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GMO Patents: Organism specifc or generic

If a patentee actually expresses recombinant gene-X in organism-A does that give him the right to also claim this gene-X in other organisms? All other organisms? If not how broadly? Too broad sounds ...
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Proving Theft From a Store

If the burden of proof lies on the plaintiff, how could the plaintiff prove the defendant didn't pay for an item removed from a store. From what I understand a negative can't be proven. In this case ...
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Consumer rights (UK) - OEM operating system purchased on the basis on invalid requirements

Let's say I purchase an Operating System (let's call it, Microsoft Windows 10 Home Edition) from an online retailer. It turns out this is an OEM license, so perhaps not entirely as legitimate as it ...
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Can my manager make me do unpaid training like this?

Context: I work at a restaurant in the UK. I am new and haven't yet completed the online training Program's I have been asked to complete. It's pretty much a zero hour contract (I think it's 12 hours) ...
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If I have 2 cars is it legal for me to insure each with a different insurance company

I live in the US (Illinois). If I have 2 cars, and: For car #1, insurance company "A" has a better rate, and for car #2, insurance company "B" has a better rate. Assuming the difference in rates ...
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When do I have to register my copyright if I want to file an infringement suit?

I read in a blog post that to file an infringement suit, I need to have registered my work registered with the US copyright office before the infringement took place. However, I can't find anything ...
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Are judges immune from prosecution of crimes committed while acting as a judge?

Discussing the civil lawsuit to Hans Reiser's murder conviction, Wikipedia states: "Judges ... are immune to lawsuits regarding their official conduct." In the United States, is that true? Surely,...
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is landlord responsible for damage that's not his fault?

My apartment had a toxic contamination issue. It wasn't my fault or the landlord's (in fact, it happened before he owned the building). Some of my belongings had to be disposed of. Is he responsible ...
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Is Streaming Copyrighted Content Illegal in the UK

Obviously, it is illegal in most countries to download films, games, music etc without paying for them. However, there are a growing number of people who argue that streaming is not illegal as, they ...
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Publishing code for redesigning web sites on Github

I've been learning web designing for a while now, and I hope to achieve an internship in this field sometime soon. I've noticed that most prospective employers ask for samples of work while looking at ...
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How does Aaron Swartz's mass download from JSTOR constitute hacking?

I might be a bit late on this but I just got to know the story of Aaron Swartz, a phenomenal guy to say the least. The internet is filled with news posts, blogs, and even documentaries stating that "...
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Can Paypal withold funds for 180 days?

Paypal, as part of their banking license, perform random checks on accounts where they ask for Photo ID, Proof of Address and Proof of Age. However, if one is unable to provide this information, for ...
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Are technology patents useful?

A friend tells me it's not worth it to get a patent on a web application because they are not useful. Either: the USPTO has stopped granting patents on "process" improvements (i.e. web apps) or ...
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Financial Market Regulation - Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority

In practice, what are the main differences between the regulatory approach adopted by Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority and that adopted by Financial Services Authority? ...
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Legal duel to the death?

So, I've always been a fan of the medieval ages and chivalry and honor and all that good stuff, and recently as I was thinking about it, it got me wondering. Is it possible to have a duel to the death ...
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Reviving an expired corporation

Is there a procedure that allows the reviving of an expired LLC in Nevada? The company in question expired over a year ago after the required annual documents were not filed.
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Are pre-employment drug screening results not obtainable by the patient?

Can an individual require access to his pre-employment drug screening results in the United States? I am mostly interested in California and Massachusetts.
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Happy Birthday song lawsuit: grounds for retroactive class action lawsuit?

there. you may know about the lawsuit by a documentary filmmaker against Warner-Chappell for controlling the right to the Happy Birthday song. http://boingboing.net/2015/08/07/the-twisted-history-of-...
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Is there legal precedent for judges require marriage as a condition for probation?

So apparently in East Texas a judge has ordered that a man marries his girlfriend because he assaulted her ex-boyfriend. The conditions for probation were: Marrying his girlfiend within 30 days ...
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Worst realistic effect in the U.S. of JSLint license?

The JSLint license specifies that code "shall be used for Good, not Evil". It's been a source of (what appears to be) alarmist and ridiculously overblown controversy for a while now. I've noticed ...
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Right to privacy at place of work

In the United States, is one's workplace generally considered to be a place where an employee can assume a relative level of privacy from hidden surveillance? For example, suppose that I had a ...
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Can a lab make patients pay to access test results?

Can a lab make patients pay to access their test results (e.g. blood test results)? The results are sent to the physicians, but the patients need to pay to access the results from the lab, even though ...
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Works published before which year are internationally in public domain?

Figuring out whether a work is in public domain can be quite complex as different countries have different rules and there are often a lot of (relatively) complex exceptions. There must however be a ...
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Can doctors make patients sign contracts?

Hypothetical: You're waiting in your doctor's office for your provider to perform a medically-necessary procedure. In walks a coordinator who requests you sign a contract for your upcoming procedure....
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How often are requests for search warrants declined?

