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

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Do you need to have filed a Copyright to enforce the DMCA

I lead IS for my organization and the other day we found out a competitor stole all of the Copy Text from our corporate site and pasted it nearly verbatim to their own (the only changes were to ...
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Putting special content to search engine indexers [duplicate]

Is it OK to give specially modified content to WEB crawlers? For example, you give full page content to a search engine indexer, but when anonymous user comes to the page, you show them only part of ...
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Deleting backups - Request to delete customer data - Data Protection Act 1998

It was brought up today about the customers right to have their data deleted and went on to an interesting talk about backed up data (we have a rolling 93 day window for backups on AWS s3) I was ...
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How does The Pirate Bay get to keep its .org domain name? [closed]

.Org TLD is maintained by a US based registry and US Feds are known to seize domains for torrent websites (Eg: Kickass Torrents old domains). But TPB is one of the most well known and oldest torrent ...
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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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Legality of screenshot of another website

I wanted to write a blog post about a common feature of some popular websites. To illustrate, I'll need to take screenshot, crop and shows the specific features that's I'm referring to. I wonder if ...
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SEO and not accepted cookie banner

I have a generic question about SEO and cookies. Particularly when the site is hosted in the EU (like my private homepage). I'm currently redesigned my page and also improved the underlying PHP code. ...
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necessity of collecting SSN's for 1099's (re Affiliate programs) [closed]

first post here, and hopefully I'm posting to the correct Stackexchange (if I'm posting in the wrong place, let me know!) My question is basically this: I have an idea for a web service that would ...
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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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Is it allowed to embed YouTube videos behind a paywall?

Is it against any legal law or YouTube TOS themselves to embed videos (which are available for embedding obviously) for streaming on your website and put them behind a paywall, e.g. give access only ...
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Is it legal to use "VMware Workstation 15 Player" with earning money purpose?

I am planning to open a blog webpage, publish technology-based content on it and make money via blogger earning methods like Google AdSense. The software I mentioned in the title, which is available ...
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Can I use resource transparent images commercially as a resource to my SAAS, which I scraped from a website? [closed]

I want to develop a product image editing SAAS, which will let the users select a product and edit the image and download with following steps: Select the product Load the transparent mockup image of ...
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Web application/SaaS based on using user's API, are we responsible for user's usage?

For example, let's say I have an SaaS application, that enables users help create Telegram bot. On the server, we process the bots and APIs for it. Now, let's say if some users try to use the ...
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Is it legal to use the APIs of Meetup.com, Eventbrite etc, to aggregate their event data into one place, similar to Google?

I have a predicament. I'm trying to build a platform that will basically be a place where all events, online/offline, are listed. Initially - my platform will obviously have zero events, because ...
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Should I hide the content inside the cookies law compliance banner from search engines?

I am working on my first website.I am working on the last steps before deploying it. Now I am facing the law compliance requirements. Right now it is mandatory by GDPR to show the cookies compliance ...
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Can I use favicon of other websites when I link to them on my site?

I'm creating websites catalog and I wonder whether or not I can use favicon of other websites as an icon next to its domain name. As far as I know I can use screenshots of websites without the owner's ...
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Redirects without Permission: what legally can be done?

If someone buys a domain and decides to redirect or forward it to my site without permission, is there anything legally that I can do to stop them? Is there a crime they can be charged with? Can I sue ...
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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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Can I use images from the manufacturer's website or other retailers for my eCommerce site?

I run a retail home appliances and cookware store, I want to create an online platform/eCommerce store to expand my business. So can I use images from the manufacturer's website or from other ...
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Can I legally publish screenshots from Linux apps on my website?

I am planning to open a blog webpage, publish technology-based content on it in Turkish language, maybe in English language later, and make money via blogger earning methods like Google AdSense. In ...
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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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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 ...
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Copyright website [duplicate]

I have developed my first website and ready to publish to the internet. I'm confused with how the COPYRIGHT under the footer works? Do I just ... Show COPYRIGHT WEBSITE NAME at the footer? Not ...
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Law applying to sites with ccTLD

If you create a site using a ccTDL does your site have to comply with that country's law?
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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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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 find ...
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Do we need to specifically support old browsers to be WCAG compliant or is following the robust principle enough?

