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Do you need a gambling licence to create a website where you stake virtual items?

In the game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive you have virtual items (skins) which have a community market value in most cases, in other cases it has a perceived value outside the market (if the item ...
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How would Dr. Richard Kimble go about getting himself declared innocent at the end of The Fugitive?

So I just finished watching The Fugitive. At the end of the film and takes him into custody. However, at that moment, in the eyes of the law, Kimble is guilty of murdering his wife. How would Dr. ...
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Can the Developer of a Program be penalized if it is used illegally?

If a developer writes a program, for example a password cracker or a code decipher, and it is used illegally, will the developer or the user get punished? A password cracker could be used, for example,...
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Provisional patent vs complete patent?

I am quite confused as to the protection that a provisional patent offers in Australia. Does a provisional patent offer the same protection as a complete patent? Is it necessary to have a patent ...
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Sexually Discriminatory Uniform

In my school/sixth form the uniform policy states that girls are not allowed to wear trousers and boys are not allowed to wear skirts. Despite multiple attempts to come to a civil solution to this ...
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Landlords liability for white goods

I have just rented a property in England. The house has a built-in cooker, but the markings on the oven panel for temperature and the different modes (grill/defrost/fan settings etc.) are completely ...
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What is the penalty for illegitimate quoting?

I recently saw this Tweet and it made me wonder, in general, can a person be penalized for attributing a false quote to another person? If so, what would that penalty be? If it’s a law, is it a state ...
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Setting up two corporations to split profits and reduce tax brackets

Let's say I am receiving income in a corp from multiple entities for consulting services and most of the money I make I keep in my company to potentially pay out dividends in future years. Would it ...
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Is there a recourse against UPS for not delivering packages on time?

I have a "new" address and ZIP code that appears to confuse UPS and consistently causes them to delay delivery of packages to me. I've tried filing complaints with UPS itself, but to no avail: I ...
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How can a US Citizen lose citizenship?

I recall reading that it is very difficult to lose U.S. citizenship. For example, that you can pledge alliance to another country and still remain a U.S. citizen. Is this true? If this is the case, ...
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Why are judges allowed to read news and media opinions?

I find it interesting that apparently judges are allowed to read news and opinions about the litigation in front of them, whereas juries would not be. Why is there such a distinction, and are there ...
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How hard should a car insurance company try to keep a policy holder up to date?

This is a situation that I find myself in currently, albeit much abbreviated: The insurance for our car was due to be renewed. Having not heard from the company, we logged into the on-line portal ...
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How might the mention of “the acquis” amongst the principles of an international treaty affect its interpretation?

The Tripartite free-trade agreement was recently signed between various African nations, and includes the following text in its principles: The principles governing this Agreement shall be the ...
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Can you patent a card game?

I have created a card game, the idea is somewhere between poker and slots. I hope to create a website to monetise the game but do not know whether I am able to patent the game in order to stop big ...
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What do you do if you get bothersome local calls to an international number?

I've come to an issue that FCC.gov's DoNotCall.gov list does not accept Canadian area codes. However, I kept getting unwanted calls from several American companies trying to scam me with their ...
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How do you collect evidence to sue for robocalling?

What's the best way to collect evidence to be prepared to sue for robocalling like in King v Time Warner Cable, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 14-02018 (conclusion in html / ...
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Is it a crime to take out a loan with no intention to repay?

This question on Money.SE concerned a person who had taken out a number of loans. He didn't intend to repay these loans in full, planning instead to default and leave the country. Several posters on ...
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If no open source license is given on a github account, what rules apply?

The GitHub help pages says that You're under no obligation to choose a license. It's your right not to include one with your code or project, but please be aware of the implications. Generally ...
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What prevents me from using vehicle anti-theft laws to regain possession of an impounded car in Maryland?

My car was impounded in MD due to expired tags. I've since paid the state and county fines for this, but the county police use a private impound lot which charges exorbitant fees for storage. MD law ...
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Why is “as is” in quotes in the GPL?

In the GPL, why do they put quotes around the phrase here: EXCEPT WHEN OTHERWISE STATED IN WRITING THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND/OR OTHER PARTIES PROVIDE THE PROGRAM “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY ...
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When is it okay as a retail store owner to refuse service to a customer?

I was reading about the bakery that has been fined for refusing to provide a cake for a lesbian couple: http://jezebel.com/bakery-that-refused-to-bake-cake-for-lesbian-couple-mus-1715747809 ... and ...
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Who regulates wireless radio communication in North America and Europe?

Wireless technologies, such as Wi-Fi, cellular 4G networks and satellite communication are all radio-based under the hood. Meaning that they all send and receive radio signals, inside of regulated ...
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UK second hand car - should catalytic converter be covered under Sale of Goods Act?

I recently bought a second hand car from a fairly small dealership. Within 60 miles of driving the engine management light came on. I took it back and they diagnosed the problem as being the catalytic ...
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Is the description of number of rooms prescriptive or descriptive in Massachusetts condo docs?

We live in a three-unit condo, with three trustees (one per unit) who act by majority vote. We're interested in adding a second bathroom to ours — by converting an existing small room rather than ...
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Legal term for negotiator

For some reason I've been looking for an official term for a person or company (agent?) acting on behalf of other organization (principal?). Example is company A wants to construct a factory in ...
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Is it necessary to renew a tenancy agreement which states: “Expire on (but continuing thereafter by virtue of statute..)”

