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How long are schools allowed to confiscate items from students?

According to this question and the corresponding answer, schools are legally allowed to confiscate items from students. This is not considered theft, as the intent is not to permanently take the item ...
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“Commercial use” clarification

This is something I've run into several times now. A lot of biological samples are shared for research with a caveat in the MTA that they are "not for commercial use". What exactly does this cover? ...
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Passport requirements for travel between a US territory and a US state

I am trying to find out what US law says about foreign travelers flying between US territories and the "mainland." For example, flying from Guam to Hawaii or from Puerto Rico to Florida. 8 ...
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Law in History: Weapon Law in New York in the 1960s: Long Blades

While researching for a novel, I stumbled about an interesting legal point I can't answer on my own because I neither am a lawyer nor am in the US: Between 1945 and 1951 quite some Katana were ...
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What are the implications of the Good Friday Agreement for customs controls?

After the Good Friday Agreement was concluded, customs and security controls between the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom were removed (From Wikipedia). The Irish border is one of the major ...
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Fired for refusing overtime? (Canadian Engineer)

So I'm in a bit of a tricky situation right now, and would like some advice. Here is the relevant background information: I am a salaried employee (engineer in training) based in Ontario, Canada. ...
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How can you tell whether somebody is “competent” to agree with you or your terms?

How can somebody best ensure that when they enter into an agreement or relationship with somebody, that they won't later be able to complain that they were unable to understand the terms by reason of ...
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How does one value an estate before being able to access details?

Question arising out of this answer. In the UK, one needs to value the money, property, and possessions of someone who died, before one can apply to represent the estate for official dealings. ...
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Collision with rock under car: is driver at fault? Can insurance points be issued?

Suppose a car registered in North Carolina is parked for several hours in a marked, dirt parking space in a Tennessee park. During this time, the vehicle sinks into the soft dirt enough for the tip of ...
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Usage-Based Insurance Devices (Like Progressive's Snapshot) - Evidence of Liability and Public Policy

In the United States, the biggest auto insurance carriers such as Progressive, Allstate and State Farm, have all begun offering optional potential policy discounts if the covered driver agrees to ...
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How long do patients have to wait to get lab results in California?

I read on http://www.chcf.org/~/media/MEDIA%20LIBRARY%20Files/PDF/E/PDF%20ElectronicLabResultsExchangePolicy.pdf : (CA = California). which means patients used to not be authorized to access their ...
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Is it legal to distribute any version of a public domain film?

There's an extensive selection of public domain feature films available, but video quality is universally extremely poor as users generally prefer low filesize over high bitrate. Some of the films ("...
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What is the furthest point from land at sea where individual U.S. state laws apply?

I wondered to myself if there was a specific point within the 12 mile US territorial sea where individual U.S. state law ends and only federal law applies. For example, could an individual/business ...
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In France, can you lock out a squatter the way they locked you out?

This is specific to France (and maybe other countries, but I doubt that there is any other with such a surrealistic legislation like ours) In France, when someone breaks in to your house and stays ...
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Which local bylaw allowed the Wigan Casino to host all-nighters?

The Wigan Casino night club (1973-1981) was central to the Northern Soul movement. Club goers were known to use amphetamines so they could dance and enjoy music until morning. In the documentary This ...
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Does the FDA have authority to regulate medical devices which aren't marketed?

I'd like to know if there is anything in US law that gives the FDA authority over medical devices which aren't marketed; and where that is in the law specifically. I did a quick search of Title 21, ...
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Was homosexuality still illegal in Jammu and Kashmir when 377 was updated due to 370?

When Indian updated 377 and decriminalised the homosexuality that time Jammu and Kashmir still had 370. Does 370 stop decriminalising of homosexuality in the state? Now 370 has been removed in a most ...
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Subpoena across state lines

I am curious about how subpoenas work across state lines. Let's assume that a matter is before the county court in NJ but information is needed from a person domiciled in NY. It seems that an NJ ...
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Striking a “ready willing and able” clause from an Estate Agent's contract

Uk-based I'm about to instruct an Estate Agent for the sale of my house. I asked for a draft of the contract and found that it included a "Ready, willing and able" clause. Full text: You will ...
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Was William Bruce Mumford convicted of treason?

Wikipedia says When the Union Army occupied the city on May 1, Mumford was arrested and charged with "high crimes and misdemeanors against the laws of the United States, and the peace and ...
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US domestic flight crosses into Canada - what is the legal situation?

It's common for US domestic flights to cross into Canadian or Mexican airspace. For example, a flight from Alaska to New York, Seattle to Boston, or Hawaii to Texas would likely cross into foreign ...
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Which countries grant extraterritoriality to US citizens?

Some countries have ceded, to the United States, some control in the application of their own laws within their own borders. A historical example would be the Treaty of Wanghia, signed with China in ...
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Can a township be at fault for damaging property?

This involves the neighborhood I grew up in, and where my parents still live. Its a small exurb of NYC. The development my parents live in is about 200 houses at the base of a steep hill. In the past ...
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Which clauses of the Magna Carta are still in force in Canada?