I understand WCAG is technology agnostic, so it doesn't specify which browsers, devices, and operating systems that a website needs to be accessible on. However, our site isn't responsive on certain ...
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Adsense - Proposed implementation of EU user consent policy

I have spent lot of time to understand EU user consent policy with respect to usage of cookies. In summary, as I understand, I cannot save any cookies of my websites (including analytics cookies, ...
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Has anyone ever got in legal trouble for not having those horrific "cookie warnings" on their site? [duplicate]

I know about some idiotic EU "law" that made every damn website add the most obnoxious garbage ever: a huge "warning" about how they are "using cookies", which doesn't let you do anything until you "...
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How can I prevent a blogspot blog from misusing our company's toll free number?

An unknown blogger is utilizing the toll free number of my company, which is leading to tons of misleading calls. I tried contact the blogger but couldn't find any lead. I even tried asking Google ...
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few questions about running image hosting website [closed]

I'm about to launch a new image hosting website, nevertheless, few questions are still on my mind and i would love to know your take on them. Q1- how do i prevent users from uploading pornographic ...
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Dating site review - Am I allowed to write site description with screenshot for each reviewed site?

I want to publish a review of 100 dating websites. I didn't contact all site managers, some of them didn't reply. Am I allowed to publish description for each dating site and publish also a screenshot ...
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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 stored,...
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Translating user-generated content: legal implications

I’d like to engage in an adventure to transform a site which involves setting up a team of translators to start translating user-generated content (what is in the past is ignored). I understand that ...
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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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Embedding complete articles from another site on your own website. Legal?

Can you embed a complete article from another site on your own website? As is. Visitors will see that it's from another website but they don't have to leave your website to read the whole article. ...
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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 I acquire and redirect a competitor's .com brand name domain to our own site if its available? [duplicate]

Example Scenario: A close competitor has their own website: example.co.uk but has not registered example.com, so example.com if freely available. Put aside any ambitions of 'easy' / blackhat SEO ...
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If a blogging platform doesn't allow deletion of users personal data, who is liable under the GDPR?

I am using a company which offers free blogging service wordpress.com. On that service, there are European blogs with post contacts (name, email, telephone) which is not erasable by the users. ...
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What are current ADA standards / requirements on images?

I am wondering what ADA (American disabilities act not dental association) currently requires when it comes to images and other things not easily read by webpage "readers". I am currently trying to ...
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Should terms & conditions upon registration be captured in the database?

Should terms and conditions that user accept upon registration and making reservations on a system being captured in a database? If yes, what is the proper way to do this (e.g. timestamp + IP (the ip ...
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GA Data Ownership Client / Account Owner

I created a website for a client a few years back, I setup GA under my standard, personal account so I have full account ownership. Now, having not maintained the website in a while, the client would ...
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Company / Product Info Directory Website - Copyright Laws

I want to create a large business directory website , which would allow a user (buyer) to search, filter and identify suitable products. I would require company logos and use of product names (TM,...
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I've read many books and became an expert in a subject area - would it be a copyright infringement if I share my knowledge on my blog?

Let's say I've read many books and became an expert in a subject area. If I share my knowledge on my blog with details and start to earn some money, would I infringe upon the copyright of these book ...
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Can a Web store with .eu domain sell products intended only for UK market?

This has nothing to do with Brexit and I am not even sure this is the right place to ask this question. I recently bought an electrical appliance from a Web store with the .eu domain extension, only ...
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Google index spamming with our company name

One of our competitors has somehow spammed our full company name into the Google index like this: http://www.competitorwebsite.example/our-full-company-name/ When we visit the link, though, it goes ...
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Same pronunciations but different letters will lead to Legal case?

There is a classified website called Quikr.com in India. It ranked perfectly on google too. I am from an another country. I also have a classified ad listing site and I bought my domain as Quickr.XXX (...
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Is it illegal/discrimination to build website without screen reader accessibility?

If I build a website and don't add screen reader tags to any of the content is that discrimination or illegal in anyway? Is it possible someone with assistive needs could potentially sue the developer ...
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What is the proper way to send a DMCA to a hosting company?

Someone copied my entire website and is hosting it at a domain name similar to ours. That website's content is copyrighted to the website which we have been running for years. Each and every image, ...
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How biggest website like Facebook, YouTube, Imgur, StackOverFlow prevent from legal copyright issues?

I have planed to build a image sharing website like Imgur. Users can upload images and others can vote them. The problem what I face is, what happen users upload others copyright photos? In other ...

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