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Q: if a game says they will send you money and doesn't, can you sue them?

there's a game called Pusher Winner that claims they will send you money, even has a little countdown clock when your money will arrive. WHen the clock is counted down, the app says that you have to continue playing levels to get the money. They have already said they would send the money and... Read more »

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Q: Is 'cold' social media outreach for commercial purposes illegal in Australia.

Edit: Western Australia, not Washington

After reading the Spam Act 2003 and similar documents, I'm confident that commercial messaging on LinkedIn is legal, and email isn't (exception of inferred consent). But for platforms such as Instagram/Facebook, is it legal to contact people... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Business Law, Consumer Law, Copyright and Internet Law for Washington on
Q: Is it legal to build software that crawls the public Reddit posts of someone and derives statistics/patterns from it?

Basic idea: while browsing online, people come across others that appeal to them in some way (insightful post, match in interests, etc). Normally, a long process of scanning through their content is then needed, to see if they match enough to be worth further effort.

My idea is to create... Read more »

Robert Kost
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Robert Kost
answered on Nov 1, 2021

On the face of it, there is nothing in your proposal that would infringe copyright rights or constitute an invasion of privacy. None of the refinements offered in items 1 to 3 really affect the answer substantially. You will want to look carefully at Reddit's terms of service (including... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Internet Law and Juvenile Law for Washington on
Q: My 14 year old daughter has been charged felony harassment. This is her 1st offence. Will she be found guilty?

She had just got suspended from school for fighting the girl she sent the snapchat to. In the snapchat it states some people have "shooters". She was charged with felony harassment. What should be my next step?

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin
answered on Oct 27, 2019

Stop talking and writing by everyone.

Retain an attorney

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Internet Law and Securities Law for Washington on
Q: Someone keeps creating online accounts to send me foul messages and harass me, can I do anything about it legally?

My boyfriend’s ex girlfriend keeps creating social media profiles to get in touch with me, and recently the messages have turned threatening and has gotten my family involved. She even hacked into my boyfriend’s Facebook account, and messaged me pretending to be my boyfriend to get a nude photo... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
answered on Aug 15, 2019

This is not a securities law question.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Agricultural Law and Internet Law for Washington on
Q: Is it illegal to have a poppy pod as part of your artwork?

I have an etsy shop and listed a handmade box and book with flower seeds. It focuses on Papaver somniferum common names are Opium Poppy, breadseed poppy. Etsy took it down today saying poppy pods and poppy straw are prohibited. I don't want to argue with them but is this just etsy or is... Read more »

Griffin Klema
Griffin Klema
answered on Apr 24, 2019

Most likely it's a subjective determination by Etsy about inclusion of a prohibited item in the product. Clearly, they appear to be taking things a bit far in this regard, but it's Etsy's platform, and therefore its terms of service (or terms of use, etc.) may empower it with the... Read more »

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Q: I bought some sticker logos legally on line. If I apply these logos to hats, can I then sell the logoed hats on ebay?
Barbara Berschler
Barbara Berschler
answered on Sep 2, 2017

Do you intend to apply the actual logo stickers that you bought? In copyright, there is the First Sale Doctrine that provides that if a person buys an object having copyright protected material, the buyer can do what they want with the object. For example for a book, you could give it away or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Internet Law, Business Law and Intellectual Property for Washington on
Q: Eat24 or an affiliate marketer made a site "stacias-pizza.com" that makes it look like my client's. Is this legal?
Will Blackton
Will Blackton
answered on Jul 7, 2017

Are you saying you're a web designer and you created a website for a pizza place, and someone copied and rebranded that website as Stacia's Gourmet Pizza?

If so, how much of your work was copied? What elements: images, text, html?

Or are you saying that Stacia's...
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