Virginia Internet Law Questions & Answers

Q: Can I file charges against someone for impersonating me on social media and causing me to get arrested behind it?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Internet Law for Virginia on
Answered on Jan 12, 2019
Daniel P Leavitt's answer
You need to clear up this issue. The police should be investigating someone who is doing this.

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: If I am victim in extortion case, do I need a lawyer?

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Domestic Violence and Internet Law for Virginia on
Answered on Feb 26, 2018
Susan Fremit's answer
The prosecutor essentially becomes your lawyer. If you want an independent legal opinion, you might want to hire a lawyer for that purpose.

Q: I lost my bitcoins on apple cloud storage mobileme platform when they transition to icloud - 19 million loss

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Products Liability and Internet Law for Virginia on
Answered on Dec 9, 2017
Peter N. Munsing's answer
With that amount of money you want to contact a member of the Va. Trial Lawyers Assn or other who handles class actions. I suggest you try Diane Nast in Philadelphia. Tell her I suggested you call.

In the meantime go through your files, make copies of email confirmations, other documents.

Given that bitcoins have a unique password, assuming you have those it may be possible to get them out of ether. But first document, note dates of each event.

Good luck!

Q: Internet Only business - Does it need to file as a foreign business entity in Virginia?

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law and Internet Law for Virginia on
Answered on Aug 4, 2017
Glenn B. Manishin's answer
To the best of my knowledge, Virgina does allow single-member LLCs. (Single member partnerships are not permitted.)

Your business is conducted online but as the owner you have a physical presence in Virgina, even if just your home. You are therefore required to register as a "foreign" corporation if in operated in another state.

Q: If I start up a website, can I quote all other websites?......

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property and Internet Law for Virginia on
Answered on Apr 23, 2017
Glenn B. Manishin's answer
The legal concept you are invoking is called "fair use" ad is an exception to copyright. You cannot duplicate a website or its pages but under some circumstances -- which vary depending on the amount, nature and context of use -- use a portion of their content. Attribution or linking is not a defense or sufficient by itself alone. You should seek counsel on this from someone who knows the application of copyright to website "scraping."

Q: My daughter ex boyfriend posted two explicit pictures of her on social media without her permission. Legal action?

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims and Internet Law for Virginia on
Answered on Apr 6, 2017
Gary D. Godman's answer
Contact the police. There is likely some criminal activity involved here, especially if your daughter is a minor.

Q: Can I sue for a domain name if it matches the name of my company, and the company that owns it is not using it?

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law for Virginia on
Answered on Jan 7, 2011
Timothy James Walton's answer
Not usually.

If the domain name is merely parked, and not being used for commercial purposes or offered for sale, then you would have to come up with a really clever legal theory to seize it.

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