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

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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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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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What are some good resources for generating privacy policies and terms of use? [closed]

We've determined that our website needs a privacy policy and a terms of use page to protect our interests. Are there automated tools that will generate these for us? How do we go about creating ...
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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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When does a website require a privacy policy and/or terms of use?

I am curious to know if every website should have a privacy policy and/or a terms of use page. What are the legal implications if a site doesn't have them? Are there certain categories of websites ...
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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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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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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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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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Why are these sites cloning my content, and how do I stop them?

So I was searching for one of my own websites on Google: http://www.botlibre.com and to my surprise found some clones of my website, like: http://83waystowasteyourtime.adidas.com and: http:// ...
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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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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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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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Is it legal and ethical to remove license notices from third-party code?

I want to use third-party code as my front-end framework, for example Bootstrap. In the code for Bootstrap and jQuery, there's a license. For example in boostrap.css: /*! * Bootstrap v3.0.3 * * ...
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What do I need to do to enable my site to accept credit cards?

I want to store my customers' credit card information in my database so that they can quickly check out again without having to re-enter their info. What do I need to know about security/https/etc to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Does a Creative Commons “Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License” classify a nonprofit as a “commercial entity”?

If something this license applies to is used by a nonprofit, is the nonprofit considered a "commercial entity"? Because the license says: "NonCommercial — You may not use the material for ...
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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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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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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'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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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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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 ...