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1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law and Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: Neighbors have been hacking my phone and have been showing photos that are only on my phone. Is there anything I can do?

I never go outside during the say. I usually go out at night to take out my trash and get my mail. I understand if I'm out in the public it's fair game but that's not the case. I believe along with their hacking they have obtained my private photos and have been showing them to... Read more »

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Feb 1, 2023

Your best and most cost effective solution is to update the security in your cell phone and your home internet WiFi.

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law and Sexual Harassment for Florida on
Q: Someone is blackmailing me after receiving pictures of my exposed body. How do I handle this if they are Underaged?

This person sent photos first. Then threatened to expose me unless I sent them money? They did send it to one person without my consent already.

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
answered on Sep 21, 2022

By your opening admission, this is the bed that you made, so I doubt the Florida courts will get involved.

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law, Juvenile Law, Municipal Law and Civil Litigation for Florida on
Q: Do I need a consent form from a stranger to show them in a monetized YouTube video?

I'm planning on making YouTube videos in which I record conversations with people in public places (with a cashier, waiter, person at the park, etc.) and then use that clip to help teach people English by explaining the meaning of what I and the stranger said. My YouTube channel is... Read more »

J. Tanner James
J. Tanner James
answered on Sep 20, 2022

A signed release is always your best option. Depending on your location, you could be dealing with privacy laws AND publicity laws, and a failure to obtain a signed release could expose you to serious civil liability. Given the purported nature of your videos, I would imagine participants would... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Internet Law and Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: I don't know what to do and I need advice to see if there is anything I can do legally about i this.

Legal documents and personal information are being posted on social media as a form of harassment and to discredit my fiance what can I do about this. I know the person responsible. What are my options

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on Jun 27, 2022

An attorney must review the materials/posts you mention in order to provide an opinion on your legal options and the worthwhileness of the options. See an attorney in your area who handles defamation of character and/or invasion of privacy claims or general civil litigation. If there is false... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Internet Law for Florida on
Q: Is it illegal to take pictures of someone's house in ormond beach florida?

I am in California. The house is in Ormond Beach Florida. The house belongs to a vile, mentally unstable woman that has bullied me and others online for almost a year. A friend in Florida offered to go by her house and take pictures. He ended up confessing to her that he took the pictures. I did... Read more »

Henry George Ferro
Henry George Ferro
answered on Sep 25, 2021

Generally speaking the taking of photographs of real property is not a crime. However you’re choice of words about the resident would give one reason to question your acts and motive. One last observation, you should be very careful about what you choose to put on the internet…all you have... Read more »

Q: If there was a youtuber whom read poetry from other poets and got paid for it, could he/she be sued?

They aren't passing off the content (poems) as their own. They are just reading it in a ASMR fashion to make money.

Linda Liang
Linda Liang
answered on May 4, 2021

What is copyright infringement? As a general matter, copyright infringement occurs when a copyrighted work is reproduced, distributed, performed, publicly displayed, or made into a derivative work without the permission of the copyright owner. Since you use the poem in a way that you are making... 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 Consumer Law, Internet Law and Securities Law for Florida on
Q: I believe I am eligible for this 5000$

I was looking at medical sites for a skin cream

as well a 3d render application without Google recommended also you should just know this site po*nhub all my data was saved and when i went back on to the site i was still getting recommended yeah i know of all things i metion is this but i... Read more »

Adam Savett
Adam Savett
answered on Jun 9, 2020

This is a brand new case that was just filed last week.

There is no settlement, no judgement, nothing to claim at this point.

Class action cases take time, often 2-5 years from the time they are filed until they are resolved.

And there is no guarantee that the case will be...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Communications Law, Internet Law and Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: Is a landlord and/or condo HOA in Florida required to furnish a tenant w/ internet access (via wall jacks/cable ports)?

