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Can a landlord fine me for a non-existent business being listed at my address on Google Maps

The legal position You are quite clearly not running a business and if the matter went to court you could easily prove this be e.g. getting testimony from the people at the party, your testimony etc. ...
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I'm creating an app, which country's law will be applied to it?

The law of each country where you offer the app for download applies, and you have to consider: Privacy Policy (GDPR in EU, CCPA in California, APPI in Japan, LGPD in Brasil, and more - check each ...
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How can I legally protect my website from users who upload copyrighted material?

A simple EULA does not absolve you from legal responsibility. The law that you need to be acquainted with, if you are dealing with the US (i.e. might be sued in the US), is the Digital Millennium ...
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I was banned from an online forum. Which law would enable me to force admins to restore my account and issue an apology? (and pin my post to homepage)

Usually you have no remedy. The terms of service of the online forum will usually reserve absolute discretion on the part of the forum administrators to ban you. Free speech rights do not apply to the ...
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I was banned from an online forum. Which law would enable me to force admins to restore my account and issue an apology? (and pin my post to homepage)

There is no such law. Per xkcd:
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I'm creating an app, which country's law will be applied to it?

When publishing an app in a store, such as Apple's App Store, you choose in which countries the app is available. See the instructions on how to do that for the Google Play store, for example. ...
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Can opt-in/opt-out checkboxes be deliberately obscure?

Not Allowed Under the GDPR The suggested method does not seem to comply with the GDPR, and would not be lawful for a Data Controller that is subject to the GDPR. Specific Provisions Let's consider ...
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Can an Amazon Seller Make Me Pay for Items I didn't order but they mailed me for free

We cannot guess what the seller will do, but the law is that unsolicited merchandise is treated as a gift.
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Is it correct to ban me from a concert without providing necessary proof that I was engaged in harmful or threatening behaviour?

A private venue normally has discretion over who may attend their premises, as long as it is not because of membership in a protected class under anti-discrimination law. Note that the communication, ...
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Is one liable if illegal material is found on one's own server?

So far as I am aware, all jurisdictions provide some kind of defence to the offence of possessing child pornography (or, for that matter, other illegal items like drugs and weapons) for legal purposes....
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Is it legal to point a domain to someone else's ip (website)?

Yes One could certainly put up a site whose only content was a link to another domain. And I can't find any law which this would violate. If the link is a "deep link", and if it bypasses a ...
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The circumvention of terms and conditions

In such a case the person who bypasses the terms knows that use of the site is conditioned on agreement to the terms, and has taken an explicit action to continue past the terms and use the site. I ...
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I was banned from an online forum. Which law would enable me to force admins to restore my account and issue an apology? (and pin my post to homepage)

You offer 3 ideas: freedom of speech is fundamental human right online forums are categorised as public spaces there should be some statutory right to appeal the ban Of the three, only ONE is true, ...
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Is it illegal to intentionally design a social network that can't comply with right-to-be-forgotten (and possibly other laws)?

As a designer and programmer you virtually have nothing to worry about apart from your wasted time. Such a network would likely never evolve (unless in Darknet) just because the would-be blockchain ...
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Package recieved after full refund, illegal to keep it?

It is their property, so keeping it without permission could well be seen as theft. I think you are obliged to make reasonable attempts to notify them you have their property before using it or ...
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I'm creating an app, which country's law will be applied to it?

The law that applies is the law with the most significant relationship to the dispute in question. This could be, and realistically, usually would be, different for different issues. There could be ...
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Is ebay legally allowed to instantly suspend my account (with no possibility of appeal) without a valid reason? (Actual reason is: AI algo gone rogue)

Yes, they are. A business can decide not to do business with someone for pretty much any reason. The obvious prohibited reason is due to your race. But I don't see how eBay would even know your race. ...
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Can opt-in/opt-out checkboxes be deliberately obscure?

This is mostly compliant. While such a form fails to collect valid consent, consent is not necessary for some forms of direct marketing. Instead, an opt-out solution might be permissible. We can ...
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Does online business, only using crypto currency have collect a tax bill before they can release funds back to an individual?

First and foremost: Whenever an entity claims that you have to pay them money in order for them to pay you even more money right away, you have a clear sign of a scam there. A legimate entity would ...
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Can I successfully sue an online match making website for matching me with a fraudster?

There are only two arguments you can make: The match making website did something wrong. I don't see how you can make this argument unless you have some reason to suspect they actually did something ...
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Can action be taken against a Discord server for someone admitting in chat they're under 13 then changing their age to over 13 thereafter?

Yes (probably), under COPPA The FTC has stated that YouTube content creators could be held liable under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), a United States law that "imposes ...
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Why are the owners of OnlyFans not arrested for profiting from child pornography?

Criminal liability is triggered by guilty knowledge. The people who run OnlyFans may know in general terms that it is probable that some illegal images exist on their servers, but so does everyone who ...
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Bought a product online. Store sent me something different stating original product should not have been listed online

You had bought product A. That constitutes you offering the seller a contract for you to get product A for your money. They keep the money and send product B - and now are in breach of the contract, ...
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What specific law is broken if the merchant continue to charge the customer's card after the customer disabled his account?

The fact that the terms and conditions do not mention the word "disable" is significant, but not in the way you seem to think. You state: "...the merchant's T&C which does not ...
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Attributing the Assistance of an Online Translator for a Book's Chapter---Is It Necessary?

Using software generally does not entail any legal requirement to acknowledge the use of that software, and would only arise as a licensing condition. Google services, including Translate, are subject ...
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Do any US states require online businesses to register and pay tax?

South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., 585 U.S. ___ (2018) held that states may require retailers to collect and remit sales tax for sales made in the state, even if the seller has no physical presence in the ...
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Is it illegal to create a website that allows a user to upload a file and make it accessable and downloadable for others?

There are a number of existing legal sites that do this, for free or for pay. The main concern for a website operator pertains to the DMCA "safe harbor" provisions, which protect against vicarious ...
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