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

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Is it legal to charge extra fees for copyrighted content on mobile platforms?

this question just came up as we recently bought content from image stock portals. Many of those altered their license agreement in favor of charging more for using in mobile apps. So instead of using ...
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Illegal iphone app for website

I have a web site and someone had made an iphone app for my site without my permission and selling it. He is using my API without getting permission. How can i report this to Apple? EDIT: AFAIK, ...
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Is it illegal to distribute a program that downloads YouTube videos? [closed]

I developed a plugin which allows people to download videos from YouTube. It's open-source if that matters. Is my plugin legal to distribute and use?
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Turning my website into a non-profit

I was given an established website about a year ago. It makes some money on ads, but not much (less than 10k/year). I am no longer able to manage the site and am considering turning it over to another ...
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Sample document source - T&C's, hosting, general web? [closed]

One thing that's been on our list to do is getting together some T&C's, hosting documentation and just general web documents. Are there any good sources for this? The one's I've found are a bit ...
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EU Cookiee Law - Should I be worried? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Google Analytics and the EU cookie directive. Who will fall foul of the law? Google or the developer? Given that the year-long "grace period" is up in a day or two, I'm ...
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Softonic provides software without permission

Softonic.com put a software of mine for download up on their website and servers without my permission. I told them to took it down but they not reacting. Did this happen to someone else too? How ...
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Loading another domain's content in a modal iframe - acceptable?

Is it okay to load another page in an iframe in a modal pop-up window - in terms of legal and ethical standards around displaying 3rd party content? I remember a few years ago there was controversy ...
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SOPA PIPA CISPA and Similliar Laws

If we use non-US domain names, DNS and webhosting will we avoid these laws if any of them come to pass?
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Laws Regarding content Hosted on your Website [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Am I legally liable for user generated content and comments? As a webmaster are you legally responsible for content posted on your website. For example a forum, would ...
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Legal information on a website

I'm in the process of re-developing my website. We're currently a non-monetary website, funded entirely by ourselves, but we'd like to start earning some money from adverts and possibly paid content. ...
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Is it legal to host very, very detailed summaries of copyrighted material?

I have a website where people can discuss books of various topics, mostly technical and practical stuff. Lately I have noticed that some members are posting very, very detailed summaries/reviews of ...
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Make money off a website developed in Visual Web Developer 2010 Express

Is it legal to make money of a website developed in Visual Web Developer 2010 Express (which is free)? Or do I have to buy a license or something?
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Can I be charged for letting a domain expire?

A few months ago I let a domain expire that I no longer wanted. I just received a bill from a collections agency saying that I owe about $100 because although I let the domain expire, it's necessary ...
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Creating image thumbnails and serving from own server

I would like to display some images on my website. This website got indexed content from different websites. It display content in a way that you have image, short description and link to website ...
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Would it be wrong to register a local domain (.ro) which has the same name as a famous forum .com?

Let's say there is a niche forum called HowToChopOnionWithoutCrying.com (I'm making it up, of course) and it's in English. And I want to create a similar forum in Romanian, registering ...
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Am I allowed to save basic user data from Facebook in my own web app's database?

In general my app deals with data that is unrelated to Facebook but also includes a Graph API based app. So it would be helpful for someone to login with Facebook (without registering in my own web ...
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General Properties\Legal Domain warning on flash

I had a website containing 2 flash items (menu and banner). Everthing were fine, but for some reasons I had to change its hosting to a new server. Now, I have a warning frame on the banner that says: ...
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Someone Reported That My Company Is Out Of Business [closed]

I Googled our company name and found that someone had given us a review on the maps site. He gave us a 1 star review and his review was simply "Out of Business". We are definitely NOT out of ...
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Legal responsibility for emebedding code

On our website we have an HTML5 arcade. For each game it has an embed this game on your website copy + paste code box. We've done the approval process of games as strictly and safely as possible, we ...
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Mentioning celebrities as customers

My client owns a dry cleaning business. He serves people who stay at certain hotels in NYC. Some celebrities have been his customers while staying at those hotels. He would pick up and deliver their ...
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Where do you pay taxes when you sell digital services with paypal?

I know about a Paypal feature to charge taxes. But You must pay taxes where you receives the payments or where the services is paid (mainly USA)?
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I own a domain and recently got a Trademark Infringement for it can I offer to sell it to them?

I own a domain related to an iPhone Game and have been sent a Trademark Infringement on said domain by the company. It makes me a few dollars a month but nothing great, And I would like to offer to ...
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Why is the EU cookie directive causing so much excitement?

I am confused by all the excitement surrounding the EU cookie directive; why is it such a painful thing? As far as I can see cookies that are required for your site to function are allowed such as ...
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title, content copied and title, name used! trademark issue?

