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What does 'pursuant' entail?

I have an employment contract I'm signing and there's a clause for Assignment of Inventions that states pursuant to California Labor Code 2870. Does this imply that if I don't live in California, ...
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How broad can employment contracts be and still be enforcable?

I've seen some very broad terms used in contracts that an employee is required to sign before they start working for a company (or government). For example I've seen a contract saying that the ...
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How to win against a moving violation ticket that was issued different than what I had allegedly committed?

I was stopped by an officer that claimed I sped over a 30mph speed limit. When he saw that I have a radar detector, he proceeded to "cut me a break" and gave me a ticket for "failed to signal" (but I ...
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What legal reasons prevent this software vendor from including encryption in their code?

I am working on a software project that requires the use of a setup program. The one my company is using is InnoSetup. In their downloads page (http://www.jrsoftware.org/isdl.php) towards the bottom, ...
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Is it legal for Comcast to (apparently) require my SSN to obtain service?

I went to sign up for a new Comcast account online. They asked me for some basic billing info, but also asked for my DOB and SSN, which I'd rather not give to them out of concern about identity theft....
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Drafting for unofficial startup ownership

I have an advisor in my startup that I would like to get 1% anti-diluted ownership. However, because the company hasn't yet been incorporated, I can't actually issue out any shares. However, to make ...
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Check if a book is in the public domain?

How do you go about finding out if copyright on a book is expired? The particular book I'm looking at is from 1923 published in Europe, I live in Canada. Ideally I'd like a method to figure this ...
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What types of questions can I legally ask in a technical interview without violating Title VII

The HR department at my company is concerned about what can and cannot be asked in a technical interview for a software position. We are being told that under Title VII we cannot do the following: ...
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Is an electronic signature legally binding if one of the parties is hosting the contract?

When is an electronic signature (IP address, timestamp, and checkbox or PNG of the signature) on a contract legally binding? Can a contract be legally binding if it is hosted by one of the parties and ...
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When can an employer sue?

I've seen some pretty intense contracts employees must sign before starting work for a company. Some have very vague statements like "agree to abide by our code of ethics". My question is when can a ...
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is it an offence to remove someone else's hat?

Is it an offence to remove or knock off someone's hat without consent? An example would be A civilian removing a policeman's hat without using any force. A civilian removing another's baseball cap ...
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Is it legal to *prohibit* recording a conversation in Pennsylvania?

I went to a walk-in patient care facility earlier this evening, and asked the provider upon his entrance if I could record the interview. (I realize this feels adversarial, but I had a valid reason.) ...
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Is it legal for American politicians to accept donations from foreigners (non-American citizens)?

In recent years, several laws have been passed in Russia, which make it harder for foreign organizations to influence Russian politics. The critics of those laws regard them as undemocratic. Their ...
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Do Sunday working hours count towards overtime?

Apologies if this should be in Workforce Exchange... I live and work in Massachusetts, US as a full-time, paid hourly, retail worker. I work Wednesday though Sunday. In Massachusetts, I am entitled ...
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Legal Grounds and Claim to a Cease and Desist?

The Question I own a dot CO (example.co) domain name since August 2010. A certain company using the same name and similar domain name (dot COM) has been in the mark and publicly traded since late ...
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Are there circumstances in which the source of drugs used by police provides a defense to those accused of crimes involving the drugs?

Can the source of illegal drugs used by law enforcement constitutionally shield those illicitly involved with those drugs from liability? For example, if law enforcement uses a pharmacy's drugs to ...
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Using handicapped plackards from one state when vehicle is registered in another

I walk past a vehicle every day parked in a handicapped spot that doesn't look usable by anyone I would consider handicapped (a very lifted jeep). I don't want to sound like the arbiter of what is ...
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Earliest effective American Law

What is the earliest American federal law that could technically be used to prosecute someone today, that has not been overridden by another law? For the purposes of this question, we are talking ...
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Liability insurance requirements when renting a car

Traveling can be a somewhat confusing time, legally speaking, because the distant jurisdiction you're traveling in may have different requirements from your normal place or residence. And there's ...
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Legal implications of this prank going horribly wrong?

I remembered coming across this comic from Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. In this comic, Tommy replaces his boss' gun with a fake that just shoots out a "Bang!" flag. Later, he breaks into his ...
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If I can prove that my drawing/illustration was constructed from various image references, can't I be prosecuted?

Background: For my design work, I sometimes create portraits to illustrate campaigns and other media. In an effort to avoid mis-appropriating someone's likeness, I tend to draw from a collection of ...
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If one has committed illegal act A or B, but we cannot prove that A was committed or B was committed, is one generally proven guilty of a crime?

Imagine a scenario where you know beyond a reasonable doubt that somebody did something wrong, but you couldn't prove exactly what it was. It could have been A or B. But you cannot prove it was A ...
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Making forum data publicly available

I administrate an Internet forum that is available to anyone who register to it (and anyone may register). Can I legally create a dump of the forum data and share it publicly? The dump would only ...
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Can my Lawyer require a second opinion

My Lawyer has been pressuring me to settle. I have finally agreed. He has now sent me a letter telling me that he will not settle until I prove that I have gotten a second opinion from another lawyer ...
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As a Developer how should my contract be worded to protect against hacking

I am a web developer and have a contract for client based projects that has been improved over years and many projects. However after reading it this month I think that upgrading the section that ...
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Providing exam solutions?

