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1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Identity Theft, Internet Law and Social Security for California on

Q: I was a victim of a Social Security scam. I withdrew 25K in cash and deposited it via bitcoin. Can I get my funds back?

Someone called me pretending to be a Social Security officer and claimed that my SSN was linked to drug trafficking, money laundering, and that there was a warrant out for my arrest. He had an accomplice that spoofed his caller ID to make it look as though he was calling from my local Department.... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 10, 2019

Probably not. Thousands of gullible Americans fall prey to "get rich quick" scams like this every day of the week. If you have the name or any other information about who any of these scammers are--or the names of the banks involved--there are experienced lawyers who can try to trace the scammers... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Internet Law for California on

Q: The website"Getty Images"are selling graphic photographs of my 6yo great-aunt's death from 1951.

Getty Images claims to just be the host(although they are the ones licensing and selling the images) :University of Southern California"image library is the contributor and supposed rights manager.i would be grateful for your help in removing these painful and traumatic images removed as soon as... Read more »

Jason Brooks answered on Jun 4, 2019

A good start would be having an attorney draft a simple but effective “cease and desist” letter, accompanied by a DMCA takedown notice to Getty Images. I would be happy to assist. Shoot me an email and we can discuss: jason@altviewlawgroup.com

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Internet Law for California on

Q: I'm a UK Citizen that has never entered Canada before but have a warrant for my arrest

I'm a UK Citizen that has never entered Canada before. I've been contacted and questioned but not charged by Police Scotland due to a warrant being issued for my arrest in Canada involving a dispute with a long distance relationship I had with a female from Canada. I'm not entirely sure what the... Read more »

Gary Kollin answered on Jun 1, 2019

This is far too complicated for this forum. Common sense.. if you wish to teavel to Canada and you never have.. then retain counsel

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Intellectual Property, Consumer Law and Internet Law for California on

Q: A Los Angeles based hosting company without warning denied 100k customers access to their intangible personal property.

The company the 100K customers contracted with is called AlphaRacks. AlphaRacks contracted with a company called QuadraNet to provide the actual computer servers. Those two companies have some type of dispute. Without warning on 5/16/19, QuadraNet disconnected access for all of AlphaRacks... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 30, 2019

The only way to solve this problem is to read all the written contracts made between the two warring companies and then read all the contracts made between you and whichever company you had a contractual relationship with. If you think there is a class action hiding in these facts, hire a lawyer

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Communications Law and Internet Law for California on

Q: Is it legal for police to use dispatch records to expose someone when there isn’t a crime committed?

I called dispatch and gave my name. I then created an anonymous email account and contacted city council. A police officer wrote back (CCing the city council) and addressed me by name, which was given to police dispatch. is this legal? I feel that I’ve been targeted unfairly and the officer had... Read more »

Louis George Fazzi answered on Mar 16, 2019

Insufficient information to offer any kind of sound advice.

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law for California on

Q: Someone is mirroring my website and content on their own domain. Can I sue them to get them to take it down?

Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Dec 27, 2018

That sounds like breach of IP rights, including copyright. Typically a Cease and Desist letter is the first step. What damage has been caused to you as a result? More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property and Internet Law for California on

Q: I used to use Napster in 2000 to download music. Can I still get sued by any of those copyright holders?

Guvenc Acarkan answered on Nov 17, 2018

Copyright Act sets civil statute of limitations to 3 years and criminal proceedings statute of limitations to 5 years. (U.S. Title 17 Section 507). You will not be sued under Copyright Act. Whether there is a state law in California that has an unusual statute of limitations exceeding 18 years,... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Employment Law, Business Formation and Internet Law for California on

Q: what should i do if i was cheated by a cheater who pretended to of me a job?

i am now a international student as a freshman study in UC Davis. And last week i got a email about a offer of part time workspace, i went to the email and talked with the people who handle the email, and he did not tell me his real name. But i (just too curious that time) trusted him, and he gave... Read more »

Gary Kollin answered on Oct 18, 2018

You have been scammed and you are being scammed again.

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1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property, Trademark and Internet Law for California on

Q: How to apply a trademark for AirTrackMats.com?

Peter D. Mlynek answered on Sep 1, 2018

If you own the domain name, you would apply for it just like any other trademark. You can either do it yourself, or get an intellectual property lawyer to do it for you.

If you do not own the domain name, then it is going to be a bit harder, and you need to talk to a trademark attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property, Trademark and Internet Law for California on

Q: If I register a trademark and that name is already used in a domain (but not trademarked yet) can I get that domain?

For example: I trademark HappyCamper (just an example) and there's already a taken domain that's happycamper.com, could I get that domain?

Camille Brooks Ibrahim answered on Jul 5, 2018

It depends if the party in whom has a domain for it has trademarked a name similar or the exact same.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Gaming and Internet Law for California on

Q: Can I force Sony to delete my personal data in messages on their system?

