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When is a subtenant entitled to have their security deposit returned?

Halfway through last year, I subleased my apartment unit and moved to a new location. I received a security deposit equal to the monthly rate paid by my subtenant. My rental company has informed me ...
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Does the Icelandic government recognise ULC-officiated marriages?

Is a marriage officiated by an ordained Universal Life Church minister (and performed in the country) legally recognised in Iceland? The Wikipedia page on the ULC only lists US states and this site ...
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Best way to explain sublicensable (through multiple tiers)?

I'd like to find a succinct definition of what it means in a software license agreement, to make the license "sublicensable (through multiple tiers)". Ideally this would be a definition that could be ...
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What international law requires armed police to be present in international airports?

Among its reasons for reintroducing weapons into Solomon Islands' police force, RAMSI states that Under international conventions it is a requirement that all international airports maintain an ...
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Copyright of user-generated content

My partner and I created a pre-employment testing website. Users come to our site, pick and choose questions they like from our library and then invite their candidates to take the test. We (owners ...
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Copyright infringement of 10 second music clip

I have recently created an animation/parody of famous song and have added about an 8 second clip of the song as the background audio for my animation. However, I would like to post the animation (...
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Can an ISP respond to a DMCA counter notice on behalf of a user?

We are an ISP, allowing our users to write reviews of their educational experience. Normally the users' free speech rights are protected through the Communications Decency Act, Anti-SLAPP statutes, ...
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How do I find out who to contact for copyright permission for sheet music?

I want to make a website hosting a large collection of sheet music from many different artists to be viewed online, but I have no idea how to go about getting permissions to do this. If I had to take ...
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How can I classify and pay contributors in my open source project?

I am setting up an "open" source project. The source code is available for educational and personal use and modification but not for selling or redistribution. In this project, I expect that many ...
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What are the rules on businesses that wish to only hire attractive females?

Many businesses feature beautiful female employees as part of their business plan and service offering. Examples include: Hooter's waitresses Sportclips stylists A small chain of drive-thru smoothies ...
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What information must be removed from judicial decisions in France when made public?

According to (1), anyone in France may ask for a copy of a judicial decision. If one decides to make it available publicly, e.g. on a website, the National Commission on Informatics and Liberty (CNIL) ...
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Why do judges wear costumes?

Many judges often wear robes in the courtroom, but sometimes, they also wear it outside of the courtroom. Where did the robes originate, and why do judges (and lawyers) wear them? For example, the ...
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Is using Nazi symbol in India offensive?

I wanted to know whether using hitler's quote / Nazi symbol / Photo in car, social networking sites considered offensive in India ? Will it lead to legal issues ?
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Are there situations where it is legal to threaten someone with a gun but not legal to fire the gun?

One of the essential rules of firearm safety is to never point a gun at anything or anyone you do not intend to shoot. It also seems to be a consensus that whenever it wouldn't be lawful to shoot ...
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Texas District Attorneys - Law Is Merely A Suggestion?

Art. 2.01. DUTIES OF DISTRICT ATTORNEYS of the TEXAS CODE OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE, CHAPTER 2. GENERAL DUTIES OF OFFICERS states: It shall be the primary duty of all prosecuting attorneys, including ...
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FOIA for legal fees?

I would like to find out how much my school district is paying a private lawyer to work on a particular matter. Can I use FOIA (the Freedom of Information Act) or a similar state statute for this ...
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What is the legal grounds for the MA approved gun roster?

In Massachusetts, the attorney general's office ruled, many years ago, that only guns that they approve of, which have certain features, are legal to sell in the state. This regulation claimed to ...
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Is a reference made using the word “the” different from a reference made using the word “said”?

In the following sentence: A building with a wall for painting text and drawings, in which said wall is painted with a layer of opaque ink, and in which said wall is painted with a message. the wall ...
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What is the Underlying Meaning of the Phrase “no reason to believe”?

I've searched online for this, to no avail. In a dispute where attorneys are involved on one or both sides, what is an attorney signalling, in terms of legal strategy (i.e. beyond the literal meaning ...
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President-Elect Succession

If the Electoral College elects a future President and that person dies before taking office, would the Vice-President elect become President?
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Apps Privacy Policy on a site

Suppose I have an android app on Google Play. They encourage publishers to have EULAs and Privacy Policies for each app. Suppose I put my EULA and Policies on some simple site (web page). For example, ...
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Person Parked on my Property

Assume I own a property where parking is a premium, such as a beach house. What can I do to prevent people from parking in my yard rather than paying for municipal parking? What markings would be ...
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Movie Licensing

Not sure if this is the right place to ask, but here we go... I am planning to create a VR game where the user will be able to watch movies. One of the issues I have thought about would be licensing ...
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Am I legally able to use lethal force against a police officer in defense of another?

Hypothetically, let's say I come across a police officer about to discharge his firearm at a person laying face down on the ground, hands in my clear view, clearly (to me) unarmed and apparently ...
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Tennants have not been informed that the house has been sold

I rent a house that the landlord is trying to sell, and the landlord said I have 3 months to leave from when he has found a buyer. The estate agents have found a buyer, but they have not yet informed ...
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Why aren't all people with warrants arrested immediately?

