Internet Law Questions & Answers

Q: A personal injury lawyer for his client states that I am intentionally disparaging the client's business online. How?

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Personal Injury, Internet Law and Libel & Slander for California on
Answered on Nov 16, 2017


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Q: I'm considering developing an app that will use pictures and voice clips of celebrities. Am I in danger of being sued?

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Entertainment / Sports, Internet Law and Trademark for California on
Answered on Nov 16, 2017

If you choose the correct celebrity you can expect to be sued. California gives celebrities a "right of privacy." The law generally does not allow violation of rights just because the violator not want the "hassle" of obeying the rules.
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Q: Hello I would like to know what steps i can take , to get my 5 yr old childs picture off instagram .

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Civil Rights and Internet Law for California on
Answered on Nov 6, 2017

You need to ask this question of a New York lawyer, since you are in New York. Most California admitted attorneys are not licensed to practice law in New York and it would be improper of us to offer you legal advice in a location where we are not licensed to practice.
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1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law, Consumer Law and Landlord - Tenant for North Dakota on
Answered on Nov 5, 2017

I'd let this one go. If I advertise bananas are $1 and you come to my store and they are $1.50, I was not necessarily obligated to continue to offer the advertised price.
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Q: I am in Canada does the class action re. The cruise lines and calling regarding the trip stilll apply. Also oxycontin ..

1 Answer | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime, Personal Injury, Intellectual Property and Internet Law on
Answered on Oct 31, 2017

No reason you can't join but the class will have it's definition of who is included. Contact the attorneys and ask them.
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Q: hello. what can be done in texas against online/social media assaults threats and defamation from an ex-girlfriend

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Personal Injury, Internet Law and Libel & Slander on
Answered on Oct 31, 2017

If they are threats the police may be involved. Generally it's harassment, and Texas may or may not have an internet stalking law. Talk to the police.
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Q: I get tons of email telling me I've been chosen to receive a lot of $ is there any law against it or way to stop it?

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Internet Law for Oregon on
Answered on Oct 30, 2017

Most of these scam operations, and they are scams, are based outside the United States. So while these scams undoubtedly violate more than one US Law, actually tracking down the criminals and arresting them is next to impossible.

Here is a website called "scam busters" that you should read: The federal trade commission, offers a "scam alert" service. You can also report scams...
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Q: What, if any, Florida statutes cover fraudulent clicks on a cost-per-click advertisement?

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Internet Law for Florida on
Answered on Oct 26, 2017

Sorry, no way to say for sure. I do not see it as a legal issue for Google. ie: if you run an add and agree to pay by the number of clicks you get on the add, then google has not control of who clicks or how many times. On the other hand this person, who you believe is, clicking the add repeatedly to drive up the cost of the add for you is not doing anything legally wrong. Morally yes, but not legal.

I do not have a statute to quote you as I do not think that it exist.

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Q: Would someone help me with this? Can you sue a company for sending emails to you after you have ask them to stop?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Business Law, Internet Law and Consumer Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Oct 25, 2017

Your question is less legal and more of advertisement through use of such media. In many case recipient approach xyz and subscribe them. Now, you have several options e.g. "Unsubscribe" or "block" or atleast "delete" before opening or reading, etc. Better use these options first.
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Q: If I test my app on a company phone, does the company have a claim to the IP?

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property and Internet Law for Florida on
Answered on Oct 23, 2017

The answer will largely depend on if you built the app for your company or while working for your company for their benefit and also what if any, your employment agreement or handbook states about Intellectual Property while working for the company. I suggest you contact an attorney so your employer requirements may be reviewed. Hope this helps.
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Q: Good Afternoon How do i can sue a website if they hold my money and they not give it out?

1 Answer | Asked in International Law and Internet Law for Utah on
Answered on Oct 22, 2017

Retain a lawyer in the state and county where the company has its principal place of business, is incorporated, or does business. Choosing which of those is often a complex problem unless you already know where the company’s assets are located. Have that lawyer issue a demand so the defendant knows you are coming after them in a manner that is realistic, and then pay the filing fee and sue. If the amount involved is too small to do this, take a lesson to prevent getting ripped off in the...
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Q: Is it fine to say a girl "Wanna rub your lipstick" on a social media ?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Internet Law, Sexual Harassment and Social Security on
Answered on Oct 16, 2017

It's against the internet usage rules, yet depends on culture that they represent. Even it was consensual, it should avoid widespread posting on web.
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Q: A contest ran with a deadline offering a cash prize, received many entries, & never picked/paid a winner. Is this legal?

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Gaming and Internet Law for California on
Answered on Oct 11, 2017

No, it's not legal and it violates YouTube's own rules.

You can file a complaint with the California Attorney General.
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Q: HI, I sent an image to a 'fit finder' group, which has since been taken by various news agencies and used in articles.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property, Internet Law and Trademark on
Answered on Oct 9, 2017

It depends on the agreement you had with them. Was there a standard agreement for anyone sending them images? did you specify when sending the image that only they could use it? More details on this are needed to better answer your question but I would start by looking at their standard agreement and the message you sent.

As always, remember the disclaimers below!
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Q: Nsfw actress. I sell non adult voiceovers on Fiverr. I am repeatedly banned for "inappropriate content. Discrimination?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Small Claims and Internet Law on
Answered on Sep 28, 2017

Looking through the Fiverr terms of service, the company forbids adult services. Although, it sounds like you are just offer regular voice over services. They may have an algorithm or an offshore screening group that automatically removes your listings based on your name or association with your other business. I would try to speak with someone at Fiverr to get additional information on why your listings are being removed. As to the whether you have a claim for discrimination, its best to...
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Q: Is it legal to sell vintage (1960's) pulp/sleaze/erotica paperbacks & trading cards online from Kentucky?

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Entertainment / Sports and Internet Law for Kentucky on
Answered on Sep 27, 2017

This is most likely alright. If you legally acquired the paperbacks and trading cards, you are free to resell them. The first sale doctrine allows people to resell what the purchase without restriction from the copyright or trademark owner. Although, if they are adult materials, you cannot sell them to minors.
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Q: Can a famous artist post your fan art after cropping out your logo and not giving you credit?

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Internet Law for Florida on
Answered on Sep 25, 2017

It appears you likely do have a case for copyright infringement. If you created the album cover, you are the copyright owner. You have the right to determine whether your work is reproduced. One thing to consider is whether your message to him granted him permission to use the artwork. An attorney would need to review all the facts. It you think you may want to enforce your rights, you should have an attorney register your copyright.
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Q: If my boyfriend decided to record our conversations that took place in our bedroom, is it

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Business Law, Civil Rights and Internet Law for New Jersey on
Answered on Sep 24, 2017

If your boyfriend was a part of the conversation he is allowed to record it, as for the rest of our question I will leave that for other counsel to answer.
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Q: I received a cease & desist letter from a co. for selling their clothing on Ebay. The items are legit. How do I respond?

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Internet Law and Trademark for Texas on
Answered on Sep 22, 2017

Its unsafe to assume that because of the first sale doctrine they have no claim. They may be concerned that a Chinese distributor has breached a contract to not distribute the products in the US. An attorney would need to review the letter and all the facts to determine whether you should comply or not.
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Q: Is it legal for a person to take your bio information from an official website and use it on their own website?

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law, Internet Law and Libel & Slander for Florida on
Answered on Sep 13, 2017

Really not enough facts to say for sure. If you allowed someone to post your bio you gave permission for the same and placed the same in public information.

I suggest that you speak with a business law attorney in your area or start by asking the person to remove your bio information from their webpage.

Good luck.
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