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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
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
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
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,... Read more »

William John Light
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
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... 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
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... Read more »

Benton R Patterson III
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
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
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
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... Read more »

Benton R Patterson III
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... Read more »

Benton R Patterson III
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.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Internet Law for California on
Q: Does fair use eductional purposes only apply for teachers? Are bloggers or website owners allowed to use this reason?

Does fair use eductional purposes only apply for teachers? Are bloggers, website owners, or regular website users allowed to use this reason? For example, you are posting some informative content in your website with the image(the image is related to the context) which is copyrighted also posted.... Read more »

Andrew Zulieve Esq
Andrew Zulieve Esq answered on Feb 16, 2018

The statutory fair use exception to a copyright owner's exclusive rights applies to all.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Internet Law and Securities Law for California on
Q: If I told somebody they could have a computer hard drive, are they legally allowed to browse my personal data?

My ex wife is claiming that while she said in an email that she would return my computer after she backed up her files, I had previously told her via text that she should keep the hard drives. Her intent is to access the hard drives' data, including ten years worth of my data, and copy... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jan 31, 2018

if you gave it to her you probably should have thought of that then.

you can contact a lawyer to send a demand letter for the return of the drive.

1 Answer | Asked in International Law and Internet Law for California on
Q: 4 months ago i purchased a customised snap filter for my brother’s wedding. Filter never showed up and no refund.
Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg answered on Jan 23, 2018

The retainer will very likely exceed the value of whatever a customized seal filter is. Have you tried charging it back on your credit card? Have you reported it to the web merchant that deals with customer complaints?

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Internet Law for California on
Q: Can a website administrator provide access to the relatives of an account member?
William John Light
William John Light answered on Jan 17, 2018

Maybe. Is there a Power of Attorney, Guardianship, Parent-Minor relationship? What do the terms of service say?

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law, Sexual Harassment, Libel & Slander and Criminal Law for California on
Q: my sister's fiance received a text from a number talking crap about my sister and me, how can i report this ?

my sister got engaged recently and her fiance got a text message from a number saying a lot of bad stuff about my sister and me hoping that my sister fiance call off everything, but gladly he doesn't believe it because he knows my sister well, but we want to know the person and report it

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jan 17, 2018

You only report things that are crimes, like threats, or challenges to fights, etc. If someone wrote factual statements that are incorrect and that damaged your reputation, you might have a civil lawsuit. If so, you might contact an attorney to discuss details. Collecting from this kind of claim... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Internet Law for California on
Q: My neighbors have Ring Cameras and microphones on their house. I would like them not to record my private backyard.

Neighbors have ring cameras.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Dec 21, 2017

a lawyer would want more info on what must be a feud....

you might need a lawyer to write a letter requesting in a nice way that they cease and desist..............

or you might file in small claims and your case would come up within a few months.

however i would suggest you...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, International Law, Internet Law and Trademark for California on
Q: would it be legal to someone else' s products on my website and have my site name similar to the product name?

I am planning to make my own website to sell someone else's products, but would it be legal to have the site name similar to the product name? For instance, the product name is Kate, but my site name will be Kate-u.s.a.

I won't use the same logo and font, as well.

I live... Read more »

Julie King
Julie King answered on Dec 2, 2017

The answer is it depends. If the person who owns the product and product name claims trademark rights to the product name and your name is substantially likely to cause confusion in consumers' minds as to who produced the product, then you would be infringing on the other person's... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Personal Injury, Internet Law and Libel & Slander for California on
Q: A personal injury lawyer for his client states that I am intentionally disparaging the client's business online. How?

I posted the before and after pictures of a taxidermy service I received on my deceased pet. Honestly, I've contacted every facility in the U.S. for a redo and they all said, the pet is ruined, can't be redone, All confirmed the pet looked horrible and that it was not industry standard... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Nov 16, 2017

ANYONE CAN SUE ANYONE FOR ANYTHING AT ANY TIME.........THE QUESTION IS WHETHER ONE CAN COLLECT AND THEN WHETHER THE SUIT IS IMPROPER THUS ALLOWING THE OTHER PARTY TO SUE FOR DAMAGES.

IF YOU WERE TO SUE YOU WOULD GO TO SMALL CLAIMS COURT I WOULD SUSPECT

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