I've been watching a lot of episodes of the TV series Cops lately. A common scenario in this show is that when the police catch somebody who ran from them and ask why they ran they get the answer that ...
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Media consent form for summer camp

We have a media consent form that parents have signed for the campers at our summer camp. The wording is as follows: The Participant identified below desires to participate in the [insert summer ...
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What does the phase “general interest” mean in trademark law?

Several USPTO trademarks use the phrase "general interest" in the goods and service description. For example: Goods & services: hardware allowing the user to stream video of general interest. ...
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Jurisdiction in wrongful death lawsuits?

In the case of a wrongful death lawsuit involving a manufactured part, where is the jurisdiction? Is it where the accident occurred or where the manufacturer is located. For example, let's say an ...
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Can police tow my car out of my driveway?

I have a car in working condition. The license plates expired a few months ago, and I have only driven it since then to move it around in my driveway. The local police department placed a sticker on ...
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Apartment leaser refuses to fix or acknowledge broken phone jack/lines

I've got broken phone lines coming into my apartment, which four technicians have confirmed (when trying to hook up DSL for my internet service). My apartment lessor refuses to acknowledge the issue ...
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What freedoms does a US citizen give up and/or retain under martial law, and who has the power to declare it and why?

I guess I'm asking more or less of the legal definition of martial law and any details surrounding that term?
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Credit scores & defamation

Suppose you apply for a loan and are denied or are offered undesirable terms on the basis of a bad credit score as reported by one of the reporting bureaus. After reviewing your report you find ...
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Reading comprehension for law: source material

I have no legal training, but suddenly find myself, as a part of my duties, asked to read legal documents, -- principally regulations, draft regulations, and tribunal outcomes -- in a nominated non-...
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Can you patent a math formula?

Today I saw this video about this video game called No Man's Sky. They say Hello Games - the creater of No Man's Sky - is possibly using a math formula patented by another compony. This really ...
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Internet Domains and Trademarks

I have owned a domain in the U.S. for last sixteen years. A foreign entity, who started operations in their country of origin (in Europe), filed a conflicting trademark in their own country in the 70'...
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How to say “a.s.a.p.” in a formal contract

I want to send a worker a contract that I will pay "a.s.a.p.". Is there a better way to write it in a contract? I feel it is better to specify a date, but it might look even worse than a.s.a.p. to ...
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Jurisdiction of Texas Rangers in Louisiana?

I understand that Texas Rangers are responsible for killing Bonnie& Clyde in North Louisiana. Is it lawful for a Texas Police Agent to engage a citizen in New York City?
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Rent increase with 2 offers in California Bay Area

I just received my rent increase notice and noticed that there are 2 offers: One year lease contract would increase my rent by 10% Month-to-month leasing with the amount from #1 + $500. I got this ...
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Is it illegal to download cracked software one has purchased?

Assuming someone purchases a piece of software, but due to an error, has to wait for an arbitrary amount of time to download the software, would it be a criminal act to download or use a cracked ...
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UPDATE: What are the legal consequences for serving in a jury if you are not eligible because you are not a citizen?

I got a jury summons letter last week and was asked to be in court Monday. I went and was there for 5 - 6 hours deliberating with other jurors whether or not this guy should've gotten a speeding ...
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Intellectual Property Issues associated with a Public Speach?

Can a public speech be copyrighted or otherwise protected with regard to intellectual property ?? (with regard to Melania Trump’s speech before the Republican National Convention)
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What action can I take if an employer asks me to work more than 48 hours per week?

According to the working time directive: You can’t work more than 48 hours a week on average Suppose that an employee has been coerced into working more than 48 hours a week. According to the same ...
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If a US citizen in the US voluntarily works for free for Sci-Hub, is she in any trouble?

Sci-Hub gives free access to gated journal articles. In the US, Sci-Hub is in a legal grey area (if not outright illegal). Let's say for example that a US citizen based in the US volunteers to spruce ...
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Law in fiction: acquittal of Moriarty in *Sherlock* TV series

[clarification: I'm posting this question here because it is arguably a better forum than scifi.SE] In "The Reichenbach Fall" (Sherlock season 2, episode 3), Jim Moriarty breaks into the Jewel House ...
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Can maps from Google Maps be used in school presentation?

I'm doing a presentation for a class in college. Am I allowed to include images of Google Maps? To clarify, I'm not using the actual photographs or street views of google maps, just the street names. ...
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What type of legally binding document do I need to offer my own services and make a client responsible for their use of my own deliverables?

Lengthy question. I offer software analysis services. I can tell a business what technology they need, how to put it together, and give them the materials to start hiring developers with. I don't want ...
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Does charging people to drive them around the city make you a taxi service in the UK?

Consider the following scenario in the UK? I'll pick up 1-3 people unknown to me beforehand with my privately owned and privately insured vehicle I'll drive them around the city for an agreed amount ...
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Does the “natural born Citizen” requirement for presidency violate the ICERD?

Article two, clause five of the United States Constitution states: No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, ...
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Commercial company want to use the name of our game

We have a community linked to an open source game, that we have been maintaining in our free time for some years. Our name is quite nice, as it is related to our unique mod we built on top of that ...

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