Some universities do not provide solutions/mark-schemes to exam papers. If someone (e.g. a student) was to upload online (e.g. via a blog or in a document) solutions that they themselves have made ...
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Labor law: which state's law applies when firm has multiple locations?

I work at a firm in Massachusetts (USA) which was acquired in 2012 by a firm in Ohio. I came on board after the acquisition. Am I covered by Massachusetts labor law or Ohio? The particular ...
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Do speed-limit signs on portable speed displays have legal force?

As a traffic-calming measure, the local police department will place portable "your speed is" radar units in various places. These have a display showing your current speed and, below it, an ...
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Car collision but no damage: Call the police?

Recently one of my friends was involved in a bumper related collision during a rainy day. The collision resulted in no damage to either car. Would my friend at, this point, have been able to: 1. ...
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Private military activity

Is there any country that would legally allow a private military organization to take part in a military conflict outside of its own borders? For example, a private military agency established in ...
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Is it illegal to discriminate against refugees or immigrants based on their religion?

If you live in the U.S, or you keep up with U.S politics, you've probably heard how state governors aren't allowing Syrian refugees into their states, and some politicians only want to allow Christan ...
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Is the Soncino 1961 translation in the public domain?

Come-and-hear (an anti-Semitic drivel website) has the full text of the 1961 Soncino translation of the Babylonian Talmud. They claim it is in the Public Domain since The Babylonian Talmud: When ...
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Can suits be filed in small claims courts from overseas?

I often see freelancers suggesting to other freelancers to use the small claim courts to get paid when the client is in another country. Already with the small claim court, there's a maximum amount ...
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Can I self-classify my app for mass market encryption if I let the user choose the encryption scheme?

I am trying to get a mobile app published in the App Store. The app makes use of several standard encryption schemes (such as AES, Twofish, Serpent) provided by statically-linked OpenSSL and Crypto++ ...
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Is it possible to license only parts of a derivative work?

This is kind of a follow-up question to one I asked earlier. I thought that if I generalize it, it would be better to ask it separately. I want to create a derivative work of another work, which is ...
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Can you use other company's brand or logo in your own marketing campaigns?

Company X is an online betting app for Football (soccer). They want to advertise on twitter or facebook for upcoming matches between certain football clubs and tell their users that they can start to ...
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Declare some land national forest

Many have heard of the Tree that Owns Itself in Athens, Ga. According to the Wikipedia article "Such a deed, even if it did exist, would have no legal standing." So my question is, could I donate ...
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List of things that are illegal to sell online?

I'm looking for a list of products/things/services that are illegal to sell online. Preferably not just things that are illegal to sell in person as well. For instance, I believe it is illegal to ...
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Does a state governor have the power to prevent immigration into their state?

In response to the recent Paris attacks, the governor of Alabama recently said this: Alabama governor Robert Bentley is refusing to allow Syrian refugees to relocate to Alabama. “After full ...
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Must doctors and other medical practicioners give treatments based on science? [closed]

I went to see a counsellor at my university and he said he wanted to do dream interpretation with me. After talking to other doctors and google searching, I found dream interpretation is complete ...
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Is something including an unmodified work considered a derivative work?

Let's say I want to publish a book which contains an extract of a Wikipedia article. I don't want to modify the extract in any way, I just want to copy it into my book. Wikipedia text seems to be ...
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Is hiring based on appearance as well as skills allowed?

Suppose I run a Japanese restaurant business, and I would like to hire a live-kitchen chef who would be making food in front of the customers. Of course I would like to get a chef who is very skilled ...
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Spouse hiding money

Can a lawyer request payslips from an employer? I am separated and my spouse is hiding money in a separate account in an attempt to pay less maintenance. Any advice? My location is South Africa. ...
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Can an customised open source prject be protected by IP law

My designer created a logo for me using an open source design (with slight change). I wasn't aware of it uptill I visited colombia and saw a merchant selling T-shirt with the same design. Now I want ...
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What happens to the possessions of a deceased Jane/John Doe?

This is kind of a morbid question, but I'm writing a story where a homeless teenager from Seattle winds up dead in Portland, Oregon. She is identified eventually, but she has no legal guardian, living ...
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Use material without permission for educational purposes

For a school project I created a website. The website is public, therefore anyone can access it if they know the address. On my website I use images that I don't have permission to use. (Found on ...
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Is the article in the Stanford Law and Policy Review (see below) actually referring to the Telecommunications act of 1996?

While reading this article in the Stanford Law and Policy Review, I came across references to the Telecommunications Act of 1996 stating that: Under the Telecommunications Act of 1996, different ...
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Meaning of uppercase paragraphs in software licenses

For example, in the MIT license we find this paragraph: THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF ...
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What are the steps to follow to use sample from a movie in song?

I wrote a song and I'd like to insert in it a dialogue extracted from a movie. Since I believe the original source is covered by copyrights, I'd like to understand how to proceed to get the permission ...
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Relevance of providing “warning” and having “reasons” before withdrawal in McPherson v BNP Paribas

This question refers to the case MacPherson v. BNP Paribas IRLR 558. Mr McPherson withdrew his claim on medical grounds. In paragraph 31 he appears to be implicitly criticised by the Court of Appeal ...

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