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Which jurisdiction applies to copyright violations on the internet?

A person residing in country A takes a work by an artist in country B and puts it onto a website they own but which is hosted in country C which is intended for an audience of people in country D. ...
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Can I use a mangaka's work as my tumblr blog icon/background?

I know quite a number of people who do this, but I just want to know for sure. The blog is non-commercial and dedicated to a manga. It's for sharing and other fans to browse.
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Programming languages and APIs licenses

I would like to write a music player for Windows, in C++ or C#, and maybe sell it. I would like to use mciSendString, and I was wondering if I would have to pay any royalties to Microsoft. Question 1:...
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Landlord refuses to do anything about tenants who do a lot of drugs

If other tenants in a rental home (roommates) are breaking the law and the landlord has been informed but refuses to do anything about it, is the landlord breaking the law or does a tenant (who's not ...
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Are there any laws in the US that ban the display of offensive symbols?

Quite a few times in TV shows and movies and only once in real life I've seen people with offensive tattoo or shirt symbols such as the Swastika. Is there a law in the United States that bans the ...
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How can one prove they rented a house with no receipts/contract?

Where I live the law doesn't require a renter to fill out a contract. If a renter paid the damage deposit, and rent, and upon leaving the landlord refuses to return the damage deposit, how can the ...
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Can building inspection obtain warrant to inspect suspected non-permited construction?

Most of illegal construction fines I have heard of were under circumstances when the work performed was visible from the outside in plain sight. Of course, many renovations that are purely interior ...
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Is there a “lemon law” that applies to product lines?

I have a gadget that I purchased ($150), and it's in warranty. I like the item's concept, but it's defective (occasional electronics failure). After doing some research I realized it's a widespread ...
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Can I duplicate media for personal use only?

So, I have bought a lot of things that came in physical format: movies, songs, video games, and all sorts of other digital media. However, things like CDs and DVDs are rather annoying -- they take up ...
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Implied insults

What are the legal differences between an explicit insult, that qualifies as slander, and an implication of the same insult? I am a German citizen, so I'd prefer answers applicable to Germany. But ...
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How might this use of the Star Wars logo and universe be legal?

A French book about Star Wars recently came out, giving a psychological approach on the films and characters. The book doesn't contain images, but on the cover, the Star Wars logo is visible, and ...
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Does Germany offer refugees a path to citizenship?

Refugees have been flooding into Germany. Under German law do these refugees have a path to citizenship? Or if their situation is temporary would they be expected to leave the country when asked?
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Where does the title “tipstaff” come from?

This blog post discusses the duties of a "tipstaff" as a role that still exists in Pennsylvania (US) courts, which includes clerical duties such as ordering motions and announcements etc. There are ...
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Is it legal to publish email that someone sent to me?

I'm not asking whether it is ethical - that would be a totally different question. I'm asking whether it is legal? In my book - in my way how I interpret consensual reality - once I press SEND ...
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Short 1099 gig between FT job and unemployment

I work for a contracting agency (call it Foo) and there is a team of us at a client's site. Due to a funding/budget issue, the client has to let us all go by the end of the month, we just found out ...
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Are there any laws in the US against pedophilia stories hosted on a website?

I run a publicly editable website where users can post up stories a various sort. Some are pretty normal, some are sexual, some are a bit perverted, and recently some have drifted into the pedophilia ...
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Can I booby-trap my property against police?

Inspired by this question: Suppose I'm paranoid (perhaps justifiably) that law enforcemen might conduct a warranted raid of my property. So I setup booby-traps that are designed to either: A. ...
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Can a person plead the fifth to refuse to acknowledge his identity?

The answer to my earlier question here: Can you plead the fifth to avoid revealing the identity of someone you were accused of being? ended up with a side debate I wanted to determine the answer to. ...
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Self incrimination vs. obstruction of justice / destruction of evidence

Suppose a police officer has probable cause to arrest me based on evidence in plain sight. He wants to initiate a search pursuant to arrest. Before the officer can detain me, I put the (alleged) ...
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Why don't alcohol laws contradict the constitution?

Why don't alcohol laws contradict the constitution (or other laws in some cases, like in the example below, because The Age Discrimination Act is not part of the constitution)? I think it is age ...
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How strictly is “competition” interpreted in a NDA?

My previous company specialized in affiliate marketing and produced a comparison website for a certain market (let's say cars). I left the company 4 months ago and would like to setup my own affiliate ...
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What can a network service disclose to law enforcement if they claim they don't keep any logs?

After reading this question I was wondering about the legal applications of the terms-of-service of Privateinternetaccess.com (PIA): a VPN provider. What's a VPN provider? If you have one, all your ...
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In what circumstances are the police permitted to break the law?

I assume (but this isn't necessarily the case) that the police are permitted to break the law in order to enforce it. By break the law, I mean perform acts that would usually be illegal - say, if a ...
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I have a private lot parking permit but there are no spaces available, legal remedies?

I bought a parking permit for a private lot attached to my apartment but today when I came to park I found that no spaces were available. What can I do? The parking spaces are not marked off in any ...
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What are the liabilities of inadvertently copying and storing illegal pornography?

I'm a software developer who has been working on a yet-to-be released content filtering application. One of the filtering categories is of course pornography, and once upon a time I decided I was ...
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Legal consequences to asking questions about specific illegal activity?

