuary in a church?

This tweet (as quoted in a Washington Post article), seems to suggest that illegal aliens can claim sanctuary in a church: #GuadalupeGarcia attorney says @ICEgov has lied to him and he will advise ...
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In English law does a joint tenancy convert to a tenancy in common if a new tenant is added

For example, say I were to have a contract with 3 others. And all the requirements being met, we would have a joint tenancy in a property. If we (landlord included) were to amend a new party to the ...
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Is Steve Bannon's Navy Personnel file protected information and if so, does USA Today bear legal culpability for obtaining and publishing it?

I was reading USA Today article about Bannon, and one statement piqued my interest: Bannon’s military personnel file, obtained by USA TODAY, shows he was regularly promoted during his seven years ...
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Can officials enjoy immunity for any crime by asserting they acted in official capacity?

Government officials in the United States enjoy broad immunity from personal and criminal liability for "official" actions. However, even the sitting U.S. President is not immune to being tried for ...
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What constitutes consent to record a conversation?

I would like to record a conversation with another individual (who otherwise could assume privacy). In this case Maryland requires the consent of both parties to record, as shown in the diagram below. ...
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Is it legal to use movie frames or actor images as online avatars?

Browsing around social networks and this community, I see that there are users that use pictures of actors from TV series as their avatar. I don't want to point to anyone's profile to give an ...
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Can a defendant challenge the constitutionality of the statute being accused of?

If someone is accused of a crime in his state and he believes the statute he is being accused of violates one or more of his constitutional rights, say right to travel or free speech. Can the ...
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Can a Pub Quiz be copyrighted? What about the Final Results spreadsheet?

This may seem a bit inane, but I'm having a minor tête-à-tête with a local Quiz Master. Our weekly quiz is 10 rounds of a certain topic with 10 questions per round. Each round is displayed for about 5 ...
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How can I find the copyright owner?

The American composer Leo Sowerby died on July 7, 1968. At first there were three ways of contacting his heirs: 1. via the Sowerby Foundation, run by his friend Francis Crociata. They had a ...
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Can the US president be charged of crime such as murder while in office?

If the US president commits murder during his vacation as an unofficial action during his presidential term, can he be charged with a crime in court (i.e., in the judiciary branch) before he steps ...
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Does a lease agreement survive change of owner?

I signed a year lease (August 2016-July 2017) with a realty company on a shared house (joint and several with individual rent responsibility). The company has an agreement with the house owner (whom I ...
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Boilerplate for all proceeds from a project going to a specific charity?

I need an as-simple-as-possible document that basically states that nobody involved is going to earn any money from the proceeds of sales from the projects, but that all the proceeds are going to go ...
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Is the Senate rule against “impugning a senator” constitutional?

I was astonished by the news that Warren was silenced by the Senate for "impugning a senator" because in my eyes the rule itself seems to conflict with democratic principles of the USA as well as the ...
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Can I design or remix a model in SketchUp Make and legally share it via Thingiverse, MyMiniFactory or similar?

SketchUp Make is licensed for non-commercial work only. This includes the output from the software. Trimble Navigation Limited and/or its affiliates ("Trimble") gives you a personal, worldwide,...
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Executive/Judiciary Separation of Powers: Weaknesses?

Suppose there is open conflict between an executive administration and the federal judicial branch. The executive branch wants to curtail judicial power, but is hopefully limited by the Constitution ...
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Is standing required in traffic court cases when the accused raises the interest?

I have a speeding ticket court date coming up soon in NY and I don't know if there will be a prosecutor or a plaintiff or just the police officer against me. One of my main arguments will be that the ...
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What is the difference between enacting and promulgating?

What's the difference between promulgate and enact?
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Studying abroad - penalty clause

Some countries provide grants for their citizens to study abroad on the condition that the student will return to work in the country after graduation. For example, the Thai government offers such ...
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Sister is living rent free in inherited property. Should she pay rent to other sibling?

My father died in Jan 2015. My sister moved in with my mother Feb. 2015 to care for her. In April, 2015 my sister sold her home. She was now mortgage free. The following month, my mother added my ...
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Do I need to be co-operative when stopped by a law enforcement officer?

This question asks how you should respond to a police stop, and one of the answers sited what I believe is common wisdom, ie "be co-operative". This got me thinking - what are the advantages of being ...
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Is a summer REU considered OPT/CPT training for F-1 visa?

I am a student under F-1 visa in the US. I was offered a paid Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program for the upcoming summer 2017 from a different school. Is the REU considered Optional ...
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What data can you legally copyright?

Hi guys any help on this would be greatly appreciated, I am creating an app in the UK and I hope to use google's 'popular times' feed. This data is just the estimated amount of people in the venue at ...
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Changing Copyright date notice for a revised edition

Follow on to At what point and how should I change the license/Copyright notice when I create a derivative?. When an author revises and publishes an updated version of her/his previously published ...
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Will Arkansas's new abortion law prevent out-of-state abortions?

There's been a lot of discussion lately on this new abortion law: http://www.vox.com/identities/2017/2/3/14497638/arkansas-abortion-dilation-evacuation-ban-second-trimester My understanding (as a ...
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When is evidence introduced that is not easily shown

In a criminal trial, I've seen counsel walk over and show items to the opposing counsel that they wish to enter into evidence. After showing it to them, they'll begin laying the foundation sometimes ...
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If a company changes terms of service, can I refuse and get a refund for the affected product?

Presumably if they want to change the contract I entered, and I refuse, the contract has to stay the same. Sometimes this may be impractical for the company, so can I get a full refund in such a ...
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Retrieving and Filling UCC documents (US)

I know that based on the type of UCC form you are filling you may need to file it with either the state or the local county. Does this mean that when trying to retrieve UCC documents pertaining to a ...
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Can a minor legally sign an employment contract?

Let's assume that Example, Inc. (a tech company based in California but registered in Delaware) wants to hire a non-emancipated 16-year old minor for a full-time position (using the principle of at-...
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Do football players still get paid if they get sidelined?

What is the norm for big sports contracts? Does the player still get paid if he is injured, or otherwise cannot play? For example, in 2001 Drew Bledsoe, quarterback for the Patriots had just signed a ...
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Youtube and copyright on music composition

I posted a video to YouTube featuring a violin performance by my son. It was an original performance, recorded by me and using equipment owned by me. Later I found that ads were appearing on the video ...

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