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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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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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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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Can Meta create a Twitter clone?

Copyright applies to creative expressions, not abstract ideas. Copying the general functionality of an application is not a copyright violation. Only copying the code, art assets etc. is. However, ...
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Is it legal for a business to deny me access to their store on the basis of how I look?

You are mistaken: they deny you on your act When you use Tor, your browser is not sending a lot of information. That makes Tor browsers hilariously easy to detect: nobody knows where the real browser ...
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Who is breaking the law if a child engages in the gig economy?

Alice sets up a food delivery gig economy website alice.com, and requires people to be 18 or older to register in the terms and conditions. Bob, aged 19, registers on the website. Nothing illegal ...
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How are "deep fakes" defined in the Online Safety Bill?

Section 170 of the Online Safety Bill proposes a new section 66A in the Sexual Offences Act: 66A Sending etc photograph or film of genitals (1) A person (A) who intentionally sends or gives a ...
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GDPR compliance - Font Awesome

germany Is this form of tracking allowed under GDPR without prior consent No, and the responsible person is you the site owner. You decided to take your customers IP address and give it to ...
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Are online file converters legal?

Online file converters are legal: there is no law that prohibits a person from making a program available and executing online, including creating output in the form of a file. It is possible that ...
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Does the DMCA takedown procedure apply if the original work is not online?

Yes. Many works do not exist online. Like books. You can DMCA a book that only exists physically. It's a little more complicated than for a webpage or online available one, but it works.
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is uncensorship in japanese porn illegal

Article 175 of the Criminal Code says: A person who distributes, sells or displays in public an obscene document, drawing or other objects shall be punished by imprisonment with work for not more ...
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Legal Implications of Building a Webshop for Renting Accounts

Users would violate the Terms of Service of the "rented" accounts Accounts are usually non transferable and sharing is prohibited. Users would violate those provisions of their contracts ...
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What rules determine jurisdiction on the internet?

The conclusion reached in this case was not general to all cases on the Internet. As explained in Paragraph 97 of the opinion, the attempt to impose sanctions for privacy violations was invalid ...
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Does an official US Government website (e.g. house.gov) prominently posting information known to be false for several weeks violate any US laws?

Does an official US Government website (e.g. house.gov) prominently posting important government information that's known to be false for several weeks violate any US laws? No. Certainly not in the ...
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Would it be possible for someone to modify a form on a website and then claim that they didn't have to agree to the ToS?

This isn't going to happen Unless the developer is a total idiot (which is always a possibility), the system will not rely on browser-side validation; there will also be server-side validation. Yes, a ...
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Can a school force me to use cloud services I don't agree to?

The school isn't really "forcing you" to do anything. It is simply stating that if you want to take a particular class then you have to follow the rules of that class. You can opt not to ...
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How can I prove that I designed the site?

By "complain" I assume you mean "take legal action against him". You would need a legal basis, and a lawyer. When you say that you don't have a contract, I assume you mean that you ...
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Legal liability of websites for text produced by chat bots such as ChatGPT

We do not really know, and relevant legislation is pending. The most relevant case for this, where the company that is hosting the service is being held responsible for the output of the chatbot, is ...
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Is it legal for a business to deny me access to their store on the basis of how I look?

canada "Looks" are not a protected characteristic in any anti-discrimination regime in Canada. It is not a violation of any provincial or federal Human Rights Code to deny services on the ...
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how do public vpn service providers avoid being liable for illegal activity of their customers

united-states Under U.S. law, Internet Service providers have broad immunity from civil and criminal liability for the conduct of their users pursuant to 47 U.S. Code § 230. While this immunity isn't ...
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When does transmitting something create a copy of it?

17 U.S.C. § 101: "Copies" are material objects, other than phonorecords, in which a work is fixed by any method now known or later developed, and from which the work can be perceived, ...
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Are foreign sellers exempt from consumer protection laws?

No, they are not exempt Consumer protection laws (in general) apply to anyone doing business with consumers in that jurisdiction. You need to follow that law and apply to the company for a refund in ...
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Legal liability of websites for text produced by chat bots such as ChatGPT

british-columbia Air Canada was found liable for the misrepresentations made by a chat bot on its website. The chat bot provided wrong information about fares, and a customer relied on that ...
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If a crime happens between two parties in different countries over the internet, what laws apply?

The UN has a copy of the extradition treaty between the US and Brazil, the short version of it is that the treaty lays out in Article II an exhaustive list of crimes that are extraditable, skimming ...
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Is it illegal to download data from a misconfigured server that is open to the public?

The most apparent potential offences would be under 18 U.S.C. § 1030, but these require the mens rea of "knowingly" or "intentionally" doing things without authorization, or doing ...
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My account was broken into and virtual items were stolen, customer support refuses to help

To answer this based on contract law, one would have to know where the company is located, where you are located, and what the terms of use specify regarding jurisdiction and possible mandatory ...
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When does giving a false name online become illegal?

england-and-wales northern-ireland Under Section 2 of the Fraud Act 2006, it becomes fraud at the point that you supply the fake personal data (name, address, DOB) with the intention of making a gain ...
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Are Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo and other search engines allowed to copy website text because of the copyright fair use exception?

The “line” is the one between fair use and not fair use To be fair use, the courts weigh the following factors: the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial ...
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Is webscraping legal if the website clearly doesn't want to be scraped (for example having a captcha or cloudflare)?

No, it’s not legal The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act makes it illegal to access a computer beyond authorization. You are not authorized. We know this because you are using technical means to bypass ...
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