Internet Law Questions & Answers

Q: Can I get justice for being groomed

1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes, Internet Law, Juvenile Law and Sexual Harassment for Georgia on
Answered on Dec 12, 2018
P. Justin Thrailkill's answer
Report this to the police and let them handle it.

Q: What can I do when a company based in another country ignores my customer’s help message?

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law, International Law and Internet Law on
Answered on Dec 5, 2018
Timur Akpinar's answer
Your customer could contact an officer of the company to verify if the request is reaching the right department. If the company will not respond, and there is a basis for a valid and meaningful claim, your customer could consult with an attorney.

Tim Akpinar

Q: A website policy is dated 2011 yet the most current policy is dated 2017. Which policy takes legal precedence?

1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law, Business Law and Internet Law for Virginia on
Answered on Nov 24, 2018
Timur Akpinar's answer
It could be difficult for an attorney to answer without reading both policies. You could present both policies to an attorney in your state.

Tim Akpinar

Q: Beth borrow money from me,she won’t pay so I posted her picture on Facebook while she was gambling illegally.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Internet Law on
Answered on Nov 19, 2018
Gary Kollin's answer
Can she demand? Sure, she posted it. Can she sue and collect? Do yo have $50K?

Will any lawyer take her case?

Will she sue as her own lawyer?

Q: A relative used my user & pw for Facebook messenger & is using private pictures against me in court. Is this illegal?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Federal Crimes and Internet Law for Mississippi on
Answered on Nov 18, 2018
Arthur Calderon's answer
It very well could be. You should probably bring that to your attorney's attention, so that it can be excluded.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property and Internet Law for California on
Answered on Nov 17, 2018
Guvenc Acarkan's answer
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, I am not sure, but very very highly unlikely. The real question is are you still violating the Copyright Act with your current use of the downloaded music. If you still make use of the downloaded...

Q: What can I do about someone publicly posting false things and slander about me on social media?

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law and Libel & Slander for Tennessee on
Answered on Nov 16, 2018
Timur Akpinar's answer
I do not practice in Tennessee but your question remains open for four weeks. You could consult with an attorney in your state to evaluate the things posted, and learn if it would be cost-effective to pursue such a claim. You could also inquire with the attorney about the timeframes within which you must take action to preserve your legal rights, as defamation causes of action in general have relatively short statutes of limitations.

Tim Akpinar

Q: How can I stop my neighbors from illegally using my wifi network?

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law for Florida on
Answered on Nov 9, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
Password-protect it.

Q: Are shaming sites legal? People privately submit stories of others they know, bad stories, meant to expose them.

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law and Libel & Slander for Illinois on
Answered on Nov 3, 2018
Timur Akpinar's answer
As a general rule, if people intentionally publish false things about others, verbally or in writing, they could be sued for defamation.

Tim Akpinar

Q: I am being slandered on line on a daily basis for over two years. Do I need a lawyer or can I go to the police?

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law for New Hampshire on
Answered on Oct 30, 2018
Timur Akpinar's answer
I do not practice in New Hampshire, but your question has not been picked up in four weeks. I can’t speak for New Hampshire, but slander-libel is generally a civil matter throughout the United States. It is considered an intentional tort. Slander is generally verbal while libel is in writing. A consultation with an attorney could enable you to determine whether you have a viable case that would be cost-effective to pursue. Because intentional torts can have short statutes of limitations, you...

Q: Can I sue a business partner in India for not releasing my contracts back to me?

2 Answers | Asked in Business Law, International Law and Internet Law for Arizona on
Answered on Oct 23, 2018
Richard Sternberg's answer
Of course, but that may not be the question you want to ask. You want to ask “Where May I sue my partner for depriving me of my rights under my contracts with him?” That Answer depends on where the contracts were made; it may depend on where the contracts were intended to be performed; and it likely depends on where you may find assets belonging to you partner to satisfy whatever judgment you might win. Or, your question might be “What can I do to enforce my rights under this contract?”...

