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Is it ever a good idea to volunteer for a “photo line up”?

Many years ago I was walking down the street when several patrol cars quickly pulled up, police jumped out and sternly stated, "Stop. Can I see some ID?" (with hands on guns/tasers ready for a chase). ...
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What is the difference between CC-BY-SA with attribution and MIT with attribution?

You may have seen The MIT License – Clarity on Using Code on Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange and A New Code License: The MIT, this time with Attribution Required. But I'm no legal expert, and I'm ...
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Can a young US Vice President follow in the line of succession?

As far as I know, the VPOTUS (Vice President of the United States) has no age limitations. With that, could a 30 year-old VPOTUS serve as president under the line of succession in the event the POTUS ...
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A Code License for Stack Exchange

There have been heated discussions(1 2) over what license should be used to cover the code posted on Stack Exchange because the CC-BY-SA license is inadequate. Both have been received with criticism ...
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Left Job with all acounts, etc. with personal email

I have worked at a startup company for the past year, and I have decided to leave the company after a rough end. The company was basically falling apart, everyone was fighting with each other and the ...
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For a website owner's ToS to shield him/her from liability, does it have to be written in terms of a proper legal entity, like an LLC?

Suppose Bob and Terry Jones own the domain example.org, and are going to start a website called ExamplePedia. It will be a lot like Wikipedia: a non-profit, web 2.0 site, hosting collaboratively ...
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Labor union for lawyers

Are there labor unions for lawyers? Not all lawyers are self-employed. Especially in the big offices there is a majority of employed, especially young lawyers. The conditions are quite hard here, ...
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Website shows which Powerball ticket combos have been picked

Recently it has been big news that the Powerball lottery has grown to record jackpot sizes and if no winner by Saturday it could hit 2 billion dollars. There are roughly 2.92 million possible ...
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Does an apparently abandoned car become my property if it's parked on my land?

In South Carolina (USA), if a car is left on somebody else's land, does it become their car after a certain amount of time has passed? Is there any obligation in the land owner to attempt to find or ...
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Under what conditions is it possible or required to change one's own affidavit?

What are the options if a fact witness in a civil case writes an affidavit that is filed with the court and later finds out that the affidavit is simply wrong? For example, the affidavit said that ...
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Software acknowledgement exposure

I am developing a commercial consumer product and around 90 percent of the development is software related. Maybe even more to be completely honest. Some components of my software uses open source ...
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Does studying philosophy make you a better law student more than other subjects?

Though many excellent jurisprudents have studied philosophy, I recognise the Fallacy of Composition and so the question is: do philosophy enhances someone's abilities as a law student more than other ...
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Is there a difference between “illegal activity” and “criminal activity”?

What is the difference in meaning and use of the phrases "illegal activity" and "criminal activity"? Is one broader than the other?
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Social Security Card Uses?

In my years living in the United States, I've used my SSN several times, but I've never been required to use my Social Security Card. Is there any process or activity that requires the card that your ...
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IP rights for using quotes?

If someone sells something associated to a famous quote from someone or something, how would they ensure that they are within the law to be able to do so? I'm very curious about how this would work ...
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What can be done if work is completed on a vehicle without consent in the United States?

Let's say you take your car to a dealership to get X and Y completed and you get a quote for $1000. You aren't contacted about any additional work that needed to be completed, but when you come to ...
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Do any English legal terms lack clear translations into other languages?

I am looking for correct translations of English legal terms. Any language is welcome as target language, but let me ask just for French. (Maybe somebody from Canada knows very well and can help ...
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Is it an offence to ignore a portable traffic light

This is a question about laws regarding traffic lights in the UK. When companies are carrying out works on or near roads they sometimes put up their own lights to control traffic and keep it flowing....
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Why is “time is of the essence” needed?

I do not understand why the clause "time is of the essence" would be necessary? If a contract states that something needs to be done on a certain date, isn't it clearly a violation if that is not done?...
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How do they decide if a contract is violated bad enough then it's all invalid?

My understanding is that a material noncompliance means that a party has breached the agreement so severely, the agreement no longer holds, and the other party can sue for damages. Who decides if a ...
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Must a health insurance in the United States provide a listing of procedure and diagnosis codes that are covered upon request?

I wonder whether a health insurance in the United States must provide a listing of procedure and diagnosis codes that are covered, if requested by a policyholder? In my opinion, the listing of ...
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How to correct an LLC Entity Name in California?

I recently purchased an LLC via LegalZoom and they made a mistake by adding a comma in my LLC Name. I was told that I had to cough up over $150 just to get it corrected through them so I wanted to do ...
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What options does a wife have for cashing a check made out to both husband and wife?

The specific situation in mind is a check from an insurance company in payment for an insurance claim for damages to a home jointly owned by H and W. The check is made out to both. It was sent to ...
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Possible to receive compensation as part of a class right after the submission deadline?