In an answer to another question, it is mentioned that the Magna Carta has legal force in Canada but does not have constitutional status, and can therefore be modified by subsequent legislation. ...
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Is Google's privacy policy compliant with GDPR for the data processing agreement between a controller and a processor?

If for your job you use any Google services, chances are you are sending them a lot of personal data of your clients in emails, documents, etc. So technically you are the controller, and Google ...
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Does German law have an equivalent of the “plain meaning rule”?

I recently read about the plain meaning rule that seems to be a principle in the application of English laws. I would like to know whether a similar principle is either codified or known as a common ...
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How liable is a seller that was unknowingly paid using stolen funds?

I sold some of my Bitcoins on LocalBitcoins UK to an account that appears now to have paid using stolen funds from a hacked bank account. I checked that the buyer was ID-verified with LocalBitcoins ...
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What is the legal restriction for driving vehicles that don't require a license?

I live in Croatia, and laws here are not so clear to the actual restrictions for drivers licenses. My question is this: what determens if a vehicle requires a driving license in Croatia? For example, ...
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Meeting the “traditional” requirement for Protected Designation of Origin (PDO)

The EU's Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) scheme is defined in Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012 of the European Parliament and supplemented by Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 664/2014 (http://...
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Does the repeal of net neutrality remove monopoly protections from ISPs?

The repeal of net neutrality was done (in part) by declassifying ISPs as title II common carriers. As I understand it, being a title II common carrier implies being treated like a utility under a ...
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Advocating for Russian presidential candidates

Is it against the law to post a call to vote for a Russian presidential candidate in social networks?
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Can a university in EU refuse to grant me a degree after I completed studies?

I have completed a 120 ECTS Master program in a research university in the Netherlands. However, to get a diploma, I need to make a separate application. I did not apply for the diploma in time before ...
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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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Bitcoin service regulations

Most governments don't consider Bitcoin to be currency, so it's somewhat of a legal gray zone regarding regulation. I know most exchanges must follow KYC/AML systems because they trade with fiat too, ...
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Proprietary data formats: When converting to another format, when is it no longer proprietary?

I am an architect on a redesign of an old software system into a new system. One of the big problems of this older vendor based system is that it only communicated out on its interfaces in the ...
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Is it legal to drink alcohol in public in Penn Station, New York?

In the central concourse of Penn Station there are four or five deli counters advertising and selling draft beer. It is served in a large plastic cup with a straw. There is no place to sit in the deli ...
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Legality of post-WWII expulsions in Australia

After WWII, most Japanese people were mandatorily expelled from Australia unless they were born in Australia or had an Australian or British wife, according to this site (the same may have happened to ...
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Can you be arraigned for felony charges that you have not been arrested for?

The question I have relates to the fact that a warrant was issued for my arrest. When I received notice if this, I then notified the court that I have received such notice. At this point the court ...
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Can I distribute the Google TTS Engine with offline data on my device?

My company would like to distribute devices containing preinstalled Google Text-to-Speech (TTS) engine, together with some downloaded offline voice data. Can we do this without the need to acquire ...
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In Victoria are the police allowed to speed to pull over a car that is not attempting to escape from them?

This question is only concerned with the law in Victoria (Australia). Let's say the traffic police spot a car, which is travelling at the speed limit, that they want to stop and question but the ...
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Quebec language law and “French First” requirement

Suppose I am developing an application for company A which will be used by A's employees worldwide. A has offices in Quebec, Canada. I am aware that local laws exist in Quebec which protect workers ...
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Can I roam around the City at Midnight just to spend the time?

Do I have the rights to roam or drive my motorcycle around my city in India at midnight just to pass the time? I am from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu in India.
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RSS client and copyright

I'm developing some apps that rely on RSS feeds for it's contents, these apps never store the feed data, and always pull the fresh atom xml from the server. I limit the char count to 100 chars, so it ...
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What kinds of treason are there in Turkey?

I have read that a Turkish MP has publicized that Sarin gas has been sent through Turkey to Syria, and that he is now wanted for treason. I am from Germany, and in our law, it is treason ("...
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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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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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Sending mail to an inmate (USA)

I would like to send a letter to a childhood friend who has ended up in prison. He is turning 30 in a few days. His sentence is 18 years and he's served about 3, I think. I have discussed this with ...
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Copyright law and distribution terms for public versions or derivatives

The present question is a special case of Can one take BSD licensed code and distribute it under GPL?. Looking recently at OpenBSD's LibreSSL, I've noticed that SSLeay that it traces its roots to (...
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Workplace law for dismissals and probation extensions

I posted a large amount of background info here. In short: I began working for a company in the UK on the 1st June this year. My 3 month probation was extended by one month. The notice to extend ...
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openssl and libsodium export restrictions

When going on the openssl it clearly states that openssl is subject to export restriction because it uses strong encryption. Looking at the libsodium page I cannot find anything like this. Why? Are ...

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