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Is 'illegal downloading' an actual crime in the UK?

I live in the US and have followed the RIAA/MPAA suits closely. Over the years I have heard British news agencies report such-and-such as being charged with illegal downloading and wondered if that were even possible. [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on Jun 27, 2014 - 4 answers

Real risks of discussing illegal/illicit matters on social media

What's so wrong with posting and discussing illicit or illegal matters on social media? It seems like a bad idea in a vague sense, sure, and I'm aware of the NSA. But if one is not currently under investigation for anything, what's the worst that could realistically happen to a person and/or their interlocutors? [more inside]
posted by magdalemon on Mar 5, 2014 - 20 answers

You Married? You Have Kids?

I got asked about my marital and family status in a job interview. Now what? [more inside]
posted by dortmunder on Feb 19, 2014 - 16 answers

Does anywhere currently exist like Kowloon Walled City?

Looking for slums that are similar to the former Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong -- areas where the population have created their own sorts of internal ecosystems for one reason or another, living together in some kind of (likely rather tense) harmony. Ideally, these would be places where people have trotted out storefronts/small businesses, and have somehow either leeched off the public infrastructure or created their own. Bonus points if the residents are essentially unauthorized to live there. Nowhere in the US, please (though I'd still be interested in knowing). I already know about Dharavi, Kibera, and the Tower of David in Caracas.
posted by dmaterialized on Jan 20, 2014 - 15 answers

When to tell a prospective partner about my immigration status?

I am residing illegally in a country (I would rather not say which one) and am dating. I reached out to a person on a dating site. We have only been on two dates, but I quite like them and the person seems very into me as well. I feel like since I asked them out the onus is more on me to tell them about my status than if they had asked me out. When should I tell? I want to wait in order to protect myself from even the slightest possibility of deportation, but I also want to be as honest and forthright as I can be to honor both the person I am interested in and myself. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 2, 2013 - 15 answers

Is it safe to report illegal pr0n to the FBI?

I'd like to report something to the FBI but I don't know if it would be dangerous to me to do so. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 19, 2013 - 12 answers

How do I sound like a wholesaler contacting another b2b company.

How do I sound like a wholesaler in email to make inquiries from an overseas company? I'm doing a bit of amateur investigative journalism and need some pointers. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Dec 17, 2012 - 4 answers

Ferret Swiper, No Swiping?

Train ferret to harvest shiny valuables? True? Completely difficult and therefore unlikely? Ferret owners/lovers especially welcome. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by the young rope-rider on Dec 15, 2012 - 12 answers

Is there a limit to how many times you can go to the Emergency Room?

Is there a limit to how many times you can go to the Emergency Room? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 2, 2012 - 21 answers

How can I fight this tow?

My girlfriend's car was towed from the street on a potentially bogus claim here in Chicago. How can we fight this? [more inside]
posted by Carillon on Jul 16, 2012 - 23 answers

Chinese bootleg sensationalist dvd/vcd about 9/11

Does anyone know where to download any of these Chinese sensationalist pseudo-documentaries made of 9/11 that mix real news footage with clips from blockbuster films? They freely mix fact and fiction, using news footage and illegal clips from Hollywood films. There were three made, with the titles: 1) "The Century's Greatest Catastrophe" (I've also seen it called The Century's Great Catastrophe") and 2) "Surprise Attack on America" and 3) "America's Disaster: The Pearl Harbor of the Twenty-First Century"--all made in 2001. There is a report on them in an article that was in the New Yorker. Also mention of them made here. Since they are illegal mash-ups of existing source material, I don't mind if I have to download them from 'questionable' sites. But I'd really like to consult these films for a study I am writing, and would appreciate any pointers as to where to find them.
posted by cmp4Meta on Apr 4, 2012 - 1 answer

El Norte

Illegal immigrant filter: I'm researching another short story. Civilian militias patrol US borders looking for illegals in the Southwest, but I don't understand the legal underpinnings. [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit on Jan 27, 2012 - 11 answers

Company is giving me only 17 days to use a voucher that they normally give 12 months for

Is there a specific length of time companies have to honor their rebates/vouchers for if a time period is not specified in their advertising? [more inside]
posted by ogunther on Oct 27, 2011 - 9 answers

Help requested identifying a novel I read in the early 1990s involving Triads and illegal Chinese immigration.

Help requested identifying a novel I read in the early 1990s involving Triads and illegal Chinese immigration. There was an American who was tasked with transporting a Chinese illegal alien across parts of the western US in an automobile (car or pickup truck). I think his eventual destination was WA or OR, and parts of the story were in CA, in a sweatshop (I think). The Triads were involved. Any candidate titles or assistance is greatly appreciated. Thank you Thank you Thank you.
posted by Ralph on Sep 3, 2011 - 2 answers

US/Canadian Visiting Cuba – Bad idea or not bad idea?

