My partner immigrated to the USA from Canada roughly one year ago, about two years after we got married and initiated the immigration process. She had an approved IR-1 visa at the time she entered the USA permanently, about one year ago. We recently got a text/email notification from USCIS telling us that our case had switched statuses from "approved" to "in review," and calling USCIS revealed nothing. How worried should we be? [more inside]
I wish to understand the practical process of what happens in the wake of a court ruling such as yesterday's. [more inside]
This is a purely theoretical legal question: What legally happens when a porn production contract is made but one of the participants changes their mind? [more inside]
I want to run a Tor relay node from my house in the United States. What, if any, legal considerations should I be concerned about? [more inside]
Obviously this question was promoted by Ed Snowden and his disclosure of NSA data collection on American citizens. The NSA is basically recording everything it can get its hands on, be it foreign intelligence or data on American citizens, even if the latter isn't in any way suspected of wrongdoing. The agency is simply collecting and storing everything, seemingly with little regard to the US 4th amendment, which guarantees against "unreasonable searches and seizures". [more inside]
In order for any web site to charge one for services or goods, in this case services, what are they legally required to record and produce? I'm having a little trouble wording my exact question so maybe this will help. The web site in question provides phone service for inmates in correctional facilities and in order for one to receive calls from a loved one in the correctional facility you have to set up an account and attach a phone number to it while loading money for the overpriced service... $5 for 15mins. The company charged me a fee of $5 every time I was to load money on the account which did not show the rate for a call per min and also charged me numerous unknown fees. I could not tell why or how much I was charged which was made worse by their not being a way to track credits and charges to the account. When I contacted customer support they also could not account for the charges and would not refund them, refused to refund my visa purchase, and claims to have no way of producing charges and credits to my account. Their customer service is no help and I'm not sure how to handle the situation. [more inside]
I accidentally left a store without paying for a few items. I realized it the next day, and I'm mortified. What should I do? [more inside]
The charity I volunteer with want me to set up a photography competition with a prize or prizes to be determined. Anyone can submit an unlimited number of entries (within reason) and the winner(s) will be decided by judges appointed by us. We'll display the photos on our website. What kind of legal warning do I need to provide on the competition entry page to safeguard us? Can I use some kind of standard template? [more inside]
More than a week's vacation has disappeared from my pay statement, yet I've taken no vacation. HR claim a clerical error, but the pay statement hasn't been amended and is still available from our online system. How — if at all — do I get these vacation days back? [more inside]
Is it illegal to post photos of children on the Internet without both their parent's permission? [more inside]
Legality/advisability of turning a reality show season into a musical? [more inside]
Have you read or can you point me to any interesting articles about what will be the future of media like films/software/books given the way they are all being distributed online via torrent sites & the like. Will copyright go away or what? I am looking for INTERESTING theoretical speculations, not some person just saying the letter of the current law will be enforced or the usual doomsday-talk.
How do sellers get away with selling computers on eBay with pre-installed software? [more inside]
YANAL: What is the legality of not allowing a man to carry a bag into a South Dakota movie theater? [more inside]
A friend of mine owns a record store and is curious about the legalities of giving away monthly mixed CDs. Each disc would feature 10 or so artists connected on a theme (female folk, avant garde jazz, little-known world, etc.) of artists he's featuring that month. No charge for the CDs. Basically, it's like the CDs you get with Mojo or CMJ. Legal? He's in Canada. What if they're "free with any purchase". Legal?
Can anyone point me to legal articles or cases relevant to fanfic auctions where the proceeds go to a third party? To what extent are such auctions considered 'selling'? [more inside]
I often see big-deal blogs such as Consumerist using third-party Flickr pictures to illustrate stories. I'm under the impression that when these pictures are tagged with an appropriate Creative Commons license, that such use is ok (as long as it falls under the restrictions set forth). But if it's explicitly tagged 'All Rights Reserved' how is this OK? Are they getting permission in each instance?
