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1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law, Libel & Slander and Criminal Law for California on
Q: One of my social media followers has been harassing me for 3+ years and I don't talk to her. How can I get her to stop?

She has been "stalking" me for 4-5 years. She follows all my business/social media activity and anytime I do something, she spams negative reviews, makes defamatory comments about me, has messaged 50+ of my friends/colleagues speaking poorly of me. This is hurting my business because... Read more »

Theodore Allan Greene
Theodore Allan Greene answered on Jan 14, 2021

You can get a civil restraining order. You can sue her as well. You have a very tough row to hoe.

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law and Sexual Harassment for Nebraska on
Q: Will a sergeant from the ICAC contact an individual to discuss about charges accused to them?

Girl from Bumble listed as 18. Flirtatious photos sent and claims she is almost 17 and lives near the area. Father calls next day threatening 30 years in prison. Counseling fees said need to be paid. ICAC Sergant contacted next day through a text asking to "speak about allegations of being in... Read more »

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Jan 4, 2021

I'm not sure what you are referring to by the abbreviation of ICAC. Your facts sound similar to a well-known blackmail scam.

See article with advice on such scam below:

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law and Internet Law on
Q: Can I use the term "humans of" for my social media organization, such as Humans of Cooksville?

Similarly to the Humans of NY but I'm using it for Cooksville, Mississauga. I'll be using it for my social media as a project under my non-for-profit.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 31, 2020

If you're asking from the standpoint of concerns about infringing on someone's (or some company's or organization's) existing right to use those terms with a recognized name or brand, that is something a trademark attorney knows the most about. There's no guarantee that all... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law, Internet Law and Small Claims for Florida on
Q: Can I do this without being an attorney/law firm?

I want to start a small company where I send demands (seeking settlements) to companies for violations of u.s. telemarketing laws...I have seen places that help with accidents that arent actually law firms, am I able to do something similar but with telemarketing?

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron answered on Dec 13, 2020


1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Entertainment / Sports, Internet Law and Trademark on
Q: I am planning to monetize my YouTube channel under a name that contains the phrase Hogwarts. Will be able to do it?

The channel content will be Information Technology Tutorials.

The channel name goes like Hogwarts______ . Will I be subjected to a copyright or trademark issue?

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Dec 11, 2020

Very likely.

I would discourage you from using that name or anything that can be thought or associated with an existing brand.

Consult with an attorney to understand your risks.

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law, Criminal Law and Internet Law on
Q: My Internet Activity is being heard aloud in the street

The title says it all. Annoying when accessing financial accounts, emails, conversations with family/friends, photos, etc.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 29, 2020

It's possible your internet service provider could help you more with this than an attorney could. You could ask them what measures you could take to enhance your security (password protection for network, log in protocols for sites you use, etc.). They would probably have other suggestions... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Internet Law for California on
Q: question about finding help for friend in California

So I have a friend whom met someone on an app he pretended to be female, once he learned her name and city he found where she lived and went to her home and threatened her and her son, she did what she could to keep them both safe then once she felt she was safe as was her son she reported him to... Read more »

David Michael Lehr
David Michael Lehr answered on Nov 21, 2020

Booking can take hours. She is where the "crimes" occurred. Call a local attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Internet Law for Texas on
Q: Is it against the law to hack into someone's snapchat account & save their nudes?

After this person hacked the account & saved the nudes they could, they texted the account owner off a fake number holding the account ransom because they wanted the code to the "My eyes only" folder. They said they'd only give the account back if they got the code to the rest of... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Nov 16, 2020

Yes, very illegal. The offense of Breach of Computer Security (33.02) by accessing the account without the consent of the owner. The level of this offense depends on the amount of monetary damage caused or threatened.

The offense of Electronic Access Interference (33.022) was committed if...
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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law, Tax Law, International Law and Internet Law for Texas on
Q: Hey plzz reply ASAP dear...I too live in the can you get paid from youtube even after having F1 visa?

So if I upload a video from US but link it with my homecountry bank...which means I can't get the money in USA but only get money in my home country bank that legal and fine? And what if I know someone who is working in USA and invested and have E2 visa(not green card), can I... Read more »

Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler answered on Nov 6, 2020

No! You are living and working in the U. S. in violation of your F-1 student status. There can be remedies to this mistake, but you need an appointment with a competent and experienced immigration attorney, who can take the time to provide legal advice.

The above is general information,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Intellectual Property, International Law and Internet Law on
Q: Can I sue a rating app for defamation?

I own a cosmetic brand in the usa and there's a popular app that evaluates safety of cosmetic products. It rated my products badly and stated they're not safe to use because they contain certain ingredients. These ingredients are researched to be toxic in certain concentrations, which is... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 5, 2020

There's a category here for Libel and Slander (see the linked text "Show More Practice Areas"). There's no guarantee all posts are picked up, but if you added that category, there might be better chances for a response. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Internet Law for California on
Q: Is there any way to stop my son's autopsy report from being public record (CPRA) if we are in safe at home program?