A friend and I learned that we are a members of a class moments before the deadline to submit the required forms for the settlement. That deadline was approved by a judge, and therefore I think it is ...
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Custom Car Software and Liability

I'm curious about a hypothetical case. Let's say I were to develop custom software for a closed system on a car, and released it under a standard open source license that had all the typical ...
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Copyright question about Darth Vader

I'm writing an essay about heroes and villains and I want to include Darth Vader. The question is whether I need permissions to write about a character? I plan on selling the piece.
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3 month notice versus 1 month notice

I do not want to serve a complete notice period (3 months) for the MNC (multi-national company) in India I currently work for. I would like to serve only one month notice period, and although I am ...
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Avoiding law suits with product comparisons

Upstate NY here, although this is more an internet-level question w.r.t. law. Also, an initial disclaimer: Although my particular use case does not involve Pepsi in any way/shape/form, I'm going to ...
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YouTube - fair / allowed / legal use - is it OK to record music performances?

Quite often I take a GoPro / iPhone and record fragments of a music performance. Quite often I upload the content to YouTube. Quite often I receive following message: The copyright holder, which ...
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Listing clubs and businesses

If I created an android/IOS app that listed the names of businesses/clubs (leisure such as golf, etc.) would I need the consent of each club/business or would I be able to list their addresses without ...
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To what extent can a public college regulate the speech of its students?

My community college's "Student Rights" webpage states that the College District will not tolerate any discriminatory behavior on the part of its students. Now, I'm not advocating discrimination, but ...
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What's the difference between a clause, provision, condition and term?

In a contract, what's the difference between a clause, provision, condition and term? They seem to all refer to the same thing to me - which is basically any self contained point or requirement.
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Does “Roommate Law” apply to Mitchell Lama apartments in NYC

New York State has a law that says that landlords cannot prevent tenants from having a roommate. http://codes.findlaw.com/ny/real-property-law/rpp-sect-235-f.html Does this apply to the Mitchell ...
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Is consent required by law to take a picture or to record audio / video of a conference talk?

Is consent required by law to take a picture or to record audio / video of a conference talk? Assume that the conference does not explicitly prohibit unauthorized audio and visual recordings of the ...
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Do US companies have an obligation to protect of personal information?

Under the European law, companies have an obligation to protect personal data. Do US companies have the same obligations?
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Music Royalties

I am currently in the process of creating an online radio. We are almost done and ready to kick off. The radio is based on artists coming to us and sending/uploading their songs for them to be played ...
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The legislative limitations on web pages mirroring

Are there legislative limitations on web pages mirroring? Let me explain the task. If to publish some article with HTTP links in any web site, the source of information that has been used could be ...
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Why are residential leases so much in favor of the landlord in the US?

I've been reading example leases and was surprised to see how much power the landlord has in the US, at least compared to Canada. For example, at least in BC, landlords must allow tenants to sublet or ...
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Can terminated licenses in EULAs be revived?

If a user hacks their video game while the EULA of their video game says that the license will be terminated upon hacking, is it possible in any way to gain back the license once it's terminated or is ...
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Grand Jury and criminal procedure

In the US, would you consider hearings before a Grand Jury part of the criminal procedure/process? I would say it is not, because it happens before indictment, and I assume that there is not a ...
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What license pertains to the commit history of a open source repository?

Asking since some people on Stack Overflow recommended this is a more appropriate area. If someone scrapes the commit history of a repository, does this data have a license? Or does the repository ...
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Can my phone provider legally upgrade my phone OS without my consent?

I wonder whether my phone provider can legally upgrade my phone's operating system without my consent. I am most interested in the United States, especially California and Massachusetts.
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Asking a bank to sign a contract?

I was given an opportunity to receive a $1,000.00 bonus for opening a bank account; however, the bank claims that they will "revert the bonus" if the account is closed within six months. The bank ...
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Legality of using pre made dictionaries in my online dictionary applet

I am currently creating an online dictionary. All of my information is coming from hard copy dictionaries that I have found online in PDF form and other PDFs which I am not sure where the information ...
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Is it necessary to state in a contract that if one part is found unenforceable, the rest still is?

I've seen in some contracts clauses stating something like If a term or condition is found to be unenforceable, the rest of the contract still remains in affect. Is this necessary? Unless ...
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In a contract, should exceptions be stated to a clause if they're required by law?

Should a clause state possible exceptions to make it clear they will comply with the law? For example "no animals in the building" may be seen as discrimination against people with guide dogs, so ...
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Are prosecutors members of the bar?

In the so-called common-law countries (or common law adversarial system, or common law jurisdictions) are prosecutors members of the (state) bar? If so, is that a requirement? If so, does that mean ...
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Returning one product when several were purchased at the same time

I have bought two products (services): specifically two parts of a university training course (ITT (Initial Teacher Training) and masters units leading to PGCE). Both are sold separately. I no longer ...
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What is a contract and what is required for them to be valid?

What is a contract? What elements are required for validity?
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Copyright IP of own effort and the boundaries of “Capital asset” in IRS tax law, wrt. donations

In "Instructions for Form 8283"1, it says you can donate and deduct: Intellectual property. The FMV of intellectual property must be reduced to figure the amount of your deduction, as explained ...

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