Questions related to the law and how it relates to websites and their management.

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Do you have to tell the user that they're viewing ads

I'm creating a feed that will show different subjects with Masonry. These "boxes" will be clickable and link to external websites. Now some of the "boxes" in Masonry will eventually be ads. I read ...
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What is the EU Data Processing Amendment and should I accept it in Google Analytics?

The info provided by Google is sparse https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/3379636?hl=en I'm an EU citizen but am unsure if I should accept it. Currently it shouldn't affect my GA but I am ...
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What's the worst that could happen with no Privacy Policy [closed]

We build websites, and some that accept user data and/or allow creation of accounts with personal information. What's the worst that could happen if you don't have a Privacy Policy on your website? I ...
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Legal rights over TLDs (country specific - UK)

My question is regarding the legal "right" to a domain name and/or TLD given certain circumstances. For example, I have a company called Example Limited which registered in the United Kingdom. I own ...
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.com.au backordered domain: do I have to return it if the original owner asks for it?

I was contacted by the original owner of a domain to give him the domain that I backordered a few weeks ago. The domain was abandoned for about 2 months before I bought it to eliminate the competition ...
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Can my competition force my clients not to list with me?

I have a listings site that lists cars. The cars are those of several auto dealers in my area. Many of them signed up with me, to list their cars and then I direct traffic to their business. However, ...
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Do you need any special authorization to be allowed to host a porn website?

Do you need any special authorization to be allowed to host a (hardcore) porn website?
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Is it legal and ethical to remove license notices from third-party code?

I want to use third-party code as my front-end framework, for example Bootstrap. In the code for Bootstrap and jQuery, there's a license. For example in boostrap.css: /*! * Bootstrap v3.0.3 * * ...
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Are there any legal implications to reading a user's privates messages on a forum?

I'm the webmaster of a forum and we are having trouble with a user and we suspect he uses privates messages to do illegal business (not illicit, but illegal according to the forum rules). Are their ...
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Domains and trademarks - is there some legal risk [duplicate]

Suppose there is a trademark called "Rubyblock" and you buy rubyblock.com and name your app "Rubyblock" is there some legal risk? If yes, how do i can check this before to name the app and buy ...
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Can a foreign company take my domain name?

I'm a small U.S. business and a company in China contacted me to say they want to use my domain name as their own and also make it their internet keyword. The name is not trademarked. Don't I have ...
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Should I patent a web application before launching it?

While discussing a website idea I had with friends and worked on it, they told me to be wary of theft regarding the website. Since the code I'd be working on would be mostly JavaScript and HTML, the ...
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Where do blogs get their pictures?

I see a lot of blogs that are full of picture galleries, showing celebrities for example, and I wonder how they get all these pictures. Do most blogs just take pictures from Google Images? Or is ...
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Copyright of pictures upload to a website?

I want to run a website like stock photos. How can I be sure that the uploader is real copyright holder of the picture? Is it possible to leave the responsibility of this copyright claim to the ...
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Under what circumstances is a website subject to United States laws?

I'm a Canadian student currently hosting a website using a German VPS service, which I want to put a forum on in the near future where users can submit content. However, all of my domains are .com, ...
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In the website for a mobile app, is it legal to show photos of actual phones?

In most websites that showcase mobile apps, photos of actual phones are shown as an example of what the app looks like. Sometimes, the phone's brand is visible; other times, the device is clearly an ...
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Does charging to install Magento violate its license?

I have been doing webdesign for a small business in Denmark, which already has a deal with a larger company to create the final site. Among this company's proposal, I see that they charge a rather ...
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AdWords: unauthorised use of trademark in keywords

I recently identified 2 companies who are actively targeting ads through Google AdWords using our trademark (registered in the UK). I filed a complaint with Google, although they are not willing to ...
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Do I own a registered domain?

A couple of years ago I entered (as a silent partner) into a business. I was asked if I could get a website up and running, which included registering the domain. We have since parted ways but the ...
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Can I copy the terms and conditions from a similar site?

I was wondering if it's legal to copy the terms and conditions page from a very similar site? I would replace the name, address, and other identifying information.
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Is it safe to have no TOS or PP?

I have coded my own forums from the ground up. I have tried my best to make my code as secure as possible and encrypting everything I can. I want to use this forum for a Minecraft server. I have one ...
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Is there any advantage/disadvantage to using robots.txt to disallow access to legal pages such as terms, privacy policy, etc.?

As I understand, having repetitive content is a detriment to search engine placement. Given that many websites that use similar or even identical "Terms and Conditions" and "Privacy Policy" pages due ...
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What benefit do you get from posting terms of service, privacy policy, etc.?

Just wondering why you'd post terms of service, privacy policy, etc. on a website.
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When does a website require a privacy policy and/or terms of use?

I am curious to know if every website should have a privacy policy and/or a terms of use page. What are the legal implications if a site doesn't have them? Are there certain categories of websites ...
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Can I place a directory that lists other companies contact details on my commercial website?

Can I place a directory that lists other companies contact details and other relavent information on my commercial website? We are a magazine site and this would be placed for an additional resource ...
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Dating site review - Am I allowed to write site description with screenshot for each reviewed site?