My dept is becoming part of the National Division (home office in Georgia) rather than the Regional Division (where I now work at Regional Division Home Office in PA). I am not physically moving anywhere. My employer is now National Div, even though it is just the parent/umbrella of Regional Div. My insurance carrier will now be BCBS of GA instead of Highmark BS of PA. ADHD is covered by Highmark. It is not by BCBS of GA. I will end up paying about $4000 in out of pocket expenses due to this. Is this legal? What are my options? Supplemental insurance for MH does not exist. I make too much for any state aid and am ineligible for other state MH programs. (there is a TL;DR summary marked as such at the bottom) [more inside]
Posting snippets of copyrighted songs online. Legality and stickiness thereof? [more inside]
Am I crazy or what? [more inside]
If I strap a suitcase to my chest so that it's open, almost like one of those trays that an old-style 'cigarette girl' has, and walk on the street downtown, selling little odds and ends, is it legal? [more inside]
How does Scare Tactics work? [more inside]
What are the legalities of utilizing a homeless person/vagrant/urban outdoorsman for marketing purposes? I've read up on "Bumvertising", but other than some negative feedback from homeless persons advocates (wikipedia) what happens when one of these "employees" happens to do something illegal? [more inside]
On TV shows like COPS, what gives the cameraman standing to enter a private citizen's home? [more inside]
Question regarding the real-life legality of Marijuana dispensaries in California. A friend of a friend invested in semi-passive ownership in some dispensaries, and apparently it’s paying out very handsomely for him... [more inside]
Today at work, a closet was being cleaned out, many items were being tossed in a trash cart. I noticed that a few of these items were unopened, brand new (though out-of-date) items, and out of curiousity, checked to see if they were worth anything. I noticed that a few of them were going for not-insignificant amounts of money on ye olde eBay, and "rescued" them from the trash, thinking about creating a D-I-Y Christmas Bonus out of them by putting them up on eBay. Other co-workers have done similar things, selling a fair amount of old equipment at garage sales, etc, and none of my immediate peers seemed to think anything of it. Mrs. [anonymous], however, seems to feel that it's ethically wrong to do so, and more importantly potentially legally wrong. Does the hivemind have any knowledge of the legal (and/or ethical) implications of this D-I-Y Christmas Bonus? (For reference, we're probably talking $300 total, here.)
Did the Company ask me to do something illegal? Either way, how can I say no? [more inside]
Is it legal to buy gift certificates with business money in order to have the money out of the business in 2007, and redeem the gift certificates for hardware in 2008? More inside. [more inside]
PO Box Businesses [more inside]
Can our Sydney landlord really demand that we get rid of our cat? [more inside]
So I got fired today for nonsensical reasons. I worked at a small newsweekly, where I was a designer, but also for whom I did quite a lot of writing. [more inside]
Should I 'lease' my truck to my friend? [more inside]
How legal is Miraculin? [more inside]
We just moved, and the one single show that my wife loves (and I don't mind much actually - minus its whiny soap opera moments, but I think Chloe is nice to look at) is Smallville. The newest episodes are not on the TV channels here. We're in Canada. I want to download the newest episodes ASAP after they appear. I want that to happen legally. [more inside]
PS3 Legal Filter: Sony is purportedly blocking gray market sales of the PS3 from external markets into Europe. What is the legal validity of this? Of course you can find... [more inside]
How do we get married in Multnomah County, OR? [more inside]
Selling used, ahem, clothing online. [more inside]
What is Osama bin Laden's legal status? [more inside]
Copyright vs. Satire: How far can one extend the 'fair use' or satire legalities when it comes to using similar imagery in advertisement? (more inside) [more inside]
Lawyerfilter: I'm curious about the legality of replicating content (designs, catchphrases, etc) from a given medium into another. For example, I love the "Real Genius"-inspired shirts that founditemclothing.com is producing ( "I Love Toxic Waste," "International Order for Gorillas," and "Surf Nicaragua,") but I'm wondering if it's permissible under the law. Thanks in advance to anyone willing and able to take a stab at explaning it.
You know that fan-edit of the Phantom Menace without Jar-Jar? Well, I was thinking... [more inside]
Google has let me down - are speed trap detectors legal in the UK? Some sites seem to think they were made legal in 2001 but some sites say they are legal to own but not to use. Can someone tell me what's correct?
I paid 25 cents at a Public Library Used Books-and-Stuff Sale for a CD-ROM of "Flash 2" with a registration card for "Flash 5 Upgrade". Am I in danger of doing something illegal, futile, or just flashy?
Why is being paid for prostitution illegal but being paid to appear in pornography legal?