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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Internet Law for California on
Q: I am being texted by my moms neighbor. I used to live there but moved out two years ago. I never have spoken to him.

I don't know how he received my number but he started sending me pictures and messages in a foreign language. I ignored all messages as I assumed they were from a mistaken sender until one day I receive a picture of the cars in front of my moms house. I google the number and we trace it to my... Read more »

James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
answered on Sep 22, 2022

I also think a restraining order may be a good idea given what you've shared. Given this is not a close family member, you'll need to speak with an attorney about filing a request for a Civil Harassment Restraining Order. Good luck. [I litigate cases. Anything posted here must not be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law and Sexual Harassment for Florida on
Q: Someone is blackmailing me after receiving pictures of my exposed body. How do I handle this if they are Underaged?

This person sent photos first. Then threatened to expose me unless I sent them money? They did send it to one person without my consent already.

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
answered on Sep 21, 2022

By your opening admission, this is the bed that you made, so I doubt the Florida courts will get involved.

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law, Juvenile Law, Municipal Law and Civil Litigation for Florida on
Q: Do I need a consent form from a stranger to show them in a monetized YouTube video?

I'm planning on making YouTube videos in which I record conversations with people in public places (with a cashier, waiter, person at the park, etc.) and then use that clip to help teach people English by explaining the meaning of what I and the stranger said. My YouTube channel is... Read more »

J. Tanner James
J. Tanner James
answered on Sep 20, 2022

A signed release is always your best option. Depending on your location, you could be dealing with privacy laws AND publicity laws, and a failure to obtain a signed release could expose you to serious civil liability. Given the purported nature of your videos, I would imagine participants would... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Internet Law for California on
Q: Have a copyright infringement question? can u help?

received a threatening letter to cease and desist for sharing a photo on facebook... it was a photo of a some mountains...nothing x-rated or of a person.....

I immediately deleted the photo...but received 2nd letter threatening and asking for money or else will go to court......what shall we do?

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Sep 17, 2022

Likely a scam. Hard for them to get any money from you if they cannot prove much in the way of damages. Feel free to contact me for some assistance if you still need help.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Business Law and Internet Law for California on
Q: Hello I am wondering if a lawsuit can be brought against yahoo for strong arming customers into their prem tech suppt.

I called yahoo today about an issue with receiving an email from TIKTOC. I had no trouble getting in my emails on my cell phone or desktop computer at all and use it daily. After speaking to the Agent I was logged out on all devices to my yahoo account then told I had to reset the password. An old... Read more »

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Sep 17, 2022

It may be considered false or deceptive advertising under California Business and Professions Code § 17200.

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property and Internet Law for Arizona on
Q: GoDaddy Domain Issue

Our company owns a domain called <name disclosed> which serves as an online shop and has generates several hundreds of thousands of USD in sales.

Our domain was registered with GoDaddy.com years ago.

On Thursday, 15th September 2022, I called Godaddy explaining to them that I... Read more »

Erik Špila
Erik Špila
answered on Sep 16, 2022

Dear Mrs or Mr,

yes, filing a lawsuit against the company would probably be possible, but I strongly advice you to consult it with an attorney at law so he can check all the details and analyse the situation. By doing this, you will have better understanding of your chances in this case.

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law for New York on
Q: Is it possible to file a lawsuit against a company for sending an inappropriate email even if they were hacked?

A racial slur was used.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 12, 2022

It could depend on the total circumstances and the severity. If you're looking at it in terms of an intentional tort type of setting, the hacking would be raised as an issue. More information is needed, but keep in mind that these types of cases might not be handled on a contingency basis.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Libel & Slander and Internet Law for Michigan on
Q: Is it possible to not know if you had a restraining order that was put on you 5 months ago in Michigan?

A woman I reported to the police in May made a tiktok video with me with my pics name and another females pictures accusing us of stalking her and talking to her man. She labeled me stalker no.1 with a restraining order she claims she filed 5 months ago. When I went to the police to complain about... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Sep 9, 2022

If there were a restraining order - more technically called a PPO - the police should have told you when you reported this.

You can go to the circuit court in your county to see if one has been filed.

I suppose you could try to sue this person civilly - and you possibly have some...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Internet Law for Maryland on
Q: If someone is being harassed online to extent of having the Amazon wish list stalked what can they do?
Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Sep 6, 2022

Can they see your Amazon wish list without having your login information? I recommend changing your password on your Amazon account.

If someone is harassing you, you can file for a Peace Order. You can research what is necessary to get a Peace Order and the elements of harassment. Note...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Internet Law and Criminal Law for Illinois on
Q: what to do when police and media publish false statements to community of a person arrested for 1st degree murder

our small town corruption is all over this town the police are bias to me and my family to a point they do not help us and crimes commited against us are either flipped or completely ignored all together like a home invasion was committed at my home i had it on video and the police caught them in... Read more »

Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko
answered on Aug 31, 2022

Any criminal arrest may be discovered publicly. The charging decision lies with the prosecution after a felony review, based on the police investigation and other existing evidence.

