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

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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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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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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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.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 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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Ownership of user comments posted on news websites and third-party use

Can a third party use user comments posted on news websites for data mining purposes without explicit permission from the users or the news website, particularly for the following countries: USA, UK, ...
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Putting altered social media logo icons on my website, can I get sued?

I would say most websites with a somewhat thought-through graphical design use social media icons (i.e Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc) which are altered to fit the theme and design of the site. Now, ...
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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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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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Is it OK to use translations obtained via crawling a translation service with advertising?

Google and Bing not only have their API-based translation, but also their websites which allow for one-off translation. While these are intended for use by humans, this also allows for a webcrawler ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do you need to have filed a Copyright to enforce the DMCA

I lead IS for my organization and the other day we found out a competitor stole all of the Copy Text from our corporate site and pasted it nearly verbatim to their own (the only changes were to ...
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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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Our website has been 'cloned' and is now running under a .vn domain - course of action?

Our website http://llidesign.co.uk (design and developed in house and completely hand coded, no templates) has been cloned at http://menplus.vn and is now being hosted on a .vn (Vietnam) domain. ...
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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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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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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 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 ...
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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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Am I legally required to remove all data associated with a customer (UK)?

A customer has asked that we remove all our stored information from our database. From a moral standpoint, we have no problem with this, but simply deleting all the data will leave us with orders ...
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How to safely saving users' data and NOT get responsibility of users' data?

I am programming a website which will save up users' inputs for their next visits. For example, I might save their phone numbers. The user will know that I save their phone numbers. However, do I need ...
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legal to post pictures…? [closed]

I am planning on working on an erotic website and I am wondering what might be the risks implied in doing so. I would firstly ask sorry if this is not the right website to ask but there is not ...
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Converting Free / Paid Fonts via fontsquirrel for Web Use

I was trying to upload a GillSansMTPro-Book font to fontsquirrel.com/fontface/generator But I got this message Monotype has requested that their font Gill Sans MT Pro Book be blacklisted by the ...
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Legality of screenshot of another website

I wanted to write a blog post about a common feature of some popular websites. To illustrate, I'll need to take screenshot, crop and shows the specific features that's I'm referring to. I wonder if ...
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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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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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Using a trademark as a subdomain?

Let's imagine a website that deals with cars: www.cars.com In order to categorize his website, the webmaster decides to create subdomains for the most famous brands: ford.cars.com chrysler.cars.com ...
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Can i link to other websites in my newsletter?

I'm intrested in adding several intresting articles on my newsletter from other websites. Am i allowed to do that in general or every website has it's own rules?
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DMCA in Europe - EUCD?

There is a site to where I need to send a takedown notice. However, this site is hosted in Europe with an offshore hosting company that says clear in its TOS that they will not do anything if they get ...
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Is it illegal to use content in such a way?

I have a couple of questions about the legality of the content of some websites. I am currently working on two websites and I would like to make sure I am not breaking any laws, by using some content ...
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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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Can someone sue me/take my domain?

I have found a great domain that isn't in use, but the .com and .net domains are already taken. There's nothing on the domains though, it just says they are registered with Network Solutions and are ...
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Privacy policy and terms of use language

I have a Czech registered business with which I'm serving a web app mostly (but not exclusively) targeted to Italian customers. The server is in Amsterdam. The site will be multilingual (with 4 ...
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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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Legal Web Fonts & Licensing

So I'm a little confused in regards to legality of using fonts for web. Often from designers I get a PSD file and it uses a special font, and the font is supplied. However attempting to convert the ...
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How much is not too much? using snippets from other copyrighted sources

I'm going to add a news page to my website which will include short snippets from other copyrighted sources, I'm going to only mention the title and maybe a short descriptions and link them to the ...