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Is translating a computer program from language A to B, the same as a normal translation?

I understand that if I translate a book from English to French, my French translation is a derivative work. But, if I translate something such as Ruby on Rails from Ruby to Java is it a derivative ...
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What type of organizations are exempt from EEOC regulations?

What type of organizations are exempt from EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity) regulations? I know that very small businesses are usually exempt. How about non-profit organizations? How about ...
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Is it illegal to carry a baton?

Is it illegal to carry an expandable/extendable baton in the state of Indiana?
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Who has authority to determine whether death was natural, accidental, suicidal, or homicidal?

My understanding is that generally (and in broad strokes) it is the responsibility and authority of a jurisdiction's Coroner (a.k.a. Medical Examiner) to determine the cause and manner of any death ...
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Is personal information of arrestees published publicly?

Is personal information (e.g., names, address, phone number, past residences, etc.) of arrestees published publicly? Are arrest records public at all? If so, how would they be found?
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Who would be responsible for returning the damage deposit if landlords changed but no contract was made

If the damage deposit was paid to one person, who was going to be the acting landlord, but the situation changed and the money was given to the actual landlord, who would be responsible to returning ...
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Words/sentences prohibited in legal/administrative documents

I'm trying to find if there exist a list of words who cannot be written (forbidden - or highly avoided) in US legal documents ?
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Why do software licenses use passive voice?

I've been researching user-readable software licenses, and it strikes me that even as they get simpler and cut words, they always start with a wordy passive-voice construction: MIT: Permission is ...
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Is it legal to sell a product with a class 3 laser in Western Australia?

Say the object isn't handheld and therefore doesn't meet the definition for laser pointer.
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Is it legally required for districts to be contiguous?

I was reading about Shaw v. Reno, a case about a congressional district that was altered on the basis of the race of its voters. Is there a law (precedent or statutory) which requires congressional ...
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Can a physician refuse to see patients that are not referred by their primary care physician?

In Massachusetts, USA, can a physician refuse to see patients that are not referred by their primary care physician? (Even patients whose health insurance does not require a referral for the ...
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Are there legal reasons to maintain addresses for my clients?

If I'm opening a hosting company and would there be any legal reason or requirement to obtain the home or business addresses of my clients?
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Can Apple be found in violation of antitrust laws for Apple Music?

Spotify, Rdio, Pandora and certainly others that I haven't heard of are all competing for a spot on iOS while Apple's Music software is both bundled and cannot be uninstalled. Are there parallels here ...
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Have “objection to” vs. “acceptance of” a treaty reservation ever had different effects?

The Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties has provisions with regards to action a state may take in response to a reservation to a treaty. Assume that Article 20 (1-3) do not apply. Article 21: ...
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If someone's record has been expunged, can they legally say that they have not been arrested?

If someone applies for a job and the application asks whether they've ever been arrested, can they legally say on the application that they have not been arrested before? Note: Case was dismissed ...
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Is it legal for me to buy a book and resell bits and pieces of it (artwork or poems for example)?

For example, I take a poetry book and cut out the poems, frame them, and sell them individually. Or I take a book with Star Wars™ art and cut out the pictures and decoupage a dresser and offer it ...
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Recording a phone conversation with customer support/sales

I understand the law about private communications in person and over the phone not allowing recording. However, in cases where a consumer records a conversation between him and a company offering them ...
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What legal protections exist against doxxing in the UK

Doxxing is the unfortunately growing phenomenon of having your personal data posted on public web sites, or even in commercial media (newspapers, TV/radio etc.) What, if any, laws does this break in ...
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Can I legally break my lease without repercussion if my apartment is in disrepair?

I recently rented a basement apartment, since I got there I noticed things wrong with it: Massive amount of spiders No light or railing on the staircase Kitchen light sometimes does not work fridge ...
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Are all interview questions that don't apply to essential functions illegal?

Let's say I want to assess how comfortable a candidate is with casual conversation, and if he would fit into our business culture. If I ask a question like "What kind of music do you like?", is that ...
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What recourse does someone have who was wrongfully arrested?

What recourse does someone have who was wrongfully arrested, and what outcome can someone expect from that recourse, in general and/or in California? If the charges that person was arrested for are ...
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Is keeping an engagement ring theft?

Is keeping an engagement ring theft in New York City, NY, where he is the one who breaks the engagement, and no fault is claimed against her?
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Do you have to list ingredients in a food takeout business in New York State?

My wife just opened a food takeout business in New York State. She sells coffee, sandwiches, salads, pastas, danishes, and the like. Some of the products, for example some salads, pastas, sandwiches ...
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Is a Supreme Court ruling the same as a law

When the U.S. Supreme Court decides something, does it apply everywhere right away or do we have to wait until laws are passed? Either way, what part of the Constitution says that, or which laws? ...
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Is debt a publicly tradeable commodity?

Suppose I have debt – student loans or something. So the bank and I have a contract that says I owe them $500. From what I understand, the bank can sell the contracted debt to some other ...
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Can I legally decompile my own binary code created by copyrighted compiler?