I've occupied a unit in a condo complex for the past 2 years. The building has known issues with cable wiring. Xfinity provided us with equipment for self installation, however our internet connection continued to fail after many attempts by service techs to repair. They finally told us that... Read more »

Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman
answered on May 20, 2020

Nobody is required to furnish internet access, unless the requirement is specifically mentioned in the lease. You have some options, I think: pay to upgrade the condo's cabling; move; or see if you can access the internet via satellite or some other wireless method of connecting to the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Personal Injury, Internet Law and Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: Hello, I have somewhat of an online presence and someone that I used to speak to as a friend has decided to leak my nude

photos from OnlyFans (a protected site that subscriptions are payed for) as well as has leaked my previous home address, phone number, and still constantly harasses me via twitter through multiple accounts.

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
answered on Apr 27, 2020

You should report to the police.

As far as leaking photos, you should consider filing for copyright registration and sue him for infringement.

You should consult with an attorney quick.


1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes, Internet Law, Juvenile Law and Sexual Harassment for Florida on
Q: if you ask someone for a massage through snapchat and sent them money. then they say they are underage.

Is there any wrongdoing here if the 2 parties never met?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Feb 26, 2020

You could perhaps be charged with attempt.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Internet Law for Florida on
Q: I do independent journalism as a hobby and now being accused of trying to undermine someone's lawsuit.

I sent an email to do a story for an anonymous person who is suing to have documents released in vero beach, Florida. After about 2 emails, they accused me of trying to undermine their case and have forwarded the emails to their lawyer. Then they said they contacted the authorities and sent my... Read more »

Madeline Pichardo-Riestra
Madeline Pichardo-Riestra
answered on Jan 15, 2020

I highly suggest you schedule a consult with an attorney. Bring to the consult all of the evidence to help them understand your case with specific details.

1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law and Internet Law for Florida on
Q: Can I get into legal trouble for using a picture of my ex and I as a blog header?

Hey! So June of 2018 I posted a blog post about an old relationship I had. As the cover photo I used a picture of my ex and I (prom). I never used his name or etc. I recently was contacted by his wife freaking out about the picture that’s been up for over a year now. Can i legally get in trouble... Read more »

Enrico Schaefer
Enrico Schaefer
answered on Oct 15, 2019

There is always risk and the devil is in the details. However, there are a couple of issues to consider:

1. Who took the picture? That is the copyright owner. Your use may depend on having the right to use the picture for this purpose. You would likely argue that the photo is subject to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law, Employment Law and Internet Law for Florida on
Q: Looking for an attorney to counter-litigate 8:17-cv-1522-T-33MAP Middle District of Florida

Former employer gave me corporate iphone. Upon separation I was told to keep the iphone (documented via emails).

Iphone settings were never changed, and Microsoft Exchange was attempting to synchronize contacts with corporate Exchange server (standard functionality). User account was... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
answered on Sep 30, 2019

If you retained a competent lawyer to defend you in the federal district court over two years ago I am surprised they did not file a counterclaim way back when you answered the complaint--because the plaintiff company might have seen the wisdom of paying your fees when they wanted to settle. In any... 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
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:

Free practical advice offered for the last 41 years to people starting or operating small businesses:

The main difference between successful small businesses and...
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2 Answers | Asked in Business Law and Internet Law for Florida on
Q: I earned up to $1000 on an online survey site, but they banned me because my siblings had same home address.

I earned up to $1000* on an online survey site over a period of several months, but they banned me because my siblings had same home address which triggered them to ban my account it violated their terms of service. Can I sue them for the money owed? This doesn't seem legal that companies can... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
answered on May 24, 2019

Sure; in America anyone can sue anyone else at any time—even without a lawyer in small claims court. Winning the lawsuit is another matter. If you decide to sue you should be prepared to pay the $400 filing fee and then pay another hundred bucks or so for service of process. Finally, if a court... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law for Florida on
Q: How can I stop my neighbors from illegally using my wifi network?
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Nov 9, 2018

Password-protect it.

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law and Real Estate Law for Florida on
Q: Is it illegal to go live online for a meeting open to the public in my community?

I live in An HOA Community and our board is run by residents that also reside here. They collect our fees and manage our money. Recently the community has become concerned with a lot of decisions made by the board and they have a record of saying one thing and doing another and not being... Read more »

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on Oct 17, 2018

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... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law for Florida on
Q: Does my employer have the right to look at my personal gmail account?
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Jul 22, 2018

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.

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