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

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Google recieves court order to produce information relating to AdSense account

This is a new one for me and doing some quick searching didn't produce and informative results pertaining to my questions. I did find information regarding the case which dates back to 2014. Today I ...
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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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Would running copy of an eCommerce site under a different ccTLD fall under that country's law?

My relative has a Dutch webshop. Many of his customers are Belgian. To increase trust of potential clients, he wants to run a copy on a .be domain. The domain will be under Belgium jurisdiction. But ...
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.com domain registered offshore

I want to register a .com domain, without risking it being seized by America. Articles such as these worry me: http://www.wired.com/2012/03/feds-seize-foreign-sites/ ...
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Do I need permission to use a company's logo for my website application? [closed]

I am creating a review website application where people can review particular companies, products or services according to the people's experience on various points like Support, Value, Up-time, etc. ...
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Is it a legal problem if a domain name is a last name?

Today we came across with a person whose last name is our domain name. It is not a meaningful word and as last name it is quite seldom. Nevertheless, we have some concerns about this issue and ...
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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?
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Can I use an unlicensed font that is not sold anywhere?

The designers I work with have a host of fonts installed on their computers, dating to 10+ years ago. Unfortunately, since that time, they completely lost whatever license files they may have had (and ...
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Legal notice that copying javascript isn't allowed

I've build a fun tool for one of our clients. This client is in a competitive business and likes to keep this tool to itself. As we all know, javascript is quite downloadable, and even ubfuscated not ...
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Using competitors domain with different ending to boost traffic

Imagine my competitor is getting 1000s of views a day and is established in Google search engine. I plan to launch my website in a weeks time but will have to work hard to get into google search ...
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Dealing with illegal user-submitted content

I recently got a question from a user that I'm not quite certain how to answer. Basically I run a service that will allow users to submit content for analysis. The data submitted is very rarely ...
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Just Received Email From WhatsApp Inc. Regarding To My Site [Need Help Or Advice Pls]

I got an email before 7 days seems to be from whatsapp . Here is that email below :- To Whom It May Concern: It has come to our attention that you have registered xyz.com (the "Domain ...
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Can I avoid delivering my personal data publicly when I register a domain?

I want to create a website hosted by Altervista.org and to purchase the second level domain with the .com extension (as I know, domains purchased on Altervista.org are sold by Banzai Media S.r.L.). ...
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License needed to use a custom web font

I want to use a custom font on my website. I have found the woff file of this font on another website who was using it. I've saved it on my computer, tested it on my website (localhost only) and it ...
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Does it affect privacy policies or legal liability when we can identify users through analytics?

Currently we are using Google Analytics and provide a simple template generated privacy policy, i.e. standard policy on cookies, anonymous tracking, etc. Some more advanced solutions such as mixpanel ...
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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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When does a web site become commercial when using creative commons?

When does a web site become commercial when using creative commons licenses? I have a free-to-use hobby site that uses a few non-commercial images, avatars etc. What exactly would it take to cross ...
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Liability and Legal Issues with allowing others to use a Subdomain

Are there any known issues for the domain owner to allow others to use a subdomain? The best example would be blogspot.com, which allows users to create something.blogspot.com. Can the content on a ...
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Is it okay to take words and definitions from dictionary sites?

Is it okay to take words from dictionary sites, and store their definition in your database? I mean, is it legal? Or is that plagiarism or something? What if you made a chatbot, and when someone ask ...
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What language should I use for my Terms & Conditions (English site but living in Germany)?

I don't really know whether my Terms of Service section should be in English or in German. I first thought obviously in German, because I live there and German law applies. But how should people who ...
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Can I use AdSense with a domain that contains trademarks?

I just landed in the world of writing Blogs and doing the SEOs; I was looking to set up a nice blog having most target keywords and all other things. Luckily I was able to book a domain name having ...
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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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Has the EU sued any site(s) yet for not complying with their cookie “law”?