I have a video website, server and domain bought 3 months 1 week ago, website actually started 1 month 1 week ago. Domain name plain and simple, easy to remember, bought with a yearly fee, nothing ...
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with a website created in Belgium, hosted on google app engine, which county's laws does my site need to obey?

with a website created in Belgium, hosted on google app engine, which county's laws does my site need to obey? I know that as a company, you have to obey the law of the country where you are based, ...
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Does a DMCA takedown require you to prevent the same file from being uploaded again?

If I allow users to upload media (images, videos, etc.) and I get a DMCA takedown notice for a specific file, do I have to prevent users from uploading that same file in the future?
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Legality of using/embedding MP3s?

I am working on a language learning startup. I think that one of the best ways to study is through music. For that purpose I would like to include MP3s on the website, together with related study ...
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Photos - do I really need to look for the author and ask his permission when posting them on my site?

When I find a photo somewhere on the internet, without any explicit information of whether I can re-publish it on my own website, without any hint of who is the owner/author of that photo, can I still ...
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Can I display ads on a site whose domain name includes a trademark?

I own a domain containing a trademarked word. I don't want to get into trouble with the trademark owner so my plan is to use the domain to display information (wiki-style) about the service the ...
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Google Analytics and the EU cookie directive. Who will fall foul of the law? Google or the developer?

So Google uses cookies when performing its usual duties of tracking users on a website. That is just it though; Google are setting the cookies and not your website as such. This is by virtue of the ...
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Can .gov (or similar official) websites be used for partisanship?

If I were asked to design and maintain a website for a governor seeking reelection highlighting how his or her administration was helping the state to get by in "Tough economic times", would I be ...
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Can I legally use a competitor's business name on my site to compare products?

Simply put, does a company have any grounds for legal recourse if their name is used on a competitor's website in the following manner? {Product Title and Description} (Comparable to {Competitor's ...
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Hacked by our own hosting company!

OK, so our hosting company decided to clone our site and database onto a new serve. Without our knowledge or permission they then edited our code to point to the new database. The old server was left ...
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Where to place privacy, legal, etc info on a website?

Every website I've ever been to has links to legal, privacy, tos, etc on the bottom of every page. Is this required? Can I have all that info on a specific about page rather than on every page?
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Registering a website with “YouTube” in the name [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where is the line drawn with domain names which include a trademark? Are there legal (or other) issues with registering a site with "YouTube" in the name? An example ...
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Can a company take my domain away from me?

I have a domain which coincidentally is the same name of a company. Is there any legal way in which this company can take my domain away from me?
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How to best protect my web designs? Licenses?

I'm afraid one of my clients might ask his fellow software engineer to design a few page templates for a WordPress-based community I'm redesigning, according to my code and design. He just bounced me ...
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What is “condition of link to developer's website” condition in license

I want to use following icons for my commercial website for free. http://www.gettyicons.com/free-icon/112/must-have-icon-set/free-remove-icon-png/ According to to above link: Visual Pharm is ...
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Is collecting IP address and user agents on form submission illegal in the U.S.?

I'm creating a website where I collect the name, email, state, and an optional photo of a user. Before the user submits the form, they have to agree to the terms of the site. For testing and ...
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Would reducing the quality and/or size of images fall under fair use?

I was looking on flickchart tonight and was wondering how they legitimized the usage of movie posters on their site, as I figure that those posters would be copyrighted. However it's been online for a ...
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Facebook Promotion guidelines

Hi I want to build a Facebook promotional/competition page and just want to make 100% sure that I am within the laws governed by the Facebook Promotional Guidelines. Here is a link to the guidelines ...
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The Necessity of a Disclaimer

I am a blogger. I write science articles. I study science and write articles in my blog in simple words for the general public to understand. Does this require a disclaimer as I do not want to see ...
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Can I use a .net domain for selling goods?

I have a .net domain. I plan to use it for selling goods/commercials. Is that ok? Are there any rules about domain usage? Thanks in advance.
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What liability concerns do advertising vendors raise, and how can I address them?

One of the websites I administer wants to provide free advertising in the form of direct links to vendors at an event they are running. Up until now, there has been no advertising whatsoever on the ...
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Is it legal for U.S. based websites to serve online gambling ads?

I have a site that hits the sweet spot for that demographic but my user base is 90% in the U.S.
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Legal terms required to email users - is opt in necessary

Creating a new site requiring membership to participate. I don't anticipate emailing members at this time except for password related issues. Perhaps down the road emails will be necessary. I ...
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Terms and conditions for a commerce site

I am developing a website for my partner who is currently a sole trader, presently selling on ebay but we have opted to create our own site. I've noticed that there are many sites allowing you to ...
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What can I do if someone is spoofing my site?

Someone registered a domain name that is close to mine used a different suffix (.info) and ripped off the UI. They took a screenshot of our homepage put it on their site and put up a modal window ...
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Using licensed custom fonts for commercial site

What are the legalities regarding using licensed fonts for webpages? It will be used for a for a commercial site. I do not want to get into trouble by using it without a license, (although I do hear a ...