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Separate permission required for amicus curiae brief?

I submitted an amicus curiae brief to a federal case and it was rejected on the grounds I had no permission from the court to submit one, however, in the brief itself, at the beginning I specifically ...
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Translating into French a book published in the US?

So there is this niche novel I read during high school and liked, it was maybe still is published in the US, and I would like to attempt translating it to French. What authorizations if any are ...
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Using photos from another website to sell merchandise

Under what conditions using some other brand's logos and pictures on a commercial website are allowed? Could I use, for example, a picture of a Dell computer (taken from thier website) of a given ...
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Is there an international patent?

If a person has invented something and wants to patent it internationally, should he file a patent in each country or to an international patent organization (if any)?
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Is it possible for one's own invention to be patented by others?

If a person invented something new but didn't file a patent: Is it legal for other people to file a patent for it? Is it possible for other people to be granted a patent for it if they are not the ...
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Darth Vader mask trademark copyright

Okay so I created a Typographic image. (an image that forms the shape of something only using text/fonts) Now i want to submit this as a piece of work for a university project 'create a typographic ...
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U.S. Ethanol production for non-beverage non-fuel use

I was researching a new process of producing polyethylene plastic in large quantities from renewable resources. Without getting too detailed, the process involves vaporizing ethanol and heating the ...
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Paypal chargebacks

I hope this is the right place to ask this kind of question! I am a videogame streamer on twitch.tv. It is pretty common to have a so called donation button there. It is a button where you can support ...
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How does one federal appellate court's decision affect other circuits?

I'm just learning how the court system works, and I'm trying to figure out the scope of influence of each appellate court. If a decision is handed down by, for example, the 9th Circuit court, does ...
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Would collecting personal information on a server you have access to be “hacking”?

Suppose you have an account on a local domain, but you were given it only to use a local server for personal storage. If you collect personal information of employees and users in this network (such ...
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What's the limitation of sexual consideration?

Prostitution is defined to be sex in exchange of consideration http://definitions.uslegal.com/p/prostitution/ The term "prostitution" generally means the commission by a person of any natural or ...
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Not wanting to be recorded on phone conversation

In Canada, if you phone someone, is there a way to make it illegal for them to record the call? For example if someone says they don't want to be recorded, can a company still legally record the call? ...
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Does Paypal have the authority to charge for currency conversion?

Paypal charges somewhere around 4% to convert US dollars to Aussie dollars when they pay me. What is this fee for? All conversions are computerised now. I have written them and they don't respond. To ...
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Does the US Government have the constitutional authority to ban alcohol?

This is something that has always confused me. In 1919 the US Constitution was amended to ban alcohol. That amendment was repealed in 1933. Then in 1970 an act of Congress banned a large number of ...
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Making Terms of Use and Service. I put “these sentences” at the end. Do they mean same?

For last week, I had finished making "Terms of Use ans Service" but this agreement should be translated into several languages such as Chinese. At the very end, I wrote: In the interpretation of this ...
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Selling second-hand products from a single brand?

Does operating an online business that specializes in selling second-hand products for a single brand (using their model names to simplify the search of available used products) could cause legal ...
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Video Recording Cops

I was wondering of the USA legalities of maintaining recorded video with audio when it comes to cops pulling you over while driving for whatever reason? I wasn't sure if you have to verbally tell ...
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Legality of commercial music in a free game

I am currently in development of a free mobile game (no ads). It is a music mixing game. Are there any legal actions I would need to take to use commercial music in my game? Please let me know if you ...
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Legal issues of a website such as [businessname]sucks.com

What kinds of legal issues do websites such as [businessname]sucks.com have in terms of copyright infringement, libel and defamation, and/or other issues? Let's say there is a website called [...
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Right Turns and Bike Lanes

I have been reading Ontario's official driver's handbook and the section on bike lanes was particularly uninformative. First off, you are not supposed to drive in bike lanes, that is straightforward ...
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Am I liable if trespassers on my private property injure themselves?

If people trespass on my property (i.e. walk through my backyard without my permission) and they get injured (i.e. trip and break an arm or a tree branch falls on their head), am I liable under ...
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Who owns copyright of Chaplin's movies (The Kid)

I wanted to ask whether it is legal to screen publicly Chaplin's The Kid (1921). In US according to Wikipedia, all movies made before 1923 are in the public domain. In UK I think the srory is ...
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Do email and SMS marketing laws prohibit a single invitation message if a person you know provides your phone number or email?

The CAN-SPAM Act and TCPA provide regulations governing what email and SMS messages you can send to people and how you can send them. Email marketing requires opt-in, as does SMS marketing. Email ...
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Is it legal to embed Youtube video in a paid app?

I'm a programmer and I'm developing a paid app on Android. My question: Is it legal to embed Youtube video in an Android paid app ? For example: I want to embed the code below in my app: <iframe ...
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What are the laws regulating practical polygamy in US?

I can understand that polygamy is illegal. However, some people think that it's simply illegal in a sense that government doesn't recognize it. It's like Sarah can marry anyone she wish but she can't ...
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NDA and other forms in Minor (Age) Company

I am 16 working on a startup with a friend of mine. I have heard that legal forms signed by minors are invalid, so I was curious. How can I guarantee with a form that both of us cannot ditch the ...
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Can the President be removed from office if he is deemed, by competent authority, to be unfit to carry out his duties?