I have been living in UK for 10 years, lived in 5 different places. Only one of my previous landlords used to renew the contract every year. By renewing I mean signing a new contract and new dates but ...
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Pay electricity bill after being evicted on no contract?

I moved into a house and started paying rent of $110 per week however I was unaware that none of the other tenants (and hence myself) were on a contract so we were essentially squatters. The ...
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What are possible motives for avoiding insurance in an auto accident?

My parked car was involved in a hit and run accident outside of my house. Luckily, one of my neighbors saw the incident happen and the other driver ended up getting caught and cited by the police for ...
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Log Viewing Specific Patient PHI?

Under the HIPAA and HITECH Regulations (US) is it required for a system to record an audit trail for every time a user accesses any PHI(Protected Health Information)? As I understand it, an audit ...
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What licenses and registrations are required to start a home business repackaging food in NY?

I'd like to start a home business repackaging food in New York State in the US. For example, let's say I'm buying 10kg bags of rice from the supermarket and I want to put them into jars each ...
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Are there any laws the require subscription services to be prorated?

I'm reading the terms of use for Gogo Inflight, and in the part about refunds it says they aren't going to prorate your service if you cancel, then it says, "subject to applicable laws." Are there ...
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Can I be sued for posting a night picture of the Eiffel Tower under CC-BY-SA?

I am an American tourist visiting France, and take a picture of the Eiffel Tower at night, the tower being the main and central subject of the picture. Going back to the US, I upload this picture to ...
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What does the long underscore in United States case citations stand for?

United States court cases are commonly cited like this: Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. ___ (2015) So... what is "___" here?
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Master Service Agreement templates in Japanese?

My company has started doing business with several Japanese clients and we are moving beyond a letter of intent to a master service agreement. We have a standard template we use for all of our clients;...
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Can one be liable for poisoning food one expects to be stolen?

A friend of mine posted about how someone keeps stealing her food at work, and I recommended she lace it with some insanely hot hot sauce. Someone else commented that she could be liable for ...
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Why was the due process clause added to the 14th Amendment?

The 5th Amendment and the 14th Amendment both have due process clauses. The texts are almost identical: The Fifth Amendment: [N]or shall any person . . . be deprived of life, liberty, or property, ...
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Can a debt collection agency tell a half truth about who they are?

I am in Washington state. Recently, I've been receiving calls from Conserve, a company that provides private and confidential services to private and public companies (as stated by the agent on the ...
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Can a company handle paying taxes and other bureaucracy work for a freelancer

Pardon my terminology. I'm very much not a lawyer, but I used to watch Ally McBeal as a kid, so I think I got the hang of this. This is actually a subset of a vastly larger problem, so the ...
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Can US courts be made to define whether a given search is reasonable (i.e. constitutional)?

In 2014, regarding the forced disclosure of the encryption keys of his email service provider company Lavabit, Ladar Levison wrote: The largest technological question we raised in our appeal (which ...
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Is it legal to directly tie a campaign donation to how a US Congressman votes on a bill?

If you had a connection to a congressman, and spoke to him directly, and said vote yes (or no) on a bill and I will give your upcoming campaign $1M dollars, would that be considered legal under US law?...
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Can a Texas landlord have the rental contract microscopic / unreadable?

My landlord in Texas has the whole residential lease contract formatted for Legal paper, but, for whichever reason, they instead print the PDF as zoomed out on Letter, and the whole thing becomes ...
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Why the same-sex marriage Supreme Court decision applies also to Puerto Rico when the Fourteen Amendment does not apply to territories?

This is in relation to a comment on this question that I also made. In one of the comments, one of the users made this statement: The Fourteenth Amendment talks about states (and Puerto Rico is ...
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What are the legal implications if a borrower gets a loan through reporting “illegal” income?

Suppose a borrower applied for, and got a mortgage from a bank, by reporting an income for several years of say, $100,000 a year. Suppose this borrower had zero legal income during this time, but had ...
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Is there a (preferably free) way to search small claims court records in the UK?

I want to check up on a second hand car dealer in the UK to see if they've had any small claims court cases against them (and preferably the result of these cases). Is there any publicly available ...
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What would happen if copyright were extended (almost) indefinitely?

In the past, copyright terms have been repeatedly extended, and some people have called for extensions that would effectively make copyright eternal, such as terms of 10.000 years or "forever minus ...
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What is a “revolution”?

Texas v. White is generally regarded as the case that established that US states cannot unilaterally secede. The majority opinion stated that the union between Texas and the other States could not be ...
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How is Texas eviction process different from California's?

For people moving from California to Texas (the direction of the migration is paramount and hard to dispute), and who may be familiar with the eviction process in California, what would be the ...
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Can California landlords protect against tenants paying retainer instead of rent?

I've heard that in San Francisco, with a landlord that's not on top of his things, and a tenant who doesn't care about his credit report, it would be cheaper to withhold rent and pay a retainer ...
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Can non-lawyers help people study law and do small claims?

Can a self-taught enthusiast in an unrelated occupation, without a law degree, without any sort of formal legal education nor bar admittance, help other people study law? What would be the ...
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Petition or Motion: Finding practical court procedures and rules

Many of the processes for navigating a court can be found online in the state or federal code and rules that govern the court. But not all of them. I tried the following test: Imagine I'm involved ...

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