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July 31

So I'd like to use electro swing in a TV show. Is that okay legally?

So I'd like to use some music from the genre electro swing in a TV project that might get picked up. Usually I just use library music and call it a day. But I'm trying something new. So I found a site that's got some for license that's royalty free. But I can tell the song it's sampling in it. It's pretty pronounced. Is that okay? Or do you have to then license the song IN the song too? Just wanted to get a feel for it.
posted by rileyray3000 at 5:58 PM - 4 answers

contracting out the public trust

Does anyone have experience with or knowledge of a town contracting out municipal responsibilities that involve public trust - specifically, planning/zoning, as opposed to something non-discretionary like trash pickup? [more inside]
posted by mmiddle at 7:35 AM - 4 answers

July 28

Recommend non-fictional works based on legal cases

I'm interested in reading non-fiction books for a change and I would like to read about interesting/memorable legal cases in articles, blogs, and books. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit at 6:53 PM - 22 answers

Storage locker, lost keys, and authorized access

Our Relative had a storage locker, and granted authorized access to siblings. Relative died and we cannot find the keys. Are authorized users allowed to request that the lock is cut off and a new lock put in place? We have not yet informed Public Storage that our relative has died. We have online access to account and have been paying rent. Is there anyone with California experience with Public Storage and with requesting the lock is cut off?
posted by anonymous at 11:08 AM - 7 answers

July 27

Querying the Historical Antisemitism Hive Mind

A passage from the Tr*mp rally this week in Ohio was classic, medieval blood libel, repurposed for use against immigrants of color. I have a nagging suspicion this passage was plagiarized wholesale from an older text. Can anyone help me identify it? [more inside]
posted by moonlight on vermont at 8:30 AM - 1 answers

July 26

Executive Orders

Are there any limits on executive orders? How do they work, and what are they normally used for? [more inside]
posted by thedarksideofprocyon at 6:40 PM - 5 answers

July 25

Hate Crime help?

Can police remove a visiter from your home if no longer welcome? [more inside]
posted by xarnop at 7:55 PM - 15 answers

Got t-boned by a commercial vehicle & driver with no license - what now?

Earlier yesterday while I was pulling into work (going probably 5 mph) -- I was t-boned by a Ford 4x4 Pick-Up Truck right on the passenger side back door. No cops came. The guy was some landscaping kid scared saying he didn't have a license but I got his car registration and took photos of him and the truck. 3 hours later I'm in ER doing brain scans and other things. They tell me I suffered a concussion but not sure which one (apparently there more than one?) [more inside]
posted by bostonhill at 2:10 PM - 11 answers

How can I be a good canvasser?

I've decided that the thing I want to do to make a difference politically is to help swing congressional seats in the 2018 midterm elections. This will entail canvassing, which I've done a little bit of in the past. But the problem is I myself hate being canvassed, and thus I assume most people resent the intrusion as much as I do. That may be true, and it may not. But how can I reframe it in my own mind so I can get into it and do it well?
posted by wheeler10 at 12:48 PM - 12 answers

Help my Elderly Aunt Get Her $15,000 Back

My aunt contracted a boat dock company to do $30,000 worth of work on her boat dock. She gave them $15,000 as a down payment per the contract terms. Shortly after she gave them the money, she found out that she had to have two very expensive surgeries, so she called them to ask them to trim the job in half and do only about $15,000 in work and just use the money they already had. Now they aren’t returning her calls and haven’t done any work. [more inside]
posted by allison00 at 7:03 AM - 8 answers

July 23

LinkedIn TOS question: can I share screencaps of job postings on Tumblr?

Would I be violating the LinkedIn TOS if I made a tumblr where I'd post screencaps of variously awful job postings from the site, and mocked them? I could blur out names of companies and/or contact info, and I wouldn't link back to the postings. [more inside]
posted by tzikeh at 10:58 AM - 1 answers

July 22

Composting Toilet by the book

We want to build a composting toilet to meet all of the relevant requirements in our area (Portland, OR). The requirements are confusing, though, and state/local building officials tend to throw up their hands and say "I don't know!" when we ask questions about how to design it. Can anyone help clarify these several, sometimes conflicting, standards, or recommend a way to get good answers? [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix at 2:30 PM - 4 answers

Building Twitter presence for a US state-level Political Candidate

I'm helping out on a political campaign for a progressive (Dem) candidate to my state's legislature. Election is in November. I offered to help start a Twitter account but am drawing a blank on how to "launch" said Twitter account. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings at 11:44 AM - 5 answers

July 21

public participation in Comprehensive Plan review

Our small town will be undertaking a 10th-year update of its comprehensive plan. What are some best practices, or strategies, for such a review, and particularly for gathering public input? Can you recommend a town or small city that has done this particularly well, given results? "Town hall" type meetings have not worked well in the past.
posted by mmiddle at 8:06 PM - 5 answers

Establishing WA state residency headaches!

I recently moved back to Seattle after 7 years away. I need to get a WA license and change my car's registration information from Virginia to Washington. However, establishing proof of residency here by the guidelines of the WA DOL is proving to be a headache. They don't appear to accept things like my lease agreement and the documents they do accept are things I don't have (I don't have any utility bills because my landlord is paying for that, my employer, The UW, doesn't offer physical paystubs or checks anymore (it's 2017, after all), etc.). [more inside] [more inside]
posted by Holygrail2 at 12:00 PM - 12 answers

July 20

Testifying to US supreme court: what does it look like?

I'm working on a factual comic book project which requires a scene depicting one of our characters testifying to the US Supreme Court in 1940. My problem is, I have no idea what this would have looked like. I've searched online, but can't find anything to help me. [more inside]
posted by Paul Slade at 9:40 AM - 10 answers

July 19

Real Estate rights to view from home in New Mexico

We bought a home on a small lot with great views. There may be a builder considering a home that would obstruct a significant part of that view. YANML Do I have any legal process through which I can protect either that view or the value lost if it is obstructed? [more inside]
posted by leafwoman at 5:14 PM - 4 answers

July 18

Tenant's abandoned(?) property makes space unrentable

I had tenants that moved out of my guest cottage (~150-200 sqft) with proper 30 days notice. However, it is a tiny studio, and - among other large items - they left behind a couch that takes up 25-33% of the living area (i.e. the area that is not the kitchen or bathroom) of the space. [more inside]
posted by Libelula y colibri at 11:25 AM - 6 answers

Lost an immigration document w instructions. What are my options?

(Asking on behalf of a friend.) In the process of applying for a visa to remain in the US, I was sent a list of documents to mail back. I have lost the list. I'm supposed to mail the documents by the end of this month (!). Short of magically finding the list, what are my options? Would USCIS be able to send me another copy of the list on short notice?
posted by your hair smells like cheese! at 10:42 AM - 5 answers

July 17

renewing a green card

Hello Fellow Mefites -- I'm looking for advice re. renewing a green card. I have a U.S. Permanent Resident Card that's Category E16 -- "Priority worker -- alien with extraordinary ability." It expires 09/08/18. My partner's card will expire 1/23/19, as she came to the U.S. a few months later. [more inside]
posted by DougieGee at 7:35 AM - 5 answers

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