I want to publish a review of 100 dating websites. I didn't contact all site managers, some of them didn't reply. Am I allowed to publish description for each dating site and publish also a screenshot ...
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Can I copy TOS & Privacy from other websites?

Can I go ahead and copy TOS & Privacy from any other website and change as per my requirement? Will it come under "copied" material and can it affect my Adsense approval application later? Also ...
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How do I copyright my website?

My website has been in development for a long time and cost a lot of money. How do I go about securing an enforceable copyright on my website design and what is the proper way to post a copyright ...
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Can I use the words Python, Ruby, or Perl in a domain name?

I was wondering, can I use any of the following words in a commercial domain relating to that specific industry? www.xxxxxPython.com Python doesn't seem to be trademarked as this word and also there ...
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How to display Cookie Notification text to users that is ignored by Search Engines?

Websites within the EU are meant to inform users about the use of cookies on their website. Whilst the law raises plenty of implementation questions already, the general consensus is that we must at ...
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If a user uploads copyrighted material to my site but for personal use is it legal?

I am creating a personal cloud service, each account is only for use by the owner. You can upload any file and view / play it in the browser, e.g. documents, music and videos. Now obviously someone's ...
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Where is the line drawn with domain names which include a trademark?

A search on google for "iphone developer" turns up loads of websites which have "iphone" in them, a trademarked name by Apple. So I'm led to believe that having a domain such as iphonedeveloper.com ...
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Is it a good idea to make “safety copy” of articles from referring sites?

My wife has a small business with a website, of which I am the maintainer. (I am not a trained web developer, but know the basics of HTML and CSS.) There are already a few articles / blogs / news ...
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What are some good resources for generating privacy policies and terms of use? [closed]

We've determined that our website needs a privacy policy and a terms of use page to protect our interests. Are there automated tools that will generate these for us? How do we go about creating ...
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How should creative commons attribution for images be shown?

Clicking through from Flickr to the CreativeCommons.org definition for "Some Rights Reserved" you find that you can reuse an image as long as you provide attribution. If we want to use the image in ...
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Is it ok to use a custom short domain for sharing third-party links?

I use a custom short domain which is a subdomain of my main domain, for sharing my website. I would like to know if this is legally ok to use a custom short domain for sharing third-party links, also ...
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Website “theft” - what is the best way of dealing with these individuals?

I was doing a duplicate content search on the web for our site content and found that someone has downloaded/mirrored our entire website and is hosting it on a subdomain of their own main domain. When ...
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Documenting browser support

Are there any good articles or standards for documenting browser support for a web application? We test in IE 7+ and develop in IE 9/10+, as well as chrome, and would like to come up some good legal ...
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Privacy Policy & Terms - Holder of the treatment

I have a legal question: Often I see in Privacy Policies and Terms of Conditions the point/field entitled: "Holder of the treatment." Usually in the "Holder of the treatment" field, websites puts ...
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Legality of publishing a website in directory?

I want to make a list of biggest websites that run on specific platform. I won't mention platform here but let's say xy for example. So basically it will be a directory where each site will be ...
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I want to write tutorials on web development [closed]

So I have been reading a lot of books on web development and have made more than a few dynamic websites. Now, I want to create tutorials for people just like all the many free tutorials on internet ...
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Is it legal to host user-manual documents on my server? [closed]

Is it legal to host user-manual documents (e.g. a user manual for an lcd television in pdf format) on my server? Also, if I made an HTML page that contains a list of all those hosted documents (again ...
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can a web design agency take credit for my work? [closed]

Recently, a client and I ended our work relationship and he will be taking his business to a web design agency. I've noticed that it is standard practice of this agency to put "Web site designed by ...
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Copyright infringement on an image from an article of mine

I just received a notification from my hosting provider which told me that a certain company sent a Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") copyright infringement notice regarding an image found in ...
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Is there any system in place to recover a domain that expired and someone else has registered?

There was a domain name that was registered for many years for a DOS based software package. The original owners of the domain and software package passed away several years ago and at the time we had ...
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What are current ADA standards / requirements on images?

I am wondering what ADA (American disabilities act not dental association) currently requires when it comes to images and other things not easily read by webpage "readers". I am currently trying to ...
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is it legal to use links from an established website to identify unique content?

Not sure if this is a good place to ask, but maybe someone here can point me in the right direction... If I wanted to make a commercial, directory type website (where users can enter content) and in ...
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Is it legal for webmaster to read private forum email? (UK law)

On a website forum, I sent a private email to two users. The webmaster and owner of the website read the email and then used that content to ban me from his website. The content of the email was ...
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Allowing users in embargoed/sanctioned countries to register on my site

I run a website that contains technical content and users gain access to it by purchasing a subscription. I am based in the United States, and I'm wondering what the laws are regarding sanctioned ...
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Is it legal for a developer to claim ownership of a clients' analytics data? [closed]

We are working with a client who is having his analytics data held hostage by his previous developers. They are claiming that their contract states that they own the data, but I'm wondering if showing ...