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Does my web hosting/domain register company have the right to delete my website on its server or ban my account? because of illegal things

Most web hosting beginners looking for an expected answer to this question; let say I own a website hosted on a hosting company (Bluehost/GoDaddy...) but my website contains illegal /copyrighted ...
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Should the terms of service for a website match that for the company's service offering?

My SAAS company has a TOS for their service offering. The TOS is provided to the customer when they sign up for service. They want to add a TOS to their website like the TOS that shows up at the ...
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Can I use a reverse proxy service to route web requests to some other port than 80 on my home server to avoid breaking my ISP's ToS?

Is there a way to route all requests thru a proxy service, like Amazon Gateway, to specific ports on my home internet? This will increase security at my home and will allow me to operate with the ...
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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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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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Do I have to provide email and an agent for Copyright Complaints?

I have a website and it works better for me to just have an online Copyright Complaint form, under DMCA Notice of Alleged Infringement. But I see that big websites accept notices through email and ...
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Is it sufficient to have only English for Terms and Conditions?

I'm developing a multi tenancy site which will have more than 1000 active users every day. I'm not sure about the legal perspective for my Terms and Conditions. If I have 80% of the users in lets ...
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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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Youtube tags that describe the videos description in a short video with a long description?

I have a short video on Youtube, with a long description thats like a story about the video. I want to put in a couple of dozen tags that describe/categorise the text in the description. This is not ...
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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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Do all domain name registrar Terms of Service indemnify the registrar for even screwing up registration

I've been reading the Terms of Service for different domain name registrars, and so far I see this worrisome indemnification theme in all of them: They all seem to leave open the right for the ...
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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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Is a privacy policy page really necessary on pages designed for potential hackers?

I have a system setup on my server where users who consistently refresh the page at a ridiculously high rate are redirected to a special page where they have to wait a certain amount of time or to ...
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Terms and conditions integrity [closed]

I have to write terms and conditions of my website, but a doubt came on my mind. What if a user fake his own copy of terms and conditions? How can I demostrate that my version is the correct one?
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Is tos.html some kind of standard Terms of service filename?

I periodically check my log of 404 errors on my site, and aside of most curious hack attempts I often encounter requests for files that are some kind of standard on a specific platform (apple-touch-...
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Encouraging users with AdBlock to whitelist your site - Google AdSense policies

Description: I found a nice practice on websites to deal with users who take advantage of AdBlock's software - here is an article on it (have a look at the image of the cat). I think this should be ...
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Google AdSense's terms of service - Age below range

I'm would like to use on my website AdSense's ads features. The TOS require age above 18. I'm currently 17 and will reach this age after 9 months. Which of the following is the best option? Use a ...
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Can I copy the terms and conditions from a similar site?

I was wondering if it's legal to copy the terms and conditions page from a very similar site? I would replace the name, address, and other identifying information.
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Is it OK to use translations obtained via crawling a translation service with advertising?

Google and Bing not only have their API-based translation, but also their websites which allow for one-off translation. While these are intended for use by humans, this also allows for a webcrawler ...
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Privacy Policy & Terms - Holder of the treatment

I have a legal question: Often I see in Privacy Policies and Terms of Conditions the point/field entitled: "Holder of the treatment." Usually in the "Holder of the treatment" field, websites puts ...
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What do I need to write for a privacy policy page on my website? [closed]

I am currently developing my record label's website and I'm sure I need a page on there about what information I will collect. The website has no log ins or any interaction from the user apart from ...
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Quick question about Google AdSense policy

Is it against the Google AdSense terms of use to direct users to click on the ads? I mean I'm not gonna put a big flashing arrow or anything but what about "check out our sponsors" or something subtle ...
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Who do I turn to for the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy? [duplicate]

Are the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for a web site something I can write up on my own, or do I need to turn to a lawyer or some other professional to do these? Who are the guys who do the ...
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I'm building a social media website and need terms and conditions template. What is the best way to get it? [closed]

I was thinking of getting certain sections from different websites to use to build my terms and conditions or can I just use twitters terms and conditions ?
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Asking for user's 3rd party username/password like Facebook's Find Friends feature

Preface Facebook and other sites have features where they ask users for their credentials for 3rd party web sites (see image below). Presumably, facebook then uses the credentials to login as the ...
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Is there any advantage/disadvantage to using robots.txt to disallow access to legal pages such as terms, privacy policy, etc.?

As I understand, having repetitive content is a detriment to search engine placement. Given that many websites that use similar or even identical "Terms and Conditions" and "Privacy Policy" pages due ...
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Can I hide an embedded YouTube video or is that against the terms of use?

I've been working on a music web application that so far always has a prominently displayed YouTube video that is the source of the music. Is there anything in the terms of service for YouTube that ...
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Is it safe to have no TOS or PP?

I have coded my own forums from the ground up. I have tried my best to make my code as secure as possible and encrypting everything I can. I want to use this forum for a Minecraft server. I have one ...
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Terms and conditions for a simple website [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When does a website require a privacy policy and/or terms of use? I finished building a website for an online chess club which I am a member of. This is my first website. The ...
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Privacy policy and terms of use language

I have a Czech registered business with which I'm serving a web app mostly (but not exclusively) targeted to Italian customers. The server is in Amsterdam. The site will be multilingual (with 4 ...
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Allowing minors to play online browser game

What are some possible legal issues with allowing minors to play in a text-based browser game. The issues I know of are laws against tracking minors (logging IPs at sign in) and laws against ...
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template for terms of condition for social media based website?

I'm looking for a template for a terms of usage text based on social media websites. I'm actually a coder and not into the legal blabla in general. Of course you could spend a thousand or 2 on a ...
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Google Analytics usage disclosure in privacy policy

This "Google Privacy Center" states that: All website owners using Google Analytics are required to have a privacy policy that fully discloses the use of Google Analytics. At the Google ...
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Sample document source - T&C's, hosting, general web? [closed]

One thing that's been on our list to do is getting together some T&C's, hosting documentation and just general web documents. Are there any good sources for this? The one's I've found are a bit ...
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Creative Commons License question

You are free: to Share—to copy, distribute and transmit the work, and to Remix—to adapt the work Under the following conditions: Attribution—You must attribute the work in the manner specified ...
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Customize Facebook Like Box - Policy Infringement

I'm just about to finish up a web project, and so far I've got good social media integration into the site's theme (Youtube and Twitter)...except Facebook Like Box for a not-for-profit's Facebook Page!...
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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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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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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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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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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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Site too large to officially use Google Analytics?

We just got this email from the Google Analytics team: We love that you love our product and use it as much as you do. We have observed however, that a website you are tracking with Google Analytics ...
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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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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 ...