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Is MagSafe patented such that no one else can make magnetic power supplies?

I'm talking about MagSafe, the connector used on some Apple power adapters that pops out of the socket easily, and snaps into place using a magnet, so that both the cable and the socket are unlikely ...
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Does US criminal law recognize objective elements that don't require mens rea?

In German law, there is a legal construct called "Tatbestandsannex" or "objektive Bedingung der Strafbarkeit". These are necessary conditions for criminal liability for which no corresponding mens rea ...
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UK: Is it legal to present in court a document/evidence which you are not allowed to keep?

Imagine an employee whose contract requires to return all copies of employer's information back to employer once employment is over. But that employee is going to take the former employer into ...
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Can or will a notary public sign a contract as a witness?

I have a medical records request form and I need someone to sign as a witness. My first thought is that I should have a notary do this. Is this legal?
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Can physical force be used to protect your property?

When can physical force be used outside of personal self defense? If you see someone repeatedly kicking your car can you chase him away? Say someone is at your door step and pushes past you inside, ...
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Is Schmähkritik illegal in Germany and what could happen?

Jan Böhmermann made a Schmähkritik about the president of Turkey, Erdoğan. Is that illegal, what could happen? Could Erdoğan actually sue ZDF and the satirist? What would happen, if he would do that? ...
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Is it legal to sell access to recordings of public TV broadcasts?

Increasingly TV channels supplement their on-air broadcasts with publicly-accessible IPTV-service "broadcasting" the same content via Internet. For example, the impoverished (and war-torn) Ukraine has ...
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Is it legal in the US to watch pornography in public places?

This question popped up on the HNQ sometime over the last couple of days and it started a discussion in one of the chat rooms. https://academia.stackexchange.com/questions/66409/is-watching-porn-in-...
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How can I discover what regulations a biomedical device needs to meet?

Please note: the contextual jurisdiction of this question is primarily the United States, but could be extended to European and Asian countries as well. The OpenBCI is a recently-funded startup that ...
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How do lawyers get people out of custody?

On TV and in books, you often see someone getting picked by the police, held/interrogated for several hours, until a lawyer appears and forces the police to release them. Is this realistic? How do ...
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Can I be compelled by law to decrypt information in UK?

Is there any law currently in place within the UK that can force someone to decrypt information? Either by forcing them to supply the password/key or forcing them to provide the information in an ...
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Can I claim for time spent preparing for a court case?

I was involved in a car crash almost 2 years ago. I had to go to court and give evidence as to what happened and the other driver was found guilty. My insurance company is now having to start legal ...
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Can a dentist charge for a treatment without written paperwork?

I just came back from a dentist appointment. I signed a paperwork that says two inlays and three onlays. When I was under local anesthesia for deep cleaning, my dentist told me that he/she found one ...
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Is there a better way to say “Save as provided in this Constitution…”

I'm working on a NFP organisation constitution with a group of fellow members - we're very small. There is a line "Save as provided in this Constitution...". And I'm thinking that whoever wrote that ...
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Can the Governor of Maine remove Maine's Attorney General?

As I understand it, the President of the United States has an Attorney General (AG) that serves at the pleasure of the President. That means the President can fire the AG at any time. Can you take a ...
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Pictures vs 3D Models - What's the difference?

If you want to make a video game that contains real world products, you generally need to obtain permission from the company that makes that product to include it in your game. For example, if you ...
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Can a domestic partner evict someone even though all home utilities are in her name?

Can a female domestic partner be evicted by male in the household if she pays all utilities for household?
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Smoking on a public sidewalk?

If an apartment complex has a no smoking rule and says "you cannot smoke on our property, including the public side walks surrounding the building or you will be fined" How can they enforce that ...
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Is it legal to redistribute an AAC audio stream?

Some radio streams are encoded as AAC, an encoding that is patented. In order to listen to AAC streams, it's necessary to use a piece of software with a valid licence. Would it be okay to decode the ...
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Who should witness a medical records request form?

I have almost filled out a medical records request form for a hospital, but the final lines state that I must sign and my signature must be witnessed, along with a line for the "witness" in question. ...
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Can I attribute my game to a game studio that isn't registered as an LLC, INC, etc

I asked a somewhat related question over here. There reason I want to attribute my game to a "random studio" is for the sole purpose of getting a domain with the same name as my studio and point ...
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Is there a difference between “faithfully executed laws” and laws which are technically executed but not “faithfully”?

I'm trying to persuade someone in a policy area to do something. One of my points is that, supposing what they're already doing is technically legal, it is not "faithfully executing" the law. In the ...
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Do I need to be actively prohibitng individual mediums to publicate my copyrighted work?

Maybe I was just overreacting, but as far as I was aware of coprighted work without any mention about permissions means by default, I'm not allowed to use, republicate, edit or display it. In this ...
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Resident tenants fined for parking in residents' parking area

A magement company owns a block of flats and the surrounding plot of land. Flat "owners"/leaseholders take out a mortgage to lease the flats for a number of years. They sublet to tenants (with ...
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Law for passport renewel of a us citizen minor in india

My sister's daughter is a minor and us citizen by birth. My sister and her husband are separated and her husband has filed a case for divorce and child custody against my sister in Indian family court....
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Author ownership of e-books

We're a small not-for-profit group (but not yet a registered company) making a web app which allows people to write books, basically. They write the text with the ideas, and we help choose the layout, ...
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Does California maintain its own record of minor traffic tickets incurred by out-of-state drivers?

