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Are computer programs copyrightable work?

All computer programs are not just copyrightable, they are protected by copyright as soon as they are put into fixed form (for example, as soon as I type it on my computer which will save it as a file ...
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Is releasing this company's documents illegal?

Given the clarification provided in the comments to the question, the company has a copyright in the material and as such is legally entitled to demand that you cease using it.
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Will Florida Social Media Bill Allow Trump back Online?

There are two reasons why this will probably not work. First, the law is likely to be considered unconstitutional. Forcing a private entity to host views that they do not want to violates their first ...
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At what point is uploading a movie with heavy compression not copyright infringement?

A few years ago, there was a trial in the USA about some short sound on some music CD: One party claimed that one piece of music on the CD contained a sound of less than one second length which is ...
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Difference between lotteries and events that involve randomness?

You are confusing a lottery with a sweepstakes The fundamental difference is that to enter a lottery you have to provide something of value (cash, a product purchase etc.) to receive a ticket. In a ...
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Are computer programs copyrightable work?

Except for limited circumstances, all computer programs are protected by copyright (an exception would be a program created by the US government). Therefore, to overcome copyright protection, the ...
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Can Meta create a Twitter clone?

More generally, can anyone just copy an existing website (without copying the code or images)? Yes. Could I make a website that lets people post pictures like Instagram but call it MyPics? Yes. In ...
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What does it mean to "pirate" a game, app, or other digital resource?

While software is often the subject of pirating, the term is also used generally for unauthorized use of any copyrighted material. It turns out that this terminology is very old. Wikipedia notes that ...
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In Europe, can I refuse to use Gsuite / Office365 at work?

You probably can't refuse to use such services. The relationship between you and these services is very different when you interact with them as a consumer, versus when these services are provided on ...
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Will Florida Social Media Bill Allow Trump back Online?

Trump is not a candidate The law regulates certain activities by large social media platforms (defined) and declares certain activities to be an "unfair or deceptive act or practice", which ...
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Mistakenly agreed with a scammer’s term of use

Accused of what? Clearly stating under which conditions you (the accuser) would earn money by doing nothing more than staying online for 7 days? You agreed to these conditions, but did not fulfill ...
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Who owns the rights to the questions on Stack Exchange?

This seems to be a mix of question about law and a meta-question about this site, but I'll treat it as an on-topic question about law. The author of a question, or answer, owns the copyright to their ...
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Can messages in messaging application be used as evidence to accuse someone?

united-states Messaging (and other online communication) are fixed media. A face-to-face conversation, or a telephone call, does not exist at all - except in the mental recollections of the ...
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Do I need to present a GDPR banner to IP addresses outside of GDPR regions?

Your VPN scenario is the reason why you have to show the banner to everyone. If you somehow knew beyond any doubt that someone was not in the EU, then you would not have to show a banner, but because ...
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How would one comply with a court order to unpublish unlimitable information?

united-states This answer analyzes the question under U.S. law, although it is really generally applicable in all countries with a common law legal system. I'm not familiar with how non-common law ...
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At what point is uploading a movie with heavy compression not copyright infringement?

Even squeezed down to a single pixel, the animation would still technically be a derivative of the original movie. However, using the movie in such a radically transformative manner would almost ...
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What would be required to prosecute a person attempting internet fraud in Nigeria?

You didn't post the details of what exactly is involved with a "vampire initiation fee": is this simply the purchase of an physical object? Or the purchase of a service, such as the placing of a spell ...
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What is the legal basis of requiring permission before one can link to a webpage?

Please see this related answer where this is discussed, although is a slightly different context. There have not been many cases on this subject, but it appears that, at least in the US and EU, a ...
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Someone is commercially using a feature of my (free) website. What can I do?

You would first have to find out if publishing a book was "for commercial purposes". I can write a book and publish it as a hobby. Next you check if there is any copyright infringement. It ...
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What can I do about an ex-landlord “trash talking” me on Facebook?

Actually, he has been libelling you which is defamation in writing - slander is verbal defamation. Notwithstanding, if what he has done has or is likely to cause damage to your reputation and is a ...
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Do Twitter disclaimers saying "opinions are my own" give any legal protection to the account owner?

The purpose of that disclaimer is not to prevent reprimands or legal action. It's really as simple as it appears -- it's to inform the readers that the tweets in fact contain the opinion of the person ...
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In Europe, can I refuse to use Gsuite / Office365 at work?

Your employer should have a Data Protection Officer. The first step when you have data privacy concerns at the workplace should be to talk to the DPO. An institution using software as a service by ...
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Does the DMCA takedown procedure apply if the original work is not online?

The relevant law requires only that the notice must provide "Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed" and "Identification of the material that is claimed ...
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Do Twitter disclaimers saying "opinions are my own" give any legal protection to the account owner?

That's the danger of doing legal research on the internet. That Forbes article quotes several different attorneys, and they all make the point of saying that those disclaimers are meaningless copy/...
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Is scraping an iCal link legal?

Reading public data on the internet is not illegal. They published it for exactly that reason. So people would take an app and show them those fancy bytes in a way a human can understand them. Even if ...
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Where can I report criminal intent found on the dark web?

1/06/17 update regarding comments and other answers: You can report criminal intent while reasonably remaining anonymous by using various methods, and this will let you do want to do: take an ethical ...
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Who owns the rights to the questions on Stack Exchange?

The Network Terms say: Subscriber Content You agree that any and all content, including without limitation any and all text, graphics, logos, tools, photographs, images, illustrations, software or ...
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Clicking ads as a form of protest or boycott

No, it's not illegal... Ads are shown as a contract between the site that hosts it and the advertising company. The contract does not stipulate that customers need to buy something, in fact, the ...
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Is there any way to save a Facebook post as a third-party evidence in court?

In the United States, it does not matter how you save any evidence; the other side will essentially always be permitted to question its authenticity. Even if they don't question it, a judge or jury ...
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Under GDPR, does blurhash of a profile picture count as personal data

From the GDPR's definitions: ‘personal data’ means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (‘data subject’); an identifiable natural person is one who can be ...
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