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Using competitors domain with different ending to boost traffic

I'm not sure of the term but it's similar to coming out with a soda and calling it Koka-Kola and hoping you can get away with it. You won't. If you are going to compete, compete with superior ...
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Using competitors domain with different ending to boost traffic

First, as already pointed out, it's trickery and unlikely to serve you well. Someone typing in a specific domain name knows what site they want, and it isn't yours; how do you suppose they'll react ...
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Using competitors domain with different ending to boost traffic

I've been on the other end of this scenario. It was a couple of years ago, but I can't imagine much has changed. We held the trademark on the domain nameā€”let's say we were ExtraSpecialVeeblefetzers....
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Is it legally problematic to use the same WordPress theme as my competitor?

Copyright applies to content. So copyright would not apply here since the content is uniquely yours (assumption) and that the theme is available for use by many. Trademarks should be registered (...
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Is it allowed to embed YouTube videos behind a paywall?

You may not use embedded YouTube videos behind a paywall. That is prohibited by YouTube in section 4 of the YouTube terms of service: D. You agree not to use the Service for any of the following ...
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Using competitors domain with different ending to boost traffic

First off, how are you going to get traffic to that domain? Google aren't going to index it if it simply redirects to your domain. If you use any other means to promote traffic to your site through ...
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Google recieves court order to produce information relating to AdSense account

1) Yes ii - Unknown, but it may help to keep the information under seal in the court records instead of being accessible to anyone who requests the records of the case. c. I wouldn't at this time. ...
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.com domain registered offshore

According to Judge William A. Fletcher's opinion on Office Depot v. Zuccarini, the jurisdiction over a domain name is dependant on the jurisdiction of the domain name registry. The registry for .com ...
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Is it legal republish any article with Credits and Canonical Link?

No it is not legal. It is copyright infringement to copy and republish any article without the proper license to do so. Noting the source and adding a canonical does not in any way limit your legal ...
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Using competitors domain with different ending to boost traffic

This is unfortunately a common practice on the internet and so there is a generally accepted process which many domain owners avail themselves of and that is to contact the registrar of the offending ...
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Deleting backups - Request to delete customer data - Data Protection Act 1998

Morgan Lewis is a law firm with offices in the UK and they have published information (as of 2012 which is the most recent authoritative publication I can find on the subject) on the ICO's guidance on ...
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Is it a legal problem if a domain name is a last name?

Depends what you do with it. If it's an innocent use that has nothing to do with the family in question, you are probably fine. I'm sure there are people with the given name Trivago out there. They ...
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Can I use images from the manufacturer's website or other retailers for my eCommerce site?

No. You cannot. Copyright and trademark law applies no matter what you are using it for or for whom. But just ask for permission. This removes all ambiguity. Promoting their product that you are ...
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Is it legally problematic to use the same WordPress theme as my competitor?

Just adding to closetnoc's answer. Wordpress is released with GPLv2 (or later) from the free software foundation. Part of this license outlines requirements for derivative works, such as plugins or ...
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Is it legal to mention some affiliate companies as our sponsors in website?

It usually depends on the country and the company's requirement/agreement for disclosing the relationship. For example in the US, the FTC requires clear and conspicuous disclosures for affiliate ...
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Countering a DMCA removal from Google Search for a root category page

First some background information, as you are noticing a pattern. Generally speaking a "Notice of DMCA removal from Google Search" is submitted by a 3rd company that claims to be specialized in ...
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GDPR - Kills email marketing, How can I do email marketing under GDPR?

It sounds like the problem here is people are already not very engaged with your emails. I see two approaches to reach your audience before the deadline: Send another email, but make it engaging. ...
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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?

According to copyright.gov: Copyright protects original works of authorship [...] Ideas and discoveries are not protected by the copyright law, although the way in which they are expressed may be. ...
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Should I hide the content inside the cookies law compliance banner from search engines?

It's fine, there's no need to hide it. Google knows these things need to exist, and having one will not hurt your SEO. Indeed, many large sites, e.g., Android and Google themselves, don't hide their ...
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Do I need permission to use a company's logo for my website application?

Depends on the company. Some might be ok with you using the logo, some might not be ok, some might even require you do follow certain rules. For example Microsoft has very specific rules for using ...
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Is it a legal problem if a domain name is a last name?

There is no current legal claim that can easily be made for a name as property with the exception of proven lineage. For example, Lord McDonald who's family has operated a restaurant for 700 years, ...
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How should creative commons attribution for images be shown?

There is a Google Webmaster post from 2009 saying that you should wrap image and license like that: <div about="image.jpg"> <img src="image.jpg"> <a rel="license" href="https://...
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Can I avoid delivering my personal data publicly when I register a domain?

You can purchase private registration with most, if not all, registrants for a fee that's usually just a few dollars per year. Or you can get a post office box and Google phone number to keep it all a ...
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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'm leaving the legal part to others, I'm replying about the implementation: Using an index.html is a terrible idea. Say your website has pages indexed somewhere, or some forum has a few backlinks. If ...
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Are you allowed to register a .com.au domain that contains a famous brand's trademark?

You can register it in some registrars. It's not a problem, and it's completley legit to register something that is nonexisting. But, In this case, when the DNS is propagated, you'll lose your domain ...
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Is it legally problematic to use the same WordPress theme as my competitor?

Would I be right in saying that as they do not own the intelluctual rights this wouldn't be a problem to do. No. Copyright is far from the only applicable law here. For instance in Brookfield ...
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How can I prevent a blogspot blog from misusing our company's toll free number?

I think you can try this Blogger form to report inappropriate blogger content On that form, select the Unlisted phone number option and fill up all details. I think Google don't consider toll free ...
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Is it illegal/discrimination to build website without screen reader accessibility?

Yes, it's possible that you (the developer) and/or the owner of an inaccessible website could be sued if the website isn't accessible. The Americans with Disabilities Act has recently been used in a ...
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Same pronunciations but different letters will lead to Legal case?

... TLDs are different but the pronunciations are same. Even the Quickr.com is taken by them too. will this lead to a Legal, Branding problem in future? Can they acquire my site future? You could try ...
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Google index spamming with our company name

Read the section regarding Legal Removal Requests, after you read it to see under which category your issue relates to, if so then go down and press Submit a Legal Request, it will take you through a ...
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