I'm considering writing a book about game systems in the 80's and would like to be able to include screenshots of many of the games. What do I need to do to be able to include those screenshots without being sued? Does this fall under the copyright law's "fair use"? Does the fact that they are older games make any difference? Apologies if this has been asked before - I couldn't find anything related to publishing game screenshots.
Is now as good a time as any to assume massive debt to attend law school? [more inside]
I need to help a friend find free/cheap legal aid for an employment/ADA situation in Los Angeles. [more inside]
Problem with UK dentist? prescribing drugs without seeing you. Need legal advice. [more inside]
Legalfilter: What are some cool/interesting things you can do with a law degree if you don't want to practice law.
Our band recently recorded, produced, and distributed an album that has an explicit lyric. What are the legal ramifications of distributing music with explicit lyrics without that label? [more inside]
Where can I find clear and direct laws regarding the playback of backed-up music at a place of business in the United States? [more inside]
I am a shift worker in the UK. Am I entitled to a day off in lieu if a bank holiday falls on a rest or non-work day? [more inside]
I was involved in an hit and run accident as a pedestrian a little over a year ago, and I've got some questions about contributory negligence. [more inside]
Is being in the presence of underage drinking in any way illegal? Under what circumstances? Controlled substance consumption? How is the age of the "witness" relevant?
Help me track down and understand the owner of mutation's patent. [more inside]
How far can attorneys go in appealing to a jury's emotions? Is there any restriction, formal or informal, on the use of such tactics? What precedent is there for their excessive use? [more inside]
Is an email "Cease and Desist" letter a legal notification? I have been under the impression that a piece of paper, duly sworn, sweared and served was required. New York, civil matter. Yes, I know your not my lawyer.
California Bar Exam: not only out-of-state, but out-of-country. Should I pony up for the Bar/Bri? [more inside]
Why is grand jury duty so long? [more inside]
I want to acquire a law degree for the best value (in terms of quality and cost). How much will earning a masters degree first enhance my qualification to a prestigious school? The second question I have is how much a masters degree will enhance my qualification for scholarships? There is no question that a masters would make me a better law student and enhance my education; however, I am wondering whether the financial investment in grad school is worth it for what I want to accomplish. [more inside]
I'm just about to finish my first year of law school, which, because it has a set curriculum, was an experience I shared with 65 other students. I'd like to do something to thank them...thoughts? [more inside]
Hypothetical Jail Filter: What happens if you refuse to give identification to an officer after commiting a petty misdemeanor? [more inside]
I need to renew my car tabs, but my ex-girlfriend stacked up $800+ in parking tickets on my car, unbeknownst to me. There's no WAY she's going to pay for them (she's got her own problems that lead to no money, and I really don't wanna talk to her anyhow). What to do? [more inside]
Help me take down my school board! [more inside]
Northern Virginia: I need to appear soon in Arlington County traffic court, and I'd like to get legal assistance with my case. The metro area is full of law firms - would anyone care to recommend a good one?
Say that a (US) presidential administration was doing something it wasn't supposed to be doing. Could a future presidential administration find this out and prosecute the former administration's officials? [more inside]
Help me keep my fiance out of jail... Overdue parking ticket hell. [more inside]
Is my friends landlord charging him a legal late fee? [more inside]
Should I look for work as an attorney? [more inside]
How does the statue of limitations run in class action issues, or where multiple victims are involved? [more inside]
Witness tampering, the Moussaoui case and disbarment. [more inside]
My ex wife is asking me to pay for half of homeopathy for our children and I don't want to. [more inside]
BestPrintingOnline stole content from my website, I allege. How do I get them to take it down? [more inside]
A cafe on Geary St. in San Francisco enforces a $3.00 minimum purchase for bathroom use. Is this draconian policy against the law? What about in other cities -- is it illegal to refuse bathroom access to those who merely purchase $1.00 java? If so, what legal relief is possible?
Why do people who are fighting for abortion to be made completely illegal never ever talk about what punishment the woman should get? If it's murder, why isn't the woman who gets prosecuted? Why just doctors? How does that make any sense, if it's really murder? Isn't the woman a criminal too in their eyes? [more inside]
I was robbed. Is my Bank liable? To what extent? [more inside]
I'd like to take the LSAT and apply to law school. What books should I read? [more inside]
How legitimate is it to add a new fee or charge after they've billed you for something and it's already been charged to your credit card? [more inside]
what's the law surrounding dominatrix businesses? [more inside]
Another MeFi trademark question: A small restaurant chain (let’s say ABCFood) opened in Colorado in 1996 and closed all its locations in Q4 2004. All of ABCFood’s state business registrations are in "Delinquent" and/or "Administratively Dissolved" status, and the proprietor has moved on to other endeavors. The USPTO still has a "live" listing for ABCFood’s trademark, though, as mentioned, the mark is no longer maintained. What obstacles would stop someone from hypothetically opening a similar chain with the name ABCFood in another state?
I represent a UK company reselling US server space to EU companies. Which parties have to adhere to safe harbor? [more inside]
Can you provide the name and/or good examples of this logical fallacy? [more inside]
could this country withstand a woodstock today? what would be the public reaction? how about law enforcement and government officials?
Anyone know where I can find a copy of the class action lawsuit filed against Apple this week claiming that iPods can cause permanent hearing loss? Electronic copy preferred.
I have a friend here in New York who has a major personal injury case starting very soon dealing with his child. Involved is a major chain, and some serious plastic surgery. Is there a database to check out some of the lawyers who are in contact with my friend - about their history, wins / losses, etc?
A friend of mine from Ireland did some things that were a tad bit illegal when he lived in California about seven years ago. Now I live in California, and he's considering visiting, but he's worried. Should he be? [more inside]
I just opened my mailbox to find a large envelope from the U.S. Census Bureau stamped with this friendly notice: The American Community Survey Form Enclosed - YOUR RESPONSE IS REQUIRED BY LAW What's the worst that could happen if I don't respond? [more inside]
I've been an attorney for 4 years now, 28 years old, bored to death and uninsprired at my current job and completely clueless about my future. [long post] [more inside]
How would I go about licensing hundreds of TV commercials for sale as a repackaged product? [more inside]
What is the best way to harvest, automatically, information from a website? [more inside]
My husband just died. What, legally, should I do? [more inside]
Any U.S. Federal Government employees teleworking? [more inside]
Scenario: Linda, an author, is at a party. Linda says that she is writing a book about near-death experiences. Sarah, a guest at the party, says, "Oh, I had one!" and proceeds to recount her experience to the assembled guests. Linda finishes writing her book and includes Sarah's story in it, using Sarah's real first name and some details from Sarah's life (profession, husband's first name and profession, Sarah's religious background). Is Linda legally allowed to do this without changing Sarah's name in the published book? Did Sarah waive her right to privacy by telling the story at a party? What about Sarah's personal details, which were not revealed at the party, but known to the author because of their shared social circle? Legal citations are appreciated.
Mathematicians: Help me stick it (back) to The Man: Is 1.75 miles enough for a vehicle that started off moving slower than the rest of traffic to build up speed, pace a car and accurately determine its speed? [more inside]