Suppose, for example, that a sitting President is diagnosed with a mental illness that a competent authority decides makes the President unable to carry out his duties, but the President refuses to ...
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If one person on a phone said they would record the call, do I need to tell them that I record the call if I decide to do so?

In the United States, some states require consent to record if one party decides to record the phone call. A person I'm talking to told me they would record the call, do I need to tell them that I ...
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Do I retain ownership over software written at work, if I have not signed any sort of intellectual property contract?

At my current job, I was hired to be a call center rep and was moved to full-time software development under the same title/pay (I've been programming 8 hours/day for 5 months here). There are no ...
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Can whatsapp messages be an evidence?

Please first read this question She sent me messages over whatsapp, Is those messages are valid in Indian and Canadian courts?
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Is web scraping content from the web illegal ?

I would like to create a service that gathers contents from other news websites and display them in a way that may not necessarily be violating the source's terms. The intent is to aggregate data ...
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What is the rationale behind fair use exemptions?

"Fair use" is one exemption that allows the use of copyrighted material. From what I understand, this exemption falls into one of two broad categories: Teaching, research, news reporting, etc. ...
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What are consequences for defendant failing to meet orders of civil court?

I read that a civil court judge may order that a defendant, for example, pay damages; or, another example, provide particulars relevant to the pre-trial pleadings. But what if they don't comply? ...
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What argument supports a right to bear arms but denies a right to bear nuclear weapons?

Per the second amendment: A lot of people really want to be able to declare that they can own any weapon they want but then the argument absurd is always, "Well that means you could own a nuke too." ...
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Is it enough to attribute CC licensed media through a URL only?

I have made some videos for computer education. I might be sale it in future... I have used images which comes under creative commons and from pixbay license. I want to know is that compulsory to ...
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Can a power of attorney be used for criminal matters?

Can a layman with a power of attorney lawfully represent someone else in criminal matters?
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Were the barristers for May Donoghue (before the Judicial Commitee of the House of Lords) pro bono or paid?

Source: p 127, Is Eating People Wrong? Great Legal Cases and How They Shaped the World (2011) by Allan C. Hutchinson   Undaunted, Leechman made the final maneuver available to May – he applied ...
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Of a judgment, how do 'substantive merits' differ from 'formal qualities'?

Source: pp 108-109, Is Eating People Wrong? Great Legal Cases and How They Shaped the World (2011) by Allan C. Hutchinson [...] For example, the difference between Plessy and Brown has nothing to ...
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Can the original price mentioned in a discount be anything?

I wonder whether when a business advertises a sale or discount, the displayed original price can be anything, or it has to be the actual price when there is no discount. Example on Groupon: or ...
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Defective motion on its face - does judge deny, dismiss, or strike it (without hearing the motion)?

I received a motion that fails to state facts or elements as required. I always thought that motions get denied, not dismissed. The motion fails raise all issues as required, e.g., in child custody ...
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Am I allowed to blog about technical topics I was paid to learn about?

I work as a software engineer on lots of research topics where I look into new technologies. These topics have intersections with my private interests which I research on my own time after work. The ...
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out of print board game - scan of board permitted?

There is a simple children's board game that is apparently out of print. May I make a color scan of the board and include it in a scholarly article? May I include the scan in a blog post? I want to ...
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What kind of secrecy can be obtained by hiding an organization's EIN (tax number?)

I am a treasurer for an organization under a local high school in North Carolina, in the United States. The organization I am treasurer for is not registered with the IRS, but the school system is. ...
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Power of attorney (UK) for parent in delirious state

My mother is in her mid-70s, lives in the UK and is in intensive care at an NHS hospital. She may or may not survive her battle with sepsis that is leaving her confused and delirious most days. There ...
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Is it legal in the UK to give different prices to different users, for price optimisation, using A/B testing

I'm the CTO for a startup that is about to launch. We have a monthly subscription plan, and we are not sure what price to set it at. We have done some rough analysis, but we are considering using A/B ...
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Is it legal to exclude any “adhesion contract” regulations? (CZ)

I found this in the license agreement for the JetBrains products: 12.8. You declare that You have had sufficient opportunity to review this Agreement, understand the content of all of its clauses, ...
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Is it legal to film yourself putting something in a mail slot? [duplicate]

I need to serve someone papers, and I need to be able to prove that I served them. It is an acceptable method to drop them off at their homes mail box, but then if contested I wouldn't be able to ...
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Drinking (alcohol) in the passenger seat/backseat of a car/taxi in the States

My question is a fairly simple one, but consists of multiple clauses: Is it legal for you to drink in a car if you are not the person driving it? Is there (and if there is, what is it) a difference ...
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Is “mobbing” recognized by British and American legislations as a form of harassment in the workplace?

From Wikipedia: British anti-bully researchers Andrea Adams and Tim Field have used the expression "workplace bullying" instead of what Leymann called "mobbing" in a workplace context. They ...
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Can the US government be compelled to honor the NATO treaty?

The North Atlantic Treaty (which establishes NATO) commits each member to mutual defence in case any member is attacked. The treaty has been ratified by the US, so it is legally binding. My question ...

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