Convictions for reportable moving violations in California are reported to the CA DMV [1]. For drivers licensed in California, this will result in a number of points, dependent on the specific ...
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Licensing a Project that contains Others' Works

Right now, I'm making a video game that uses another's font. I want to make absolutely clear that this is font is not made by me. Can I say so in a different file (say, fonts/the-fonts-i-didnt-make/...
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Can a landlord break lease for city code enforcement renovations in CA?

I'm a landlord with a duplex in CA. I live in one unit, have a tenant in the other with a 1 year rental agreement (not sure if that technically makes it a lease, but it is entitled 'rental agreement') ...
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How much of this image do I need to modify in order to avoid copyright violation?

There is a browser game that I want to port the Android. The problem is I do not want to use the same image assets because of copyright violations. Would this example be enough to prevent a ...
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How to divide house equity after a long period of separation

My Husband and I have been separated for ten years, during which time I paid him an agreed amount of spousal support. From that, he paid the mortgage on our commonly-owned house. We just sold that ...
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Is it a website's discretion to cancel and refund an order after it was shipped?

If a customer places an order on a website, later decides to cancel the order, but the website ships the order, is it the website's discretion whether or not to refund the customer?
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Who is legally responsible for malware delivered through an ad on a website, the website or the ad network?

Forbes recently started to block people who use an adblocker from accessing their website. The irony is that only a couple of days later, the ad network they use started spreading malware, ransomware ...
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Can an legal means for someone who's visa expired to stay in the country or leave the country and come back

I was talking to my Neighbors "Wife" who is not actually his wife at all. Apparently she was here on a working Visa, she got pregnant, and never renewed because they fired her when they learned she ...
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Rental Agent claiming an admin fee from 2 years ago

(Context Details: UK, renting in London. Agent is Foxtons.) I've just left a rental property after 3 years there. The landlord has authorised the full return of the deposit, but the rental agency has ...
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Is it legal to write software to convert data from a proprietary format?

I have created a piece of software that converts a proprietary format from the database blob of a large, well known commercial software company into the equivalent open source data type. The large ...
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Can I reproduce a trademarked logo in my blog?

I have a blog about marketing. I am writing a new post where I talk about different Apple logos. Can I make a screen shot from Apple website and include that image in my blog? I just want to ...
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creative art-work

I have pictures which I've transformed into my own art and have watermarked. I've shared them with one other person. How do I legally prevent not only this person from using, distributing or selling ...
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Clarification of “Custodial Person” law in Germany?

I will be traveling to Germany from the United States for 2 weeks with my 15 year old cousin. I will be 23 years old at the time of travel. I am curious to know, for those 2 weeks, would I be ...
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Does flashing high beams give police probable cause to stop a vehicle?

Is it illegal to flash high beams to signal other cars? If police see you doing so is it a valid pretext for a traffic stop?
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Can the Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination be invoked in a civil deposition? [duplicate]

Can the Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination be invoked in a civil deposition? Assuming it can be, what potential consequences may the invocation have, if any?
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Can multiple people trademark the same name?

I looked up a trademark on TESS and it turns out that it is already trademarked. This may sound like a noob question, but can I use it if my business is completely unrelated ? What if I own the domain,...
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Is it likely to win back child support from biological father of a child whose conception was result of extramarital affair?

Situation: A wife of a married couple had extramarital affair As a result, she conceived a child by the male she had affair with The fact that the biological father isn't the husband isn't known to ...
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Can advising someone to hire an attorney ever be considered an unlawful practice of law in itself?

Suppose you advise someone to hire attorney because it is your opinion that certain facts exist and that they are "illegal". Further, suppose you are not an attorney and the process of advising this ...
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Investment Brokering on an F-1 OPT?

I am F-1 US Visa-holding student with an anticipated OPT authorization that is good May 9th through August 15th. I have an opportunity to broker an investment in a manufacturing company registered in ...
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Affordable Care Act - Are Members of Congress Exempt?

I am curious as to whether Members of Congress are subject to the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act says they are: MEMBERS OF CONGRESS IN THE EXCHANGE.— (i) REQUIREMENT.—...
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Is it possible to sue the German government because of a break with the IFG (TTIP)?

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is heavily debated. It's still debated behind closed doors! Citizens may not get a look at the documents; a few German politicians have - after a ...
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In English Law, official guidance can state “minor” matters exempt from a statutory requirement — but on what authority?

I just noticed an oddity in some legal guidance published by the UK Government. The Party Wall Act states that certain works are covered by its requirements, including the requirement to give notice. ...
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Are tenants responsible for ensuring their guests follow the terms?

Are tenants responsible for their guests violating terms in the lease? For example if a lease says "no smoking in the building" and an invited guest smokes, could the tenant be held responsible? What ...
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Co-tenant entered my bedroom; how can I prove someone else unlocked my door?

I'm not looking for legal advice! I live in a shared house. There are 4 other people. We each have our own lease. Tonight I came home and noticed my bedroom door had been opened, even though I'm sure ...

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