I have recently been informed of an organization who has drastically digging for details and information surrounding my son's death. My son passed in a horrific and tragic accident in May, he was just 5 months old. These people have shared his story and details of the incident and I cannot... Read more »

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Nov 5, 2020

You should contact a good privacy rights lawyer right away. No parent should have to endure the further indignity of unwanted scrutiny regarding the death of such a young child. In Los Angeles you should be able to find a top notch lawyer who knows how handle such situations. You can go to the Los... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Internet Law and Sexual Harassment for Colorado on
Q: What to do if im being threatened with authoritative action

Used to use a dating app, matched with someone who wanted to text right away. Didn't think much of it, first thing they did was send a very pixelated lewd photo. Well couple hours later I get a call from someone claiming to be the father and saying the girl was actually 16. I never sent... Read more »

Douglas T. Cohen
Douglas T. Cohen answered on Nov 3, 2020

Although I can’t comment on the specifics of any particular matter here, generally what you describe sounds like a scam to extort you.

When police do online undercover stings, they cannot use any lewd photos of minors. Anyone who demands money instead of reporting a suspect to police is...
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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property, Internet Law and Trademark on
Q: Good afternoon. I have a new website which only airbnb hosts/owners can join.

Good afternoon. I have a new website which only airbnb hosts/owners can join. Am I legally allowed to say that on my website? In other words can I mention something like " Welcome to.... Remember - If you are not an Airbnb host, you cannot join"

Timothy John Billick
Timothy John Billick answered on Oct 11, 2020

Yes. Just do not create a false association between yourself and any company's trademarks you may be using for descriptive purposes only.

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law and Identity Theft for California on
Q: Someone accusing me harassing them by sending text messages but i did not do it. Please advise.

They are using my cell phone number.

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 23, 2020

You need to find an expert in Cell Phone Technology like the guys on Catfish, who can show that someone cloned your phone and is sending messages pretending to be you from the clone. People masquerade as others all the time. It has been an email problem for about 15 years.

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Internet Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Do I need a website's permission to use them as an example/demo in a teaching video?
Timothy John Billick
Timothy John Billick answered on Sep 23, 2020

Generally speaking, using copyrighted content for educational purposes is squarely within the "fair use" doctrine of copyright law. Without knowing a bit more about your situation, it's difficult to answer this fully, but your risk of infringement here is very low.

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property and Internet Law for Michigan on
Q: Can I sue my web designer?

I hired a web developer to design three websites. He bought my domain names and hosted the sites on his server for a year. Before they were set to expire, he contacted me to inquire about renewing hosting. I decided instead I would like to change hosting. The web developer then cut off my websites... Read more »

Timothy John Billick
Timothy John Billick answered on Sep 23, 2020

Before giving you a definite answer, I would need to see the contract between you two. But generally speaking, this arrangement is a work-for-hire, and whatever he developed should belong to you. So you will likely have a claim for damages against him.

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law for Virginia on
Q: Is is illegal to start a website that is created to allow users to publicly shame people based on certain situations?

This is strictly a conceptual idea and I have no intention of moving forward with this idea unless I understand the legalities.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 21, 2020

A Virginia attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. Until you are able to consult with a Virginia attorney, something more likely than any penal code violation would probably be civil liability for defamation. If the users post content that is harmful to someone's... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Communications Law, International Law and Internet Law for California on
Q: Is someone allowed to be recorded without consent in a Discord Server (an internet chat forum) Under CA penal Code 632?

Discord is an online chat space for people who are playing video games. It is privately owned, and has it's own terms of service. Discord itself has a rule about following California's law. However, there is an argument that the chat service is a public space seeing as anyone on the... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Sep 11, 2020

Section 632 applies to recording of "confidential communications" which are carried on by means of a telegraph, telephone or other device, which seems to cover everything. However, 632.5 through 632.7 were added in 1968 to include cellular radio telephones and cordless telephones. If... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law and Trademark for Connecticut on
Q: I am dealing with Design Dok in CA and they claim 100% money back guaranteed and they won’t give me my money back

I also filed a trademark with them and I don’t believe they ever filed for one and just took my money.

Bernard Samuel Klosowski
Bernard Samuel Klosowski answered on Aug 22, 2020

It sounds like you might have a contract breach, but their fine print probably says that you have to arbitrate the dispute in California and that damages are limited to the price paid to them. You may have to consult with a California attorney to review your specific details in this regard.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Internet Law for Texas on
Q: Is it illegal to photoshop a KKK hood onto someone?
Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Aug 21, 2020

If you mean "illegal" as in a criminal offense then no, it isn't a crime unless the photo was already illegal for some other reason like child pornography.

My firm focuses on Criminal Law where the government prosecutes crimes. There is an entirely separate part of the legal...
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