Q: Can I use someone else's photos on my website?

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law for Arizona on
Answered on Oct 21, 2018
Timur Akpinar's answer
An attorney familiar with copyright law could be in the best position to answer your question after determining your planned use of the images, whether the images are in the public domain, are protected by copyright, image usage licenses, their use would violate privacy rights, their use would require the subject’s permission, among other restrictions and conditions that could possibly apply.

Tim Akpinar

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

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Employment Law, Business Formation and Internet Law for California on
Answered on Oct 18, 2018
Gary Kollin's answer
You have been scammed and you are being scammed again.

Q: Is it illegal to go live online for a meeting open to the public in my community?

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law and Constitutional Law for Florida on
Answered on Oct 17, 2018
Charles M. Baron's answer
The answer to your final question is yes, the Florida Statutes permit tape recording and video recording of all HOA member meetings and board meetings. If you cannot find that yourself in the on-line statutes, I suggest you consult an attorney to find it for you. If the HOA directors still won't cooperate after being referred to the statute, you can file a lawsuit for injunctive relief - or you can start with hiring an attorney to send them a nasty letter threatening to bring suit....

Q: Webmaster of local news website declined to remove an article on my DUI charge. May I work with arresting officers?

2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI, Employment Discrimination, Copyright and Internet Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Oct 16, 2018
Daniel P Leavitt's answer
What do you mean when you ask if you may work with arresting officers?

Q: If my husband babymother (child he had iutside our marriage) is always talking bad about me and our kids what do we do?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Communications Law, Internet Law and Libel & Slander for Georgia on
Answered on Oct 15, 2018
David Edward Boyle's answer
You have the power to end the situation. You can change your email and create a new facebook profile that is not public. If she is a pain in the ass just ignore her and cut her off from communication. If there is an active custody case between your husband and her there is usually a clause in the court order that prohibits harassing communication. Your husband may have the ability to take her to court for contempt.

Q: If my husband babymother (child he had iutside our marriage) is always talking bad about me /our kids what do we do?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Communications Law, Internet Law and Libel & Slander for Virginia on
Answered on Oct 15, 2018
Daniel P Leavitt's answer
I don't actually see a question here just a statement. I would recommend you document everything and keep your cool but document everything the best way you can and if they break the law or threaten you, you can contact law enforcement. If you have a question regarding custody rights, etc, then you can ask a question under family law and get a family law attorney to answer your questions.

Q: How can I help them?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Federal Crimes, Internet Law and Juvenile Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Oct 12, 2018
Douglas Lee Bryan's answer
There may be implications from both a criminal and child protection standpoint. I'd certainly recommend that your mother contact an attorney who is familiar with both criminal and family law matters.

Q: ex-employer shared files with me on my personal file sharing/ email account 15 months after I was fired. do I hv 2 gv b?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Business Law, Intellectual Property and Internet Law for Michigan on
Answered on Oct 7, 2018
Trent Harris' answer
Although your noncompete has ended, it is likely that any confidentiality agreement that you had with the company, whether in writing or in a employee manual, still applies after termination of your employment. The information that you mentioned is recognized by Michigan law as trade secrets, and the employer would probably have a good case in court if they tried to force you to return the information. The disclosure sounds like it was inadvertent, and a judge probably would not say that the...

Q: I am attending an event that I paid for and would like to use pictures that I take for my blog and my social media.

3 Answers | Asked in Internet Law for New Jersey on
Answered on Oct 4, 2018
Jason Brooks' answer
It's actually quite common for event-holders to restrict the use of intellectual property rights to the activities occurring within their event space -- Just as you would not be permitted to post live action of an NFL game that you attended, it's reasonable for this event to restrict the same as they own the intellectual property rights to the content that occurs within their events.

With that said, the restrictions really all boil down to your intended use -- if by "writing about it"...

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