Before law enforcement can search a property, they need to obtain a search warrant (with some exceptions). That is, they request the warrant from a judge/magistrate/court, that then decides whether to ...
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Intellij IDEA Community Edition - commercial proprietary software developing

Can I use free Intellij IDEA Community Edition for the developing, if I'm working on the proprietary commercial product?
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Could an employee be fired as they are about to quit in order to pay them severance?

In series finale of The Office, Jim and Pam are about to quit their jobs in Scranton to move to Philadelphia. As they are about to quit, their manager, Dwight, fires them, and tells them that they ...
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How are the precepts of common law known? Is common law written?

The first paragraph of the Wikipedia article on common law: Common law (also known as case law or precedent) is law developed by judges through decisions of courts and similar tribunals that ...
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Is there one body of common law?

I'm a bit confused by the usage of the phrase "common law" on this site. The Wikipedia article initially describes it as an abstract concept. The first paragraph reads: Common law (also known as ...
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Contribution terms for an LGPL Licensed Project

Background: I am making contributions to a certain project which is released under LGPL and also under a commercial license. According to the terms of contribution in the project by doing so I am ...
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Mistake in contract in my favor

Several months ago I signed a contract to lease an apartment in Utah, USA and took up residence in the said apartment. The contract was stated explicitly to run through August 25th. This is clearly ...
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Is it legal to translate movie subtitles

Is it legal to translate and distribute movie subtitle files? Consider the following cases: Ripped movie subtitle is downloaded from an online sub sharing community. Writing subtitles from audio and ...
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Can unlicensed real estate agent sign a lease in Texas? [closed]

I signed a contract with a apartment complex with 3 months and this agent misinformed me on many things and now I want to get released out of my contract. There was a typo on pre-populated contract he ...
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Absence for jury summons

I know there are penalties for ignoring the jury summons, but what about missing the summons letter entirely? By missing, I mean not being present for both the initial letter and the actual date of ...
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Can I use illegally obtained code?

There are some EULA which prohibit disassembly or reverse-engineering of its executables Now Joe in Somalia gets a hold if this software, disassembles it, and publishes the algorithm online. Bob in ...
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Why are there so many youtube to mp4 and mp3 download websites online when it is illegal?

If it is illegal to download videos and audios from youtube due to copyright reasons, why are there so many youtube to mp4 and mp3 download websites online? For example https://freevideotomp3.com//, ...
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If I create slightly altered version of apple emoji glyphs, would that protect me legally?

I want to use apple's emoji font in my android application. Both ios and android market is flooded with the apps that use apple emoji glyphs in their app and I am sure none of them are licensed with ...
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When a criminal statute is struck down as unconstitutional, what happens to people who were convicted under it?

We just had a question about what happens to convicts if a law is repealed. However, that question's example of homosexual behavior wasn't decriminalized in the US by legislative action, but rather by ...
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Am I allowed to use my university's logo?

After graduating from college I am more than relieved to be done. What I am curious about is if it is ok to feature the logo image from my school on social media or perhaps on my personal website ...
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To what degree do I have to comply to COPPA in this scenario?

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) is designed to restrict sites collecting information about children under the age of 13 years of age. If I am operating a general purpose web ...
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Putting farm you do not own into a living trust

Here is the deal: Owner Adam of a farm gives the farm in 2003ish to son-in-law Hank via quit claim deed. Owner Adam becomes just Adam. Adam continues to live on the farm. New owner Hank doesn't ...
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Is it legal to use a company name that has one word trademarked in the UK?

Is it possible for legal action to be taken in the UK, for example if the word FormatA has been trademarked, and then someone else starts up a company called FormatA Diagnostics Even if the ...
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Will I have to pay for training if resigned before probation?

I am based in UK. About 4 months ago I started a job that turned out to be different to what I expected. Responsibilities are below my qualifications and ambition; I was basically sold dreams during ...
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In the United States, when can someone legally search my personal laptop? (Government or private security)

Unlike the United Kingdom, U.S. citizens don't have an explicit right to privacy in the Constitution. Although there are implied privacy rights within "penumbras" of the Bill of Rights this has ...
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Is republishing social meta tag's content permissible for commercial use?

Is it legal to do the following (which Facebook and Twitter do for commercial use): embed social meta tag's public content (such as pictures) on a website for commercial use, linking back to the ...
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Is downloading YouTube videos legal?

I've always been under the assumption that doing such was illegal. I don't see any difference between downloading music from YouTube and downloading music from The Pirate Bay. Apparently, there is ...
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Can a school provide preferential treatment for one allergen and not another?

Our daughter is allergic to dairy milk. We provide her almond milk at home, however our school has told us we cannot bring in almond milk due to concerns about nut allergies, and that we should ...
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When a criminal statute is repealed, are those still held under it automatically freed?

How was this handled in the past when things were decriminalized, e.g. homosexuality? Is there an automatic process that guarantees freedom for those held under an abolished law, or does this have to ...
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What is the legal take on the trolley problem?

From the Wikipedia page on the trolley problem: There is a runaway trolley barreling down the railway tracks. Ahead, on the tracks, there are five people tied up and unable to move. The trolley ...
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What are the legal implications of “finding” money?

What luck! You found $1M in a suitcase while hiking in the wilderness. Because you are a law abiding citizen, you diligently report all your found money to the IRS. No one, including yourself, has any ...

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