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Expired domain hijacked - recommended action?

I have a (non-technical) client who let their .org domain expire, and it has since been bought by a squatter. They own the .com domain and currently use that as their primary domain. The client is a ...
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Am I legally allowed to cache other people's web pages on my site?

I'm developing a small content aggregation app that frequently relies on posts from other web sites, which occasionally go down or remove the content. Would it be in breach of any legal structure if I ...
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Are you allowed to register a .com.au domain that contains a famous brand's trademark?

Can I register this domain www.googlecloud.com.au? Is there any law preventing this?
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AWS LBR vs. CloudFront for uses allready located in closest region

I have a domain name registered with Route 53 for a web app. The app will be used only by people in one country thus the closest region is chosen accordingly. Since closest aws region for the app ...
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Do website owners have a right to not allow linking their site from other sites?

You can search for this phrase on Google/Bing 'Hypertext or other links to this website are prohibited without the consent of …' and you'll see a very long list of companies that state the same about ...
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Specific to French laws - Does an HDS web hoster work like a normal web hoster with more security?

I was unsure where I should ask my question as this is an international site, but I figured out here would be best. I'm currently in an internship in a company where we use "gandi.net" as web hoster ...
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Is it legal to cache RSS images on my server?

I have some RSS feeds showing on my website, for speed up loading time I like to cache images directly on my server. Is it legal to credits the source inside the post and store images from those ...
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Is it legal to have an uncensored chat on a website

I am from Canada and have a website hosted on an American web server. Are their any laws for websites forcing any sort of censorship for user generated content (Chat containing Text/links only)? As ...
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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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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/ http://www.pcworld.com/...
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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 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 obfuscated 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 https://www.google.com/...
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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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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 physically ...
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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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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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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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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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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 Name")...
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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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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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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 use....
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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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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 ...
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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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Why should we keep the copyright year on websites static?

Not a major issues, just a small thing that bugs me. In so many websites and applications, when scrolling down to the footer, you see the year and it's not the present year (2015). Why not auto-...
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How can I customize the Apache licence for my template design?

I have a template with the following license: /*! * name of original creator - name of theme (originalcreator.com) * Code licensed under the Apache License v2.0. * For details, see http://www....
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Selling my unused domain 'example.com' to the trademark holder and owner of 'example.net'

I registered a domain example.com many years ago and had intentions of developing it into a social networking site, but then I got busy with other projects. I recently realized that example.net is a ...
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What does Facebook Ads guidelines mean by 'Attribution'?

In Facebook's Advertising Guidelines, you can read the followng: B. Attribution Ads may not assert or imply, directly or indirectly, within the ad content or by targeting, a user's ...
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Is rebuilding a website considered plagiarism?

Our company has a website hosted and created by some company but we don't like the way things are handled so we decided to pull the plug and create & host our own website. Now the question is: ...