Internet Law Questions & Answers

Q: Does my employer have the right to look at my personal gmail account?

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law for Florida on
Answered on Jul 22, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
If you have set your work computer (which belongs, presumably, to your employer) to be able to access your email without the need for inputting a password, yes: you have given the employer implicit permission.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property, Trademark and Internet Law for California on
Answered on Jul 5, 2018
Camille Brooks Ibrahim's answer
It depends if the party in whom has a domain for it has trademarked a name similar or the exact same.

Q: Someone is harassing and cyberstalking me and my family. Torment me and taking me and my family pictures on internet

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Internet Law, Civil Rights and Domestic Violence for New Jersey on
Answered on Jun 25, 2018
William N. Sosis' answer
You'll need to immediately consult with an attorney. You'll be interviewed and your case will be thoroughly reviewed. An attorney can then file the appropriate papers on your behalf but only after gathering all the necessary facts and evidence. You should contact an attorney willing to give you a free consultation.

Q: Is it illegal to suggest someone should be raped or that they are "asking to be raped" online?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Internet Law and Sexual Harassment for New York on
Answered on Jun 20, 2018
Aubrey Claudius Galloway's answer
That’s a general question and it depends largely on the individual circumstances, but here is my shot; it is likely not illegal nor a civil tort to generally “suggest “X” should be raped”.

The second statement has a better chance being viable in civil court, under the theory of slander. Spreading the rumor the woman was “asking to be raped” online, assuming it is not true, is defamation and a winning law suit could result.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Business Law, Gaming and Internet Law for California on
Answered on Jun 12, 2018
William John Light's answer
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.

Q: I am being accused of using another person's bank account to pay two credit cards. What charges can come from that?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes, Identity Theft and Internet Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Jun 8, 2018
Cary B. Hall's answer
Typically, fraudulent use of another's bank account without his/her permission could carry charges like: forgery; access device fraud; identity theft; theft by unlawful taking; theft by deception; and/or receiving stolen property. The grading of the offenses (felony, misdemeanor, etc.) depends on the amount of money taken -- although forgery is usually a felony anyway.

Q: Can safely I register a domain name that sells advice on a major ecommerce platform ex:"

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property, Internet Law and Trademark on
Answered on Jun 8, 2018
Andrew Zulieve Esq's answer
Your question is a common one, and I typically advise any client who asks it as follows. If you have to ask an attorney that question, you probably realize that your proposal to adopt a domain name incorporating another's domain name or trademark is a potentially risky one. Because of this, I typically urge a client to reconsider that approach. In any event, before you decide one way or another, you should discuss it with an experience attorney in that area of law.

Q: My co worker posted something in social media accussing me of vandalizing his vehicle at work, including deregatory

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Internet Law, Civil Rights and Libel & Slander for California on
Answered on Jun 7, 2018
Louis George Fazzi's answer
You should contact a lawyer qualified to handle defamation matters.

Q: Practice area question:

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Rights, Internet Law and Sexual Harassment for Florida on
Answered on Jun 7, 2018
Tina El Fadel's answer
This is a crime and you should report it to the police. Florida is a two person consent state, it is a felony for someone to record another without their consent. Further, yes, this is an invasion of privacy as it was an electronic intrusion into a person's private quarters and possibly a public disclosure of private facts which a reasonable person would find offensive.

Q: What if your a victim of raqueterring

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Internet Law for Massachusetts on
Answered on Jun 6, 2018
Gary Kollin's answer
I would answer but I do not know what a sounding heat is.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law and Libel & Slander for California on
Answered on Jun 5, 2018
Gerald Barry Dorfman's answer
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 appear pro per, but must be represented by an attorney.

Q: Can I post photos of celebrities, musicians, etc. on my own personal website if I'm deriving profit from the website?

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property, International Law and Internet Law for New Hampshire on
Answered on May 24, 2018
John Espinosa's answer
If you are using it to make money it is not a personal use but a commercial one. Don't use the photos without getting permission from the copyright holder.

Q: Slandering my name on social media. Going through a child custody case.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Family Law, Internet Law and Libel & Slander for Arizona on
Answered on May 17, 2018
Randi Sirlin's answer
The Father is not being very smart. The Court will not look kindly at his behavior. If I were you, I would be taking pictures of all social media that disparages you and making sure, if your case goes to court, that the judge sees the pictures.

I advise my own clients to stop using any social media while I represent them.

If you need further assistance, I recommend contacting an experienced family law attorney.

Q: [Copyright laws] Can I reuse/republish content(article/blog) from a site that is not live anymore on internet?

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Internet Law on
Answered on May 15, 2018
Jason Brooks' answer
The blog owner (or whomever wrote the content) is still the copyright holder for that content, even if it’s no longer being exhibited online. To reuse it for commercial purposes you’d need permission from the owner. You are however, permitted to repost that content and cite the original source, so long as you’re not makin commmercial use of it.

Q: I'm 24 and like an idiot sexted with a 15 yr old and we exchanged pics. I just got this text:

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Internet Law and Juvenile Law for Colorado on
Answered on May 10, 2018
John Hyland Barrett III's answer
This is a scam. I heard about this exact thing on the radio the other day. They will ask you for money to make it go away. Rest assured no actual law enforcement officer would contact you this way. Just ignore it.

Q: My daughter is 15 and a 19 year old is threatening her in school and social media. Can I press charges for harassment?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Education Law, Internet Law and Family Law for New York on
Answered on May 8, 2018
Andrew S. Tabashneck's answer
In New York, there are a number of harassment laws. Generally such laws prohibit a wide array of activities intended to harass, annoy, threaten, or alarm people.

If this 19 year old is threatening and engaging in behavior that would cause a reasonable person to feel annoyed, then at the very least, one of the less serious charges of harassment would apply. It is difficult to determine which level of harassment applies to this situation because of the lack of facts. For instance,...

Q: Have a friend who dated a woman online, found out she’s married with two kids. She’s in Connecticut, he’s in Kentucky.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Communications Law and Internet Law for Kentucky on
Answered on Apr 29, 2018
Timothy Denison's answer
No. The truth is a defense and the lesson is be careful who you associate with.

Q: If Im getting hit by a 17 year old Can I do anything I’m 18?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Internet Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Answered on Apr 24, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
You could call the cops, tell a teacher, tell your parents...

Q: I have designed a logo for an LLC, but when it was time to pay my agreed-upon fees, they ceased communication.

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law, Copyright and Intellectual Property for Utah on
Answered on Apr 23, 2018
Benton R Patterson III's answer
If you have not been paid for your work under a valid contract, you should contact an attorney in the US about collecting what is owed to you.

Q: If I were to promote a website in return for a payment that is doing something illegal would I be held accountable?

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law and Business Law for New Jersey on
Answered on Apr 11, 2018
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.'s answer
Maybe, more information would be needed, but the safe rule is to always say no see backpage. Anything else more information would be needed and expect to pay for the advise for specific information.

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