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Do I need to give credit to the original writer if I rewrote something in my own words?

Ideas are not Subject to Copyright Copyright does not protect ideas. This is true in the US, in the UK, and under the copyright laws of every country that I know of. Article 2 paragraph 8 of the Berne ...
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Does Fluff Busting Purity violate Facebook's terms of service?

It is not obvious that it violates the TOS (which is a complex wall of text and links to chase). §3 states that "we need you to make the following commitments", followed by some subsections –...
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Suit for excessive moderarion

No. The site would not be liable for irrational and idiotic behavior, because irrationality and idiocy remain quite legal.
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Collecting statistics from online gaming and GDPR obligations

Yes If you are in the EU, or your players are in the EU and your service is targeted at some part of (or all of) the EU, then this pretty clearly falls within the scope of the GDPR. Such a service ...
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Does a website service for image editing need to be ADA compliant for visually impaired users?

As GACy20 points out, ADA only requires reasonable accommodations. For a graphics editors, the reasonable accommodations for the visually impaired might be somewhat limited, but there are some ...
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Suit for excessive moderarion

First of all, "site policies" need not be contained in a single document such as a "TOS" or "Policies" document. Whatever a sire operator chooses to announce as site ...
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How much change to a company’s copyrighted picture is needed?

The question has two false presuppositions. The first is that copyright only prohibits exact copying, and you can reproduce inexactly as long as the result is "different enough". Actually, ...
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It is considered copyright infringement to get paid apps free?

That depends on how one does it. If one simply hacks a site offering what are supposed to be paid services so as to get them for free, that is probably theft of services rather than copyright ...
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Do I need to give credit to the original writer if I rewrote something in my own words?

This sounds like an untested edge case. If you harvest text from a website and redistribute the work in exactly the same form, that is copyright infringement (I assume that doesn't need explaining). ...
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What are the limits of website scraping under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act?

The CFAA is filled with words and phrases like "intentionally", "knowingly", "with intent", which allows web scrapers that play by the rules Search engine crawlers are ...
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What are the limits of website scraping under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act?

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on September 9 that the U.S.'s Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) is not violated when a company scrapes public websites. Though, I suspect that scraping ...
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