EUROPA websites must follow the Commission's guidelines on privacy and data protection and inform users that cookies are not being used to gather information unnecessarily. - source Many people ...
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Is warning users on the homepage enough to limit access to 18+ for a website with adult content on it?

I want to build a website that has 18+ content on it. Doesn't matter if it's alcohol, tobacco or some adult content on it. Point is that it needs to be done to be available only for 18+. The most ...
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Product images and descriptions on web store – copyright issues (Ireland/EU law)

I’m looking to sell some products online into a foreign market (which likes this Irish product). So I need to put images and production descriptions on my site. I’m not buying directly from the ...
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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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Is it legal to get Facebook posts from pages?

I have been working with Facebook graph for a while now but would like to know if it would be legal for me to get public posts from pages I don't own and display the content on another website. My ...
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How to respond to maliciously spoofed site? [duplicate]

I recently stumbled into a spoofed version of StackOverflow and reported it to Google, SO and posted this question on SO Meta. Almost two weeks later that offending site is still up and serving awful ...
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Can you be sued for using publicly used images on a blog without copyright permission?

Lets say I write a blog post about the new Batman movie or a the new Grand Theft Auto game and i decide to use the boxart/poster or a wallpaper as the main image for the blog post, can I be sued for ...
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MediaWiki and EU cookie consent

I own a MediaWiki website that is showing Google AdSense. As of September 30th 2015 AdSense requires compliance with the EU cookie law. The Google Adsense Team is pointing to ...
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So, how does it work with copyrighted images from unknown sources?

A website looks better with fitting pictures. While designing my website I am using Google images to search for the right pictures (next time I will probably use a website that stores free images). ...
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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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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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Who is affected by the EU cookie law?

Every source on the web keeps telling me what the cookie law is, but not whether I have to obey it or not. So I'm asking here: who must obey the cookie law? Is a website hosted by a server ...
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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 Analytics, and as I understand it I will ...
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Cookie consent messages required on websites - how will adsense work?

I ended up watching this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5xVSXTn41Y It states that publishers have until September 30th, 2015 to add a visible message indicating about the use of cookies on ...
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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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How should copyright notices be formatted on websites?

What is the correct format for including a copyright notice in the footer of a web site? I have seen many variations, including: © Cool Businessname 2015 © 2015 Cool Businessname Copyright © Cool ...
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Do I need to have a company to create a website that collects users' personal info

I want to build a website (or more like a personal project) that collects users' personal info (eg. email address). Is there any legal issue for that? I think I do need something like Privacy Policy, ...
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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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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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Can media corportation take away my domain name? [duplicate]

Recently i've noticed that there is actually free cool domain name, let's say 'googleinsider.com`. Buy this domain is my dream and for some money (not so small well) i can buy this domain. And i will ...
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How to report attempted credit card fraud?

I run a website which accepts credit card payments. I recently noticed that one user who used many different names and/or email addresses attempted to make almost a hundred credit card transactions ...
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Can company “Elephant” legally take the domain “elephant.chat” away from the company “ElephantChat”?

Related, but not as specific: Can a company take my domain away from me? In this scenario: I am making a chatting app called "Elephant Chat", and I bought the domain elephant.chat for my app - under ...
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Privacy Policy and Terms of Use for subdomains in USA

I have a site which has two sub domains. One is forum and another is listing site. The main site has privacy policy. Do I need to have separate privacy policy and term & conditions page for each ...
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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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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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Is it legal to create a search engine and name it similarly to an existing popular search engine?

I have my own search engine with meta search crawling capacity. I installed it on a website and called it Ving. Is it legal to have a search engine with the name Ving that is similar to Bing?
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Trademark ® Symbol Required in Product Description?

When I am talking about third party trademarks on my website: Am I supposed to use the appropriate registered ® symbols or is this not required? I am not talking about our own trademarks but ...
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Can I use web fonts from FontSquirrel on a commercial website legally?

We want to be legal and do this right. So I'm coming to FontSquirrel for the first time. Seems to be lots of free fonts and there's often a globe symbol which seems to say the font is free for web ...