I rent an apartment with a strange closet situation. Right now the closet has locked. No key exists for the lock. Instead, the landlord urges me to keep it unlocked, even though it tends by its nature to lock, accidentally. The landlord will not make a key. Instead he charges me for stripping the door from its hinges each time it locks, grumbling "I told you there was no key!" Is this OK or is there some ideal under the law that I should be able to have access to my closet?
posted by johngoren
on Apr 8, 2014 -
Should my parents pursue this matter of civil rights, social justice, and mistreatment by police? [more inside]
posted by 1270AEH
on Mar 30, 2014 -
I have had an accident at work through no fault of my own. You are not my lawyer
- but I'd like some UK people tell me where to go and how to approach this situation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Feb 15, 2014 -
I want to make a music video for my band, and invite people to send us their own home video of a certain kind of public event for us to include. Are there any legal issues here? Please explain them to me like I'm a clueless idiot because, when it comes to film licencing, I am. [more inside]
posted by greenish
on Feb 11, 2014 -
My, under 10 employee company just hired a new receptionist in Massachusetts. She has been with us for 2 weeks, week two was out for 2.5 days with the flu. Today starts week 4, and she just informed the president that she is pregnant.
Do we have any recourse?
posted by jrc
on Dec 2, 2013 -
I really want to find out more about the history and progress of LGBT rights. Namely, early forms and social codes to express homosexuality, the civil rights movements and how psychology viewed before and now, and what led to finally removing homosexuality as a disorder from the DSM. [more inside]
posted by ahtlast93
on Nov 19, 2013 -
Through a long series of events I have come to own some mineral rights on some acreage near Norman, OK. I found out I owned when I was contacted by a landman offering to lease it. I thought the offer fair, so I took the money. But now I am getting offers to outright buy it. [more inside]
posted by jtexman1
on Nov 18, 2013 -
Lately I've been feeling pretty isolated because none of my friends really share my views on civil rights or social justice. The people I know who are more progressive are really militant and extreme and they're not very helpful to be around either due to their rather harsh approach to their various causes. Where on the internet and in real life can I as a white girl go to be part of a community that is proactive and progressive towards intersectionality, feminism, LGBTQ rights, and similar topics? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather
on Oct 28, 2013 -
A founding member of my 5 piece band was kicked out this summer, and we are going to rewrite 80% of his parts when we rerecord. We didn't like the old guitar parts and helped him write some of them, which is the main reason we wanted to part ways.
He is now asking for equal ownership of the composition of songs originating from his tenure, and claiming that it is industry standard for the new guitarist who contributes new guitar compositions to get nothing.
This seems very bizarre to me, but is he right? We all own an equal share of publishing and masters on songs that are already released.
posted by qzar
on Oct 17, 2013 -
How do I find out if the film rights are available to a book/novel? Or, more specifically, if they are not available - how do I find out who owns the rights? [more inside]
posted by crossoverman
on Aug 8, 2013 -
My adult daughter was diagnosed very quickly by a psychiatrist with bi polar disorder. It isn't that I disagree, but unfortunately I'm concerned that she is showing signs of antisocial personality disorder....She cycles about every three months having at least 2-3 mini rage episodes a month. She told me today that she's scared because of thoughts she is having. She lives with me, as do her two amazing kids. Her ability to care for them on her own is out of the question in my opinion based on the fact that she has a pill addiction and has had 2 seizures over dosing. When things are bad she goes to the doctor, has good intentions, gets back on a "good" track when things are bad she is not capable of being a loving mother. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jul 31, 2013 -
I've only today discovered the SCOTUS ruling of Salinas vs. Texas and want to ensure I understand it and know what to say if I'm ever talking (especially informally) to the police.
discussed, this ruling
determined that unless a person specifically invokes the right to remain silent at any time when speaking with police,
their silence can be used against them.