The PlayStation messenger system does not have a means to delete already sent messages. PlayStation support refused to delete my messages containing personal data during a chat request. Their EULA/privacy documentation seems vague and doesn't quite explain this as far as I could understand it, and... Read more »

William John Light answered on Jun 12, 2018

Your personal data, in all likelihood, belongs to Sony. As a result, you are asking if there is a way to force Sony to delete its own property, which you consented to it giving to it. I doubt that is possible.

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law and Libel & Slander for California on

Q: What happens if a social media account with no personal info is threatened to be sued by a corporation?

If the account has no information pertaining to the admin who runs it, and a cease and desist email is recieved, and the account does not cease, what course of action can a corperation take against aforementioned admin if they do not have access to the personal info of the admin.

Gerald Barry Dorfman answered on Jun 5, 2018

If there are grounds to file suit, a lawsuit can be filed, naming "Doe" defendants. With the proper foundation, a subpoena can be served on the social media company to reveal the account holder's information. Then the account holder can be added into the lawsuit. Note, a corporation can not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Intellectual Property and Internet Law for California on

Q: How can I sue someone for stealing digital property worth $50k?

I work in digital marketing with a focus on social media. I owned a Instagram account worth $50k+ and it was hacked and stolen.

How much proof do I need to successfully sue the person that stole it?

If I do have enough proof, what steps should I take to either get the account back... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow answered on Apr 10, 2018

a lawyer needs a lot more info

anyone can sue anyone for anything........the question is proof and collection.

first, you have to prove what you allege and then you need to have a defendant that has that kind of money.

Otherwise, you get a piece of paper that you can't...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Intellectual Property and Internet Law for California on

Q: I entered an agreement with an LLC based on a false info provided by it sole owner, can I sue the owner personally?

The agreement was for app development. However it was not usual. I agreed to accept 25% of the contract while the remaining balance is to be paid once the project gets funded. The client stated that they own the intellectual properties of the idea and that it is legally "clean". A few months into... Read more »

Benton R Patterson III answered on Apr 9, 2018

If the owner personally made a material misrepresentation, then yes, you would be able to sue him or her personally. I recommend speaking with an attorney would has handled these type cases in your state.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Internet Law and Sexual Harassment for California on

Q: Publishing court documents in the child molester's case

Hello! Is it legal to publish our news site the transcript of secretly made conversations of a child molester by his relatives (which is a Exhibit and main Evidence in Superior court in California)? We did redact all the personal information of victim and her parents, but the name of Defendant (who... Read more »

William John Light answered on Apr 6, 2018

You are asking for a legal opinion about a specific case, with very few facts and no compensation to the attorney for the risk in giving an opinion.

In general, unsealed records in a Court file are public records. There are protections for victims of sexual assault, and for minors....
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2 Answers | Asked in Identity Theft and Internet Law for California on

Q: I just found my email address and more of my info on a website that sales email addresses! What can I do about this?

A website is selling my personal info and I'm angry of course so I want to know what I can do about this!

Dale S. Gribow answered on Mar 16, 2018

you need to report to police and possibly hire a lawyer to make an immediate return of your info and to cease and desist.........and possibly sue the other party

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Small Claims, Communications Law and Internet Law for California on

Q: A moderator team on a discussion forum is harassing me, do I have any legal action available to me?

The team of moderators singles me out for ridiculous things, banning me, and allowing other users to harass me, by not holding other users to a similar standard. The website has 1 paid employee, and the moderation team is made up of volunteers. The organizational structure is set up so that if you... Read more »

William John Light answered on Mar 15, 2018

Unless you are being discriminated against based on your age, race, ethnic origin, nationality, disability, gender, sexual orientation, political affiliation, etc., then there is no legal remedy for people being mean to you. Take your business elsewhere.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Copyright and Internet Law for California on

Q: I'm compiling an ebook about the best photography locations in my area. Can I get sued for using public locations?

Can I use public locations in my ebook without permission? For example, state parks, building fronts, local parks, schools, etc. No people are shown in the photos I'm using from whom I haven't gotten permission, but I'm wondering if someone could sue me if they're an owner of the location and I'm... Read more »

Benton R Patterson III answered on Feb 23, 2018

You are free to describe and take photos of public locations (state parts, local schools, etc.). Ownership of real property does not include the right to exclude others from taking photos of the property.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Internet Law for California on

Q: Regarding fair use the the term "educational purposes". Are the profesional teachers only allowed to use this term?

Regarding fair use the the term "educational purposes" is included in the exemptions. Are teachers or schools only allowed to use this term? How about the regular website owners,users, or bloggers that are posting things that can be considered informational or educational? (Ex: website that post's... Read more »

Benton R Patterson III answered on Feb 20, 2018

Most likely it is not fair use to take someone else's image and use it in a blog, even if the purpose is to educate people. An attorney would need to evaluate the entire website to give a confident answer though.

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