Say I were to make a website that consisted of short survey like questionnaires. For the purpose of this question lets say 1 question per survey, 1 survey per page. Can legal issues arise from asking ...
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What's the validity of different versions of Terms of Service (Software, Web)

Many people sit around and nitpick about wording that's added or subtracted. They have many terms for this but its essentially everything they get you to agree before they allow you to use a web ...
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Does the copyright on a song's lyrics apply if the song is translated into another language?

You've all heard about the happy birthday ruling. This spun off a discussion in our office (none of us are lawyers). If I copyright the lyrics to a song in English, does the copyright apply if the ...
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Can you refuse to swear on the Bible?

Everyone has heard the procedure to get sworn in in an American court: Put your hand on a Holy Bible and answer yes to "Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so ...
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Is it legal to republish lyrics?

Can a lyrics web site be legal, assuming there are no special agreements with the artists? Is publishing song lyrics considered "fair use?"
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Are law enforcement officers obliged to apprehend a subject committing a crime at the earliest possible opportunity?

Inspired in part by this question: if a person is committing crimes of increasing severity, are law enforcement personnel obliged to apprehend them at the earliest opportunity? Specifically, are they ...
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Discriminatory practices for tobacco use?

This is kind of a tricky question, or situation rather. (TLDR-skip to bold) I am a clerk at a retail establishment that sales cigarettes, as well as food and home products. My main job duty is ...
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Has a food donor been sued for giving away spoiled food?

Regarding food waste, on John Oliver's series "Last Week Tonight" he states: That's a common misconception. We all think that if someone gets sick you could get sued. I thought that until earlier ...
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Securities Law: Schedule 13G pursuant to Rule 13d-1(d) under Section 13(d)(6)(B)

Schedule 13G/Rule 13d-1(d)/Section 13(d)(6)(B) May an officer and director continue to file a Schedule 13G pursuant to Rule 13d-1(d), instead of a Schedule 13D, if (i) it has been more than 12 months ...
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Is it even possible to use the Google Maps API without violating their terms of use?

I went to the Google Maps API terms of use page and scrolled down and found section at 10.5f, which read: No incorporating Google software into other software. You will not incorporate any ...
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Automating online job application systems (applicant tracking software) is legal?

Application tracking software or job application software is annoying most of the time. They ask you to fill out loads of information along with your resume, even if your resume has most of it. People ...
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Chances of theft of new invention during the screening process to get a patent

Suppose I invented something and need to patent it. So, I submit all the documents to the patent office. So, the officers who examine my documents containing new invention at the patent office, could ...
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Wet & Reckless vs DUI

What is the exact difference between a Wet Reckless vs a DUI? Moreover the financial and penal implications? I am in California.
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Applying for PHD in Florida. Application question

State: Florida Subject: Applying for PHD programs in Florida Question on Application: "Have you recieved disciplinary action?" "Have you ever been arrested for, been convicted of, or entered a plea ...
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Using BBC podcasts in a software, legality

This software will be a freeware, which will be used to improve language abilities of English exam takers. My software will play a part of their (BBC-United Kingdom) pod cast (a minute or 2) and the ...
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Are “non performing” loans still “secured?”

Let's say a borrower lends most of the value of a house to a borrower. The lender does so because s/he can use the house as collateral for the loan. Suppose the borrower goes into default/nonpayment ...
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Need generic form to allow my friend to talk with my son's school

I told the principal I wanted my friend to be able to communicate with the school regarding my son. She gave me a form to sign. I filled it out and signed it. (Unfortunately I don't have a copy.) The ...
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What if I don't patent my invention?

Say I invent something and choose not to patent it but start producing and selling it, then if somebody else goes and patents my exact design what happens to my rights to sell/produce that product?
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Can an artist revoke his Creative Commons [CC] content?

Let's say an artist released a photo under a CC licence (for concreteness let's assume the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International). You find the photo interesting and save it for later use, ...
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Do pawn shops have third-party consent authority for pawned items?

In Phoenix, Arizona, Leslie Merritt Jr. has been arrested and charged in relation to a series of shootings that occurred along the I-10 corridor in Phoenix. In court filings, the Arizona Department ...
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Jurisdiction in Canada (cybercrime) - where can I file the lawsuit

I'm looking for some information regarding jurisdiction in cybercrime cases in Canada (just educational purposes) Assuming someone gained unauthorized access to my personal accounts (such as online-...
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Forming an LLC in Idaho: Is programming professional?

I'm forming an LLC in Idaho for a software development / consulting business. I'm planning to go directly through the Secretary of State. I see two different forms: A "Certificate of Organization ...
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Referring to Software Engineering in a US state that licenses engineers

This is strictly hypothetical for the moment and I will retain qualified legal counsel before making any real-world decisions. This question is only to get a general idea of what to expect. Suppose I ...
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Under what circumstances can a debt lien on real property be satisfied by foreclosure?

Under what circumstances can a debt lien on real property be satisfied by foreclosure? For example, let's imagine a debtor fails to pay a debt, say a car loan on a vehicle that is now missing or ...
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How can I free a service provider from estimate liability via disclaimer?

I want to ask for a quote, but I don't want the service provider to be legally bound to the estimate. What should I disclaim in my quote request?

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