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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 answered on Aug 15, 2019

This is not a securities law question.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Collections and Internet Law for Tennessee on

Q: need some on to do a motion to entry Qdro order for alimony arrears.

Bennett James Wills answered on Aug 12, 2019

If you are looking for an attorney, you can use this site to search for a family law attorney with experience in QDROs in your area. QDROs can be difficult so you should find someone who has experience in this area.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Internet Law on

Q: My friend from Hungary sold a digital camera worth £480 and sent it to the uk. as we found out it she got scammed,

she sold the camera to someone in the UK who said she needs to post the camera before they could pay. she posted the camera and later received a few fake emails (clearly fake, spelling mistakes etc) and a fake confirmation email. also received fake emails from the Royal Bank of Scotland asking her... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 7, 2019

Have your friend write up this entire incident and attach whatever documents she may have relating to it, make several copies and send a copy of the complaint to the highest ranking agency in the UK and in Hungary. It may not help her get her camera back but it will give the authorities some... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law, Internet Law and Securities Law on

Q: I need help

good evening i am from Serbia

I'm talking to a red cross doctor, he told me he would send me a value package.

I paid 1,500 euros for the trip. now they asking 9,000 euros for exchange of ownership certificate. the package is from syria i have no one to contact i dont know if this is... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 5, 2019

This sounds suspiciously like some sort of a scam.

Regular advice to all askers: Never send any money to anyone unless you actually know who you are dealing with.

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law on

Q: I just received a notice that my dropbox had been subpoenaed a year ago. Should I be worried?

I have not been contacted by law enforment or anyone since the compliance by Dropbox. It's been a long time so I'm wondering if the case would be even still open at this point.

Stop following question

Anthony M. Avery answered on Aug 3, 2019

Yes you should still be worried. Many Felonies have multiple year Statutes of Limitations. You might check various Felonies in your State that you feel might affect you, and check out the respective SOLs. Within

the SOL, Law Enforcement/Prosecutors must initiate a criminal charge.

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

Q: Fair use to generate transcripts of others' YouTube videos for purposes of research?

I am a doctoral candidate conducting research on social media, specifically the YouTube platform. Is it fair use for me to prepare transcripts of publicly accessible YouTube videos that I am not the creator of for the purposes of research? The transcripts will not be re-sold, but strictly used for... Read more »

Warren V. Norred answered on Aug 1, 2019

This appears to be a classic Fair Use and if you aren't using it for commercial purposes, the factors of Fair Use should lean toward allowing your use. My initial two cents is that you are fine.

I'd probably want to give credit to Youtube and the content creators in your research.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Civil Rights and Internet Law for Michigan on

Q: My Ex-wife and I that live together have been constantly harassed for 6yrs,online,public and want it to stop. How?

I divorced my 1st wife in 2012, married my current ex-wife in 2014 and my 1st ex and my daughter(18) keeps harassing in public, online, my own family now involved and all their friends. I have had cease and desist letters sent out, told them I don't want contact and they still do. Have posts all... Read more »

Kenneth V Zichi answered on Jul 25, 2019

The 'solution' would seem to be a personal protection order. Investigate that to determine if you have enough evidence to proceed with a local family law attorney.

That said, appreciate that a PPO is only a court order. If your ex continues to violate that order, it would require further...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law and Internet Law on

Q: Hi, my question is about legal pages on a new website.

I am starting a chatting website and i would like to know if the online templates for privacy policy, cookies, disclaimer and term and conditions will cover me for the first running period.

Tim Akpinar answered on Jul 20, 2019

As a general matter, many attorneys would probably agree that on small sites, these items don't differ significantly from one site to another; there are only so many ways to reinvent the wheel. However, it could still be difficult for an attorney to give a blanket approval to a template package you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Communications Law, Identity Theft and Internet Law on

Q: Crime related to hacking someone's account/phone, spying/stalking, and receiving threats about posting private pics of u

What kind of crime will you commit if you hacked into someone’s account, spy on them, invading your privacy, and giviving them threats that if you don’t do what I want I’m gonna posts your private photos something like that. I’m dating this girl and she has this weird creepy as ex-boyfriend... Read more »

Gary Kollin answered on Jul 14, 2019

What state did this occur in?

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Banking, Civil Litigation and Internet Law for New Mexico on

Q: I am being billed monthly, and CitiBank is paying over my objections, for a service I haven't used since 2016.

When I call the number listed for the invalid bill on my Citi statements, they hang up on me with no discussion. The email address on their website doesn't work.

Regardless, Citi says I need to communicate with the vendor to stop charges. I can't communicate with them and haven't received... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jul 8, 2019

FYI: You are fighting the "triangle" battle that very few--if any--bank customers can ever hope to win. But as a former bank operations officer, I will tell you the easiest and most effective way to win and stop the monthly bleeding:

Close your account at Citi Bank--and do not open up a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes, Gov & Administrative Law and Internet Law for Arizona on

Q: Can I be charged at all if someone commits suicide after watching a YouTube video that I posted a comment on?

A few years ago I left a comment in the comment section of a YouTube video. This video wasn't mine, but essentially dismissed the legitimacy of depression and similar mental illnesses. I said some pretty unenlightened things about depressed people in my comment (e.g. that they're... Read more »

Mike Branum answered on Jul 8, 2019

A) The statute of limitations (law setting a deadline by which charges must be filed or a claim made) has likely run on this event. B) Opinion is almost always protected speech unless it is inflammatory, contains untruths, or is damaging to a person's professional reputation. C) It is impossible to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Family Law and Internet Law for Louisiana on

Q: My ex is posting my child support payment and arrears amount on her social media, is there any action I can take?

My full name is included on the screen shot that she is posting online.

Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jun 17, 2019

If it is false information, yes you can take action. If it is accurate, no you can't.

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law and Internet Law for Ohio on

Q: Can my ex drop telecommunication harassment. Me and her talked over everything and everything is fine now

I really need an answer

Matthew Williams answered on Jun 14, 2019

Your ex can talk to the prosecutor but at the end of the day it’s the prosecutor’s call whether or not to continue the prosecution.

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law for New Jersey on

Q: my son is arrested for recording a girl doing sexual acts on her phone. Also this happened about 3 years ago when 15

They were dating, he was recording while they were together so she had knowledge Did they have to wait for him to become 18? What is the worst cast scenario? He’s being charged with invasion of privacy and cyber bullying

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Jun 11, 2019

No they don't have to wait until he is 18 to Charge Him. Get him a lawyer now or if you can't afford one a public defender.

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 Business Law and Internet Law for Florida on

Q: Selling t shirts on social media to raise awareness and cite facts written by government and cdc

I’m starting a social media account to raise awareness on Camp Lejeune toxic water. There’s a lot of government websites,like and the cdc that contain useful information I want to talk about and give links for. I also plan to sell T-shirt’s to raise profit for awareness but I don’t... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 7, 2019

So glad to hear someone like you say "I'm worried about any legal trouble this could cause." Read on:

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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:

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 Criminal Law and Internet Law on

Q: Is it acceptable for a student to bad mouth a teacher online using bad language reasoning out it's only a free speech.

Gary Kollin answered on Jun 1, 2019

It definitely is not a criminal violation

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