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1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law, Contracts, Civil Rights and Communications Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Can an owner of an airbnb house release video of a famous person who is on the porch of the home on to the internet?

There is a video of Bill Belichick at a home shirtless going viral on the internet. Would he have civil recourse against the person who released it if the person was the owner of the home that rented it to him or another person? He comes out of the home and remains on the porch for the duration of... View More

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answered on Nov 18, 2023

If an owner of an Airbnb releases a video of a famous person, like Bill Belichick, who is on the porch of their rental property, the legal implications can be complex. The release of such a video may raise issues of privacy. In general, individuals have a reasonable expectation of privacy in... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law and Juvenile Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Hi so my ex girlfriend still had access to my instagram and she went through it months after we broke up and read

through it months after we broke up and read through my messages with another girl where we talked sexually and sent it out to my parents and my job and I got fired because of it is that illegal

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answered on Aug 4, 2023

In Massachusetts and many other jurisdictions, unauthorized access to someone else's social media account or personal information without their consent can be considered a violation of privacy and may be illegal. This act is often referred to as "hacking" or "unauthorized access... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law and Divorce for Massachusetts on
Q: I was allowed access to a email on a shared computer . I took screenshots to prove infidelity

I have texts messages saying check my email to back myself up . Does it make no expectation of privacy due to this my kawyer used my screenshots in my case but wanted a second opinion

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa
answered on Jul 13, 2023

A no no and the Court will neither like it nor allow introduction of it, nor does it usually help your case. Engage divorce counsel ASAP is the best advice.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Internet Law for Massachusetts on
Q: My ex & I shared a family computer . He left his emails and iMessages on the computer we are divorcing

Can i screenshot these messages abd use them in court . I have many texts were he will say “read my email” check my email so he additionally not only left it open with no password he allowed me access

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa
answered on Jul 12, 2023

In Massachusetts both of the parties to a recorded conversation each would need to be aware of same. So, even if husband is shown to have given consent , the other person did not.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Divorce, Family Law and Internet Law for Massachusetts on
Q: My husband allowed me to access his email when married and left his emails and texts on the home family shared computer

We are getting divorced he left private conversations openly on our shared computer between him & a female friend can i screen shot then and use them in divorce ?

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa
answered on Jul 12, 2023

In Massachusetts conversations recording without consent of both parties to the conversation is an offense and the Courts wouldn't allow introduction of same.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Internet Law and Trademark for Massachusetts on
Q: My dad was an ebay guy in the 90s . I sold.com was mailed to him then. Does he still controll it? Not used in years than

I found a catalogue mailed to my dads house. No postal stamp that I see. He was an EBay guy back in 98 to 02. I never knew of Isold.com. But a catalogue was mailed to his house with that in the name line. Could he still have controll of that name? Could it be sold to pay for his long term... View More

Omar Darwich
Omar Darwich
answered on Jul 9, 2021

alot of depends here. I think more facts are going to be needed.

best course of action would be to consult with an attorney

2 Answers | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law and Internet Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Should I include any sort of legal text/disclaimer on my clothing store website?

I'm starting my first online clothing store. Should I include any sort of legal text on my website? My brand is not trademarked yet, I live in the US, and I'll be shipping to ePacket countries. Thank you!

William Scott Goldman
William Scott Goldman
answered on Jun 30, 2020

Trademark protection is always recommended, including searching for any potentially-confusing marks. Otherwise, terms of use, privacy policy and such should all be considered for an e-commerce site. Please call or email if you need assistance with any of the above.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Internet Law for Massachusetts on
Q: What if your a victim of raqueterring

I’m getting a sounding heat for what an old aquaintence got involved in on a huger than huge level

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin
answered on Jun 6, 2018

I would answer but I do not know what a sounding heat is.

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Internet Law and Intellectual Property for Massachusetts on
Q: Can I legally add the word 'fund' to the url for a website?

I am not a registered nonprofit or charity, but I help fundraise for one. Example: billsfund.org

Jonathan R. Roth
Jonathan R. Roth
answered on Jan 23, 2018

It could be considered a material misrepresentation unless there is an agreement in place that protects, you, the charity and the donor.

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2 Answers | Asked in Business Law and Internet Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Is it illegal to make a DIY notebook with logos on it on youtube ? i am not selling anything but i may monetize my video

for example i did a diy video it said HOMEWORK: , at the top , and the the nike logo in the middle with " just do it"

Ali Shahrestani,
Ali Shahrestani,
answered on Jul 8, 2017

That sounds like trademark violation. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, International Law and Internet Law for Massachusetts on
Q: I am threatened and blackmailed by someone in another country. Can US police do anything about it?

My boyfriend living in another country has been blackmailing me with revenge porn and has threatened my life several times. I have lots of proof of this in text messages. When we met he also abused me. I don't know if going to the police will help because I have heard they have no jurisdiction... View More

Brian Lehman
Brian Lehman
answered on Feb 8, 2017

The state has jurisdiction when its citizens are harmed or threatened. The more likely reason for this response is that they do not want to get involved because he is overseas and it takes a lot of effort to get him. Does he ever travel back to the states?

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1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Is Facebook allowed to make me install or execute unwanted software on my system?

Okay, so I recently got locked out of my Facebook account because they assumed that I had a virus on my system. No big deal, until I was forced to download an Antivirus software on my system and run a scan for viruses before I could log back in! I know that I don't have viruses on my system... View More

Ali Shahrestani,
Ali Shahrestani,
answered on Dec 12, 2016

If you want to use their service, then by installing the software and running it on your system, you're making that choice to comply with their request. I don't see how they're "forcing" you. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Gaming and Internet Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Are there any federal or state laws governing internet video games, i.e. BattlePirates by KixEye.

KixEye continues not to live up to their own TOS. If a player is banned from playing the game, they do not give a reason as to why they are banned other then they cheated. No specific examples of how they cheated or anything. In some cases the players that are banned have spent thousand of... View More

Ali Shahrestani,
Ali Shahrestani,
answered on Dec 12, 2016

It's much the same as a store having the right to refuse service to someone. You paid to play, and you enjoyed it whilst you did. Now they're banning you for alleged cheating. When you sign up to play, you accept their Terms of Use. Check their rules. If indeed they've broken their... View More

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