US/Canadian Visiting Cuba – Bad idea or not bad idea? [more inside]
posted by PersonPerson on Jan 15, 2011 - 24 answers

Class Action Lawsuit ?

If I am a qualified claimant for a Class Action Lawsuit regarding an Illegal Strip Search in the state of IL, and am eligible for a payment of anywhere from $700-$1000, do you believe that is fair? or should I "opt out" and try to recover damages with my own attorney?
posted by anonymous on Dec 15, 2010 - 10 answers

Your wife is how old? And you want me to do what?

What do I do about a guy who has offered to let me have sex with his underage "wife"? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 19, 2010 - 44 answers

Why is weed still illegal at all?

Will somebody please explain marijuana prohibition? What arguments are actually persuading the people who vote for it? Do any of them actually make sense? Are there special interests behind the initiatives to keep it illegal? There must be real, solid reasons you can't buy weed in CVS yet, but I can't even fathom what they are. [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa on Apr 26, 2010 - 35 answers

Saveur subscription scam savvy?

A free trial magazine offer has turned into collection agency threats. Is this something I need to worry about, and what do I do about it? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Feb 3, 2010 - 13 answers

"He took too much LSD in the '60s".

"He took too much LSD in the '60s". No, really. Any number of Americans approaching old age are doing so with long-term illegal drug habits. If you've seen the Osbournes on TV, Ozzy seems the picture of the sort of cognitive impairment you can expect someone to have after years of illegal drug use. Is this typical of such a person? Can someone be rendered mentally incompetent by means of a history of long-term illegal drug use? Would someone with obvious cognative impairment like Ozzy still be considered legally competant?
posted by bunky on Oct 19, 2009 - 32 answers

What happens if an arresting officer records your conversation with the public defender?

What happens if an arresting officer records your conversation with the public defender? [more inside]
posted by doomtop on Oct 8, 2009 - 14 answers

Possibly Illegal Tupperware Spam

I have a name and contact info for the individual who's been spamming me. What can I do to report him/get rid of him/make his life difficult? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by theseampsgoto11 on Aug 25, 2009 - 12 answers

How is it that people can post videos of illegal acts onto YouTube and they can't be found?

How is it that people can post videos of illegal acts onto YouTube and they can't be found? I remember watching a video where someone has a camera mounted on the front of their motorcycle and they thread through traffic at insane speeds. I always thought that there would be some electronic trail the cops could follow. [more inside]
posted by Sully on Aug 5, 2009 - 15 answers

Is setting up a website for a probably illegal business illegal?

A friend has been offered some web work for a company I have suspicions might be offering something illegal. [more inside]
posted by maxwelton on Jul 20, 2009 - 21 answers

Examples of whistleblowing by government employees?

Examples of whistleblowing by government employees? [more inside]
posted by heatherfl on Mar 18, 2009 - 14 answers

Streaming movies @ work = fired?

I've been streaming movies and tv shows while at work. Is my job in jeopardy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 11, 2008 - 16 answers

Adderal addict wants to go straight

How willing would a doctor be to overlooking my illegal use of prescription medication in prescribing it for me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 6, 2008 - 11 answers

How can I tell a therapist that Ive done something illegal?

How can I tell a therapist that Ive done something illegal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 2, 2008 - 28 answers

Born in the USA

In the United States, if a college-bound student is under the age of 24 and s/he is a legal citizen, but his/her parents are undocumented/illegal residents, how does this student fill out the FAFSA? [more inside]
posted by chara on Jul 17, 2008 - 5 answers

Which came first, the mushroom or the spore?

How do psychoactive mushroom spore vendors not get in trouble? [more inside]
posted by samph on Jul 1, 2008 - 12 answers

Researching going legit with dubiously sourced music collection

Legitimizing iTunes Library. I have *ahem* a friend. This friend has a reasonably large digital music collection being managed by iTunes on a Mac. He would like to understand the cost of ensuring this collection is 100% legal, having realized that the vast majority of it is not. [more inside]
posted by superfurry on Jun 20, 2008 - 12 answers

Illegal Immigrants in College

Can anyone tell me the percentage of children of illegal immigrants who attend college? Specifically in Texas. We are arguing the HB 104 (in state tuition bill) in my government class and I need to know how many children of illegal immigrants who were not born in the US actually attend institutions of higher education....
posted by madmamasmith on Mar 22, 2008 - 12 answers

Illegal Eviction Notice in Los Angeles

Have you dealt with an illegal eviction notice in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by chez shoes on Feb 15, 2008 - 11 answers

Can a workplace offer selective 401k benefits?

