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

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Non-intentional hosting of material that is protected by copyright law

I am interested how copyright law works in the case of Rapidshare, Youtube and etc. Just hypothetically speaking, what if I create a website for uploading and sharing MP3 files, and some users start ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Where can i get photo collection for website/template

I'm developing website templates and wonder how to get (free or buy) photos of product sample for my templates. For example, collection if furniture, shirts, lingerie? Maybe you have preferences with ...
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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 ...
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I found a SQL injection bug on a public facing website, what should I do?

I found (ridiculously easy to discover) a SQL injection bug on a public facing website. I strongly suspect that in the same database are stored credit card numbers of their customers (although not ...
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Why would you want to own just the MX rights to a website?

I acquired an existing small website not too long ago. When I went to register the domain on google apps, it turned out the domain was already registered and I would need to contact whoever had ...
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Can we trademark the name of our group of which the founder and president is no longer associated? [closed]

I am looking for advice. We have a social group. Our president chose to leave our group, (do not wish to name the name). This president founded the group and choose the name. The group pays dues ...
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How can I ensure I'm protected by the “Safe Harbor” clause?

I run a site that allows users to provide their own content & have it publicly available. I've got a standard privacy policy but am wondering what measures I should take to ensure I'm covered by ...
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How can I make my website compliant with various data protection and spamming laws?

On our website we collect an awful lot of personal information. People upload their CVs, and when they use their social networks to log in, we collect information from there too. We use this ...
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Is it legal to show RSS feeds on my website from another website

I want to display the feeds from multiple news website on my website and create a site which would be something like http://paper.li So is it legal to display those feeds directly on my website? The ...
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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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Can I use translated versions of other sites' content?

I would like to add a "Comments" module to my online store to display external comments for an item; the comments will come from other big players in this industry. The comments will be localized ...
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Legal to modify game art and screenshots for my own site?

I'm currently working on building a video game related website, and I'm wondering if it's legal to use screenshots or concept art that game studios post on their official sites. At most I would want ...
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domain name legal takeover

I was wondering; if I buy a domain name, say www.bananapeel.com. Then after a couple of years my site becomes big with plenty of revenue. Because of this someone decides to trademark the name ...
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Laws on credit card information?

I've heard that online merchants can only keep credit card information for set periods of time. Is this true? Amazon's express checkout feature saves credit card info, so does apple's app store. What ...
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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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New website, plans to go large. How do you protect yourself?

I'm planning to create a new site that (in hopes) will make it to a decent state of popularity and use. I have made sites before, but they weren't serious, with any intended purpose other than ...
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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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Alot of Pirated Material on Someone's Website - What Can Be Done?

We've developed our website for over 10 years. Recently a website in China has begun to pirate our images and product descriptions (they are showing "new" March offerings). Nearly all of the items ...
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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 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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Where to store users consent (EU cookie law)

We are legally obliged in a few months to obtain consent from users to allow us to store any cookies on the users PC. My query is, what would be the most effective way of storing this consent to ...
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Is it allowed to use one frame of a hollywood blockbuster on my website?

I want to build a website where users can upload screenshots from movies. Does anybody knows if this is (il)legal? I'm living in europe/germany.
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Rss legal issues

I know it is illegal to post full articles of a website on yours beacuse of copyright. Is it legal to post the rss feeds of a website on your website?
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Registration form rules

I read somewhere that a registration form has to have some sort of notification about the storing of their info, is this true? If so, where can I find those rules?
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Am I legally liable for user generated content and comments?

I know that it is in your best interest to enforce specific policies in regards to what is appropriate for your site, but are there any legal issues with not filtering their content? For example, ...
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How do I make sure the web developer I hire will not steal my idea?

So I have a great idea for a new website. However, not the time to develop it. I would like to hire a person or company to design it for me. What steps do I need to take, to protect my idea? ...
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What terms/conditions should I have in place for a site popular with children/teenagers?

I'm working on a site with a forum, for which the current user base is fairly young. For the forum, where do I stand legally with children/teenagers signing up? For example, I believe Facebook ...
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Quoting people for website dev. work

I have recently given some quotes to a few people. And I need some advice about how things should be done... Q1: I've seen, heard of and read about a lot of developers using free resource sites ...
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Getting around US law [closed]

Let's suppose that someone is interested in starting a website that might be in violation of some US laws (such as copyright, gambling, pornography, etc.). I know this question isn't in the best ...
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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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Stream search - legality [closed]

I would like to know if it is worth asking a lawyer about making a search engine that indexes sites which index mega video links which contain movies that are protected by copyright law is legal. ...
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Domains, hosting and the law

Currently I live in the Netherlands. So, what if.. I register a .CN domainname and upload my website to it. Under which law is my website? The Chinese or the Dutch? and I host my website at the Isle ...
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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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Embedding/scraping the Rotten Tomatoes “Tomatometer” score on another site

I run a local community site, and one of our services is a movies page with showtimes for local theaters, as well as links to the official site, IMDB page, Rotten Tomatoes page, etc. for each movie. ...
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Copyright word or symbol

After reading this post I was wondering which is best to use for websites out of the following, Copyright © 2010 "COMPANY" © 2010 Copyright 2010 Also, if we license everything we produce ...
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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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Writing terms and conditions for a new website

What are factors you need to consider when writing terms and conditions or acceptable use policies for a web site/web application. A few questions spring into my mind: Are there any legal ...