I've the following scenario: I've written some programming code which I own, but I lost the source code, however I've binary which was created by the compiler. Can I simply decode my own binary code ...
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Is there a law in Arkansas requiring foster children be adopted together, rather than individually?

I am currently a foster parent in Arkansas. One foster child lives with me, and the other three live with other foster parents. We're not sure yet, but it looks like the parents' rights will be ...
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Is it legal to post a photograph that I captured of a stranger in the street?

I captured a photograph in the street. The photograph includes people who I don't know. There is nothing in the photograph that I believe can offend anybody (e.g. no nude or illegal act). I just ...
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If something is due on a certain day, does it mean before the day starts or the end of that day?

If a contract is written such that a payment is due on day x does that mean it is due prior to that day or any time before 11:59pm on day x? For example I've heard of a property management company ...
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Is borrowing money laundering?

Suppose a person borrows money from a relative or friend, say, 10 million USD, without documentary evidence — the transaction is purely based on trust and cultural norms. If the borrower invests the ...
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How does a police officer / the state prove a particular breathalyzer reading was taken?

If a police officer takes a breathalyzer reading of someone, what kind of record proves to a court what the reading was? General US information and/or info about California are both appreciated.
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Why do some US States have a different age of consent for each gender?

Utah and 8 other US States have different ages of consent for each gender. Why is this?
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Which US laws would webcam spying break?

In the United States, which laws would spying on someone using their computer's webcam, without their permission and in private areas, break?
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What exactly does “Copyright © [year] [company]” on a website entail? [duplicate]

Almost every website has some variation of "Copyright © [year] [company]" at the bottom. Sometimes they also add "All rights reserved". What exactly do those terms entail? My biggest concern is this: ...
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Relationship between PL (Public Law) and USC (US Code)

I am learning about taxes. In discussing the jurisdiction to tax citizens, my course cites: P.L. 86-272, Section 101(b)(1) When I search for this text, I only find this: 5 U.S. Code § 381 - ...
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Consent to searches: Who wins “my-word-against-yours?”

Hypothetical Officer testifies citizen consented to be searched. Citizen denies consenting to be searched. There is no other evidence (that weighs net in favor of either party). Question Whom ...
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Why is it legal to give away for free a physical copy of copyrighted material that you bought, but not a digital copy?

After posting this question, another one, more obvious came to mind. If the "first sale doctrine" is a widespread law, and allows someone to give their whole collection of VHS or DVDs or vinyls for ...
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Does handing keys to police under duress constitute consent to search?

Suppose a police officer demands, through a closed window, to search your car or dwelling. Knowing your rights you say, "I do not consent to a search." The officer then declares, "I don't care ...
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What, if any, consequences exist in practice for “purchase required” sweepstakes & drawings?

I frequently see promotions like the following: "If [and only if] you make a purchase or donation, you will be entered into a drawing to win X." Larger and more conservative corporate sponsors of ...
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What liabilities do the police/CPS have if you are found innocent?

Being accused of a crime you did not commit is an expensive problem. The police may kick your door in and ransack your house looking for evidence. They may deprive you of your property (phones, ...
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Sentenced to death when pregnant

What happens if a female is sentenced to death while pregnant. Would the execution be delayed until she gave birth? Or even longer (e.g., until the child is weaned)?
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In California, if a baseball lands in my yard, is it legally mine?

Say some neighborhood kid was playing baseball and accidentally hit the ball into my yard. Theoretically, if I own the house or my lease permits, I have the right to control access to my yard and, ...
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Equivalent of the French SACEM in the USA?

In France, you can pay a yearly fee to an organisation called "SACEM" and use copyrighted works to make profit in various ways. Is there an equivalent in the USA?
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Legality of street webcams?

Let's say your house window is right in front of a famous monument, and you want to enable people to see it at any time of the day and night with a webcam. Obviously when you place the webcam towards ...
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Is it legal to buy second-hand vinyls?

I live in a town that has lots of second-hand stores that sell second-hand vinyl records, tapes, etc, for incredibly low prices. I recently bought the soundtrack from A Clockwork Orange for 1 dollar ...
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Are the people who sell pre-owned copyrighted media on sites such as Amazon breaking a law?

Say you buy a pre-owned (second-hand) copy of a movie on a website like, say, Amazon. AFAIK, no one who made the film or distributed it will ever see the color of your money, therefore, the prejudice ...
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If a software concept is discussed on the job, does the software company own the concept?

A few years ago I worked for a software company and we discussed several hundred different ideas for software, but never did any kind of testing or prototyping, we simply discussed the ideas. In other ...
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In Canada, is there a difference between province and territory?

As it goes, Canada is a country in North America, consisting of 10 provinces and 3 territories. Are there any legally significant differences between being a province compared to a territory? Do all ...
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Is it legal for a “ready-to-be-divorced” billionaire to donate all his money into foreign charity?

Is it legal for a preparing-to-file-for-divorce billionaire to donate all his money into a foreign charity, give up his current citizenship and then become a high official of said foreign charity if ...
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Could I medically or surgically modify my own child?

Keep in mind this is a hypothetical scenario. I was recently very surprised to find out that many males in the United States are circumcised shortly after birth. No one had ever told me (it's not a ...

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