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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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How (il)legal is it to get data from a 100% accessible but not "exposed" API

Let me be clear. There is one thing I know fairly well, it is copyright law. I am not a lawyer, however, knowledge of copyright was a constant requirement of my consultancy for 30 years. As an added ...
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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 name—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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Why are these sites cloning my content, and how do I stop them?

Okay. This is a rather odd one, but not as tragic as you would think. I am not sure what the payoff would be. This makes absolutely no sense to me as to why someone would do this. I cannot see an ...
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Is rebuilding a website considered plagiarism?

This completely depends on your contract. If you have a contract with them stating they will build a website and manage it for you, but they retain the rights, then no you can not rebuild it. There ...
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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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How should copyright notices be formatted on websites?

They are technically all correct because the proper usage of a copyright notice is to inform its users there is a copyright license or agreement on the website in question, therefor regardless of the ...
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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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Has the EU sued any site(s) yet for not complying with their cookie "law"?

The first fines specifically for cookie law compliance failures have been handed out by the Spanish Data Protection Authority. They were given to two companies running a number of jewellery websites, ...
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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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Google's Icon Legality

Here is a list of policies: Permissions. If your issue isn't covered in these, I suggest you Contact Them via email.
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Selling my unused domain 'example.com' to the trademark holder and owner of 'example.net'

As per my comments, it would be unwise to solicit the sale of example.com directly to the owner of example.net, as that might be interpreted or argued as a sign of bad faith, and/or that you don't ...
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How (il)legal is it to get data from a 100% accessible but not "exposed" API

One thing that doesn't seem very clear in the other answers here... Whether it's "legal" or not, first and foremost, depends on the country. If we're talking about the United States, for example, ...
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Who is affected by the EU cookie law?

Your find a lot of information by searching on Google, with any website if the website is accessible by a country or regional zone then you most comply with their rules and laws, if you don't agree ...
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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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How (il)legal is it to get data from a 100% accessible but not "exposed" API

While closetnoc has discussed the issue of the data itself, there's a larger legal concern: you are not authorized to access the API offering the data. The baseline for most computer crime laws ...
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Can company "Elephant" legally take the domain "elephant.chat" away from the company "ElephantChat"?

The short answer? No. Speaking from a U.S. perspective: In order for anyone to file a complaint and recover a registered domain, you would have to knowingly register a trademark as a domain name. ...
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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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How (il)legal is it to get data from a 100% accessible but not "exposed" API

It probably depends on the nature of the data. Pure data (think telephone directory) cannot be copyrighted. So a list of cities from an API should be fair game to copy and show to users. However, ...
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Is rebuilding a website considered plagiarism?

Happened to me (designer/coder/hoster) before – and will happen again. My approach always was that it's of course sad to see clients go, but of course it's ok if they take their website with them. And ...
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How should copyright notices be formatted on websites?

First needs to come "©". "Copyright" "©" are the same thing so you could choose either. You only need one of them and you shouldn't use both. You could also use "(c)" or "Copr." instead if you ...
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Does a Creative Commons "Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License" classify a nonprofit as a "commercial entity"?

Although a nonprofit organization is a legal entity with certain tax exemptions and possible charitable status, that classification doesn't necessarily mean all reuse would be considered noncommercial....
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Can I use web fonts from FontSquirrel on a commercial website legally?

From what I understand, the ability to use fonts on websites is at the discretion of the font's license. For some licenses you are able to modify fonts whilst also being able to redistribute them, ...
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Trademark ® Symbol Required in Product Description?

It probably is, from a purely legal standpoint actually required. Our company was actually sued about it several years ago. We were selling Brand's products on our website and selling them as Brand ...
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