Can a workplace (in PA) offer selective 401k benefits? [more inside]
posted by rinosaur on Jan 9, 2008 - 5 answers

Haunted by a Crooked Boss

It's probably too late to do anything about a crooked boss, but I'd still like the Hive Mind's opinion... (long story inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 5, 2008 - 19 answers

Letting a subletter use your internet connection

If you let a subletter use the internet connection that's in your name, what are ideas for holding them to a promise that they won't do things that could get you sued by the RIAA (or arrested)? Is there any legally meaningful way to notify an ISP that Person X, not you, will be the connection's sole user for X months? This will be wired DSL (no wifi).
posted by sparrows on Nov 24, 2007 - 21 answers

How much legal trouble could I get into?

I'm hosting one of those "confessional" websites, and I want to know how risky it is to post clearly-illegal "confessions". [more inside]
posted by geodave on Sep 23, 2007 - 10 answers

Video on how to make your own drugs?

[YouTubeFilter] Music video of band making illegal drugs from supermarket items? [more inside]
posted by kandinski on Sep 11, 2007 - 3 answers

Can I tell my doctor I smoke weed?

Are there any potential downsides to telling one's doctor that he uses marijuana? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 4, 2007 - 22 answers

Is it legal to employ skilled workers as temps for many years?

Is my employer breaking the law by keeping people as temps for several years? The work is skilled and many people work for 3 or more years as temps before being made permanent employees. [more inside]
posted by Charlie Lesoine on Jul 8, 2007 - 13 answers

Advise for illegal immigrant ?

A student at our university was recently shocked to learn that his mother and step-father are illegal immigrants who have been in the country for approx. 20 years. He was born in Mexico but has brothers and sister born in the U.S. His parents work, own a house here, ect. He has a job, is going to be a junior at the university and is planning on getting married. He has a Soc. Sec. card, but now wonders if it is even legit. He wants to find out what he should do next but is worried that he'll be immediately deported if he tries to get help. As a white-bread citizen, this is all Greek to me. What should I advise him to do?
posted by spock on Jul 2, 2007 - 11 answers

Marrying a 20-year visa overstayer

My girlfriend is a very illegal immigrant living in the United States. When we get married, what will the residency process be like? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 20, 2006 - 28 answers

Is a text sex story that involves kids considered child porn?

Are stories (text) about children engaging in adult-only activities (and I don't mean paying their taxes) considered child pornography? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 25, 2006 - 3 answers

Legalizing basement apartment in NYC?

Anyone have experience with legalizing an apartment in NYC? I inherited a basement apartment with my single-family Queens house. Have a great relationship with my tenant and do not want to evict. Recently, though, I've received notices from the city to discontinue "illegal use of space for living." In addition to evicting that would involve tearing out the tub, a wall, and other stuff. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 6, 2006 - 12 answers

The RIAA at La Grange (aka Mitch Bainwol Left Chicago)

I own a copy of Tres Hombres by ZZ Top. I'd like to get it into mp3 format so that I can listen to it in the car, etc. The problem is that the copy I own is on a record. Assuming I download with bittorrent, and then the RIAA comes after me, can I use the defense that I actually already owned it, so downloading could not be considered criminal? Would it be different if I owned a record rather than a CD? In other words, can you legally download the mp3 of an album you already own?
posted by joecacti on Aug 14, 2006 - 16 answers

Is it against the law to drink in public?

Is there any law against drinking (alcohol) in public? Or is it being inebriated in public? Or neither? [more inside]
posted by D Wiz on Jun 16, 2006 - 38 answers

Where do I put my banana peel?

Is throwing away organic matter littering? [more inside]
posted by patrickje on Jun 6, 2006 - 46 answers

Signing your rights away?

A friend of mine has an employer who is asking my friend (who is quitting voluntarily to move cross-country) to sign what I believe is a non-legal waiver. Can any legally savvy Mefites help out? [more inside]
posted by InnocentBystander on May 25, 2006 - 28 answers

Dentist Breaking the Law? Need advice

Problem with UK dentist? prescribing drugs without seeing you. Need legal advice. [more inside]
posted by spinko on Apr 26, 2006 - 10 answers

How to use BitTorrent without getting caught

What are the chances of actually getting caught using a P2P file sharing program such as BitTorrent to download pirated stuff? Is there more likelihood of getting into hot water depending on what you are downloading (i.e. movies,TV shows, music..)? Can anyone suggest a method of using BitTorrent that will avoid these problems?
posted by curiocity on Apr 4, 2006 - 21 answers

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