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

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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 ...
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Are there specific legal issues for web developers working on sex dating sites?

Say I have created many ordinary websites which are not related to any dating/sexual content. Are the rules and regulations for a developer the same when making a sex-related dating site? I'm ...
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What do I do if a user uploads child pornography?

If my website allows uploading images (which are not moderated), what action do I take if a user uploads child pornography? I already make it easy to report images, and have never had this problem ...
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Competing against the same business name in search results

A client of mine had an acrimonious split with their business partner. My client owns the legal business entities but unfortunately the other partner has the server/domain details. The other partner ...
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Is it legal to use Drupal, Joomla, WP, Zend Framework, jQuery icons on my page?

I would like to use Drupal, Joomla, WP and other well known recognized icons instead of written tags on my website. They would be like 16x16 pixels big. Is this OK? I mean it is just for information ...
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How to offer a cookie opt in/out to users? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Google Analytics and the EU cookie directive. Who will fall foul of the law? Google or the developer? I intend to use google analyticts, and as I understand it I will ...
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Is it a legal requirement to display company registration details?

Is it a legal requirement to display company registration details (Office, country and reg no etc) on a UK Based corporate website? I know that E-Commerce websites do, under the distance selling ...
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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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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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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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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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What's the legal way to stream music online?

It's really hard getting a definite answer on this so I'm going to ask it here. Is there a legal way to stream new music on a website without getting artist consent first. There seems to be a lot of ...
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Does the EU cookie law apply to an EU site that is hosted outside of the EU?

I have been reading up about this EU cookie law, and have also had in depth conversations with my girlfriend who is a solicitor/lawyer and with colleagues while building websites. While we are now ...
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How to deal with malicious domain redirections?

It is possible for anybody to buy a domain name containing negative terms and point it to someone's website in order to damage their reputation. For instance someone could buy the domain ...
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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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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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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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template for terms of condition for social media based website?

I'm looking for a template for a terms of usage text based on social media websites. I'm actually a coder and not into the legal blabla in general. Of course you could spend a thousand or 2 on a ...
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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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What is the current legal status of magnet links?

Prelude: I develop a cloud service which could be described as dropbox meets torrents and as side effect it enables distribution of arbitrary content via magnet links. Certain amount of magnet links ...
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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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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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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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Hosting torrent tracker in legal countries

In what countries it is legal to host torrent traacker? I mean without future issues with laws like illegal movie, software downloading.
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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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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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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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Can embedding a content from another website be considered as a violation of copyright law?

I would like to embed a content from another website (a webcam object) to my website. Can it be considered as a violation of copyright law? Both my website and the embedded are within EU. There is no ...
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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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Is it legal to host unlimited domains in an unlimited hosting plan?

I have an unlimited webhosting plan from http://www.domainindia.org/web_site_hosting_india.php. I want to give my users a registered domain name like usersite.com and provide a cpanel to them which ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...