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law for Louisiana on
Q: IN THE STATE OF LOUISIANA IS IT ILLEGAL TO USE SOMEONE ELSE'S NAME ON SOCIAL MEDIA WITHOUT PERMISSION
Erik Špila
Erik Špila
answered on Aug 24, 2022

Dear Mrs or Mr,

if you are reffering to identity theft then this is definitely not legal to act as someone else without their permission on social media or anywhere else.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Identity Theft and Internet Law for Colorado on
Q: So I foolishly got in contact with a hacker and they have all of my info. They also blackmailed me. What should I do?
Erik Špila
Erik Špila
answered on Aug 24, 2022

Dear Mrs or Mr,

in this case you should definitely first contact the local police and provide them more case details. They should advice you accordingly.

I wish you a good luck with this situation and I hope they will help you.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Internet Law and Wrongful Death for California on
Q: Is it illegal to tell someone to ask their doctor if a prescription to end-of-life medication is right for them?

I know it's illegal to tell someone to commit suicide on an online game. However, would recommending that a person contact their physician and see if end-of-life medication is right for them as per the End of Life Option Act in the State of California be legal? (with and without that... Read more »

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi
answered on Aug 13, 2022

Not illegal to suggest that someone who is suicidal should seek the help of a physician.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Civil Litigation and Internet Law for Wisconsin on
Q: How do I find out if I'm one of the claimants on Davis versus Facebook?
Adam T. Carralejo
Adam T. Carralejo
answered on Aug 8, 2022

The class action has a website where you can do this, here:

https://www.fbinternettrackingsettlement.com/submit-claim.php

1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes and Internet Law on
Q: Is it illegal to log into someone’s snap account without them knowing but not doing anything bad?

I saw a tiktok of someone saying they’re gonna get police involved because an ex logged into their snapchat account but didn’t necessarily do anything and I was wondering if they can actually do that

Adam T. Carralejo
Adam T. Carralejo
answered on Aug 8, 2022

No, unauthorized access to an account is not allowed. Most platforms prohibit unauthorized access. Legally there are are problems as well - its a violation of Federal law and various state laws. However, law enforcement very rarely investigates these issues or charges anyone. They will generally... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law, Internet Law, Copyright and Trademark for New York on
Q: I have a DBA in NYC (advertising, marketing agency), and want to sell one of our services from a website for just that

Am I protected from having my new site's logo/idea/branding infringed upon?

The new name will be listed as a project of mine/my DBA on both websites.

Samuil Buschkin
Samuil Buschkin
answered on Aug 1, 2022

A d/b/a (doing business as) is simply an alternative trade name for a business. Different states have registration requirements for DBA's. A trademark protection or copyright protection are an entirely different issue. There is a process underlying the registration of a trademark or a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Internet Law and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: I sent someone money on a cash app for an rv they had for sale but now I can't get a hold of her

And there's no buyer's protection on this app that I sent the money through

Tristan Nicolas LeGrande
Tristan Nicolas LeGrande
answered on Jul 18, 2022

You should make a police report. In the future, if suggest only using a payment system with some kind of buyer protection (like paypal, etc). Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Internet Law and Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: I don't know what to do and I need advice to see if there is anything I can do legally about i this.

Legal documents and personal information are being posted on social media as a form of harassment and to discredit my fiance what can I do about this. I know the person responsible. What are my options

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on Jun 27, 2022

An attorney must review the materials/posts you mention in order to provide an opinion on your legal options and the worthwhileness of the options. See an attorney in your area who handles defamation of character and/or invasion of privacy claims or general civil litigation. If there is false... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Internet Law for California on
Q: Can I sue a law firm for having my tragic story up and they are not involved or representing anyone in the case?

Recently my Mother and my Aunt were both brutally killed by a non-remorseful 18 y/o reckless driver. Whilst googling the story, I came across a law firm that had my families story highlighted on their web sight as the cover. It says something similar to ' Don't let this happen to you,... Read more »

Eric Gene Young
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answered on Jun 23, 2022

I know exactly the type of website you are describing, and they are, frankly, disgusting. I have had firms with these type of websites post information about cases I am handling. Unfortunately, the smarmy firms that use this kind of advertising typically obtain information about cases from publicly... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Education Law and Internet Law for Maryland on
Q: Can I seek financial retribution from child academy for forwarding emails to other parent in custody battle situation?

The other parent and I were recently in a custody battle. While my child was at this daycare/center academy, the facility forwarded my emails asking about my child's progress and wellbeing to the other parent. They then used those emails as evidence against me in court (nothing negative was... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jun 18, 2022

Unless you had sole legal custody at the time your child was in daycare and the emails were sent, or there was some contractual agreement covering confidentiality of communications, both parents would have access to their child's records at daycare. Even then, that would not prohibit an... Read more »

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