YANAL, YANML, and I am not looking here to critique this ruling, what I'm looking for is an exact script
to say to the police whenever I'm talking to them. [more inside]
posted by kinetic
on Jun 28, 2013 -
I self-published a non-fiction technical book recently. A Chinese publisher has just approached me and wants to buy the 5-year Chinese foreign distribution rights. How do I evaluate their offer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on May 21, 2013 -
My landlord did not give any sort of notice -- lease is to end in August, but according to note, there's a move-out inspection on May 31st? What?! [more inside]
posted by camylanded
on May 13, 2013 -
I work in a house that has been designated as a group home for 5 disabled adults. The program/company is funded for by the state. I am an hourly employee who works a full 40 hours (plus up to 10-15 hours of overtime @ time and a half many weeks). My checks include deductions in all the proper taxes and stuff that any job would withdraw from. It's a full on legit job. [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid
on May 9, 2013 -
So basically I need to swap out all the art on several websites with photos of California that we have the rights to use in perpetuity (as well as for print). I realize there's the "buy one at a time from Getty" avenue but I have neither the time or resources for that. What I need is a boatload of pics that I can use for commercial use that are all OF California (as well as some general use pics, graphics and art). A very big collection that I can hand to an intern so they can get swapping.
I think in the old days you used to just be able to buy a CD-rom of images. Can you still do that? Are there full collections with hundreds of pics? Or are there any free collections that anyone knows about that are just public use for this purpose? My budget for this is not high (no more than a couple hundred bucks) so I'm open to any options possible.
posted by rileyray3000
on Apr 11, 2013 -
Around the time that the Supreme Court decided Loving v. Virginia, did any churches lose their tax exempt status either due to (A) political activities related to the fight over interracial marriage or (B) due to the refusal to conduct such marriages for its members? [more inside]
posted by jepler
on Mar 25, 2013 -
A friend works overseas for a US-based defence contractor. He's been involved in a somewhat work-related incident in his country of work and his employer is, long story short, refusing to advise him, maybe even turning against him. Lots of details we don't want to put on the internet. Need to find a good attorney in the US that has specialization in working with employment rights, particularly in international situations for US based entities (not sure if the defence contractor part is relevant or not). If state matters, pick Texas.
posted by anonymous
on Feb 7, 2013 -
About 30 years ago my dad had a large gun collection (about 100 total). They were stolen and only about 10 of them were ever recovered. He had a list of models and serial numbers that he sent to local law enforcement. I still have that list. is there any chance of recovering more of the guns? How would I go about that?
posted by DaddyNewt
on Jan 27, 2013 -
What age-appropriate documentary should I watch with my 10yo daughter to help her understand the civil rights movement and MLK's place in it? [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser
on Jan 17, 2013 -
I graduated from music college in the UK about 10 years ago, and recently decided that while this time has been spent developing skills to augment my income as a freelance performer, I'd now like to consolidate those skills into a related career which would leave me more financially stable. For a long time now, I have been interested in becoming a music supervisor in the film/television industry, music researcher or working in a production music library. Whenever I have had any involvement with music rights or negotiating clearances, I've been fascinated by it but have never had the opportunity to have this as my main focus. How do I do this as someone who is not able to do long-term unpaid work experience/internships? [more inside]
posted by joboe
on Jan 17, 2013 -
What are the laws and or regulations about "possession" of employee/company email after an employee is terminated? [more inside]
posted by ascetic
on Dec 27, 2012 -
Philosophically, I believe in eating a plant-based vegan diet. In practice, it has proven difficult, as we are so disconnected from the animals that we are consuming. The most difficult for me is giving up dairy. So HiveMind, please help me by recommending books and DVDs on modern -day factory farming , which will reconnect me with the animals I am consuming. I am hoping that by seeing their suffering I will be no longer be able to be complicate in their exploitation. I have Our Daily Bread on DVD, and have Earthlings on hold from the library. I see there is a series on Peta.org, called Meet Your Meat. But, I really want a DVD, I'm not trying to watch stuff on my computer. I have also seen the Got the Facts on Milk documentary, but I really what to have a visual connection between dairy cows and the production of milk, so that when I think of consuming dairy I have an image that would deter me from doing so.
posted by TRUELOTUS
on Dec 21, 2012 -
We recently moved to a new house and our washing machine hook-up does not drain properly. Instead of fixing it, our landlord keeps being pushy about how we should just drain it into the state land behind the house. [more inside]
posted by Nattie
on Dec 20, 2012 -
My friend is a fan of really crappy 80s and 90s movies. I want to buy him the rights to some piece of %$&^ film. Of course, I'd prefer it had some star quality (could just be John Belushi's brother or something). How much would something like this cost? How would I go about doing it? I don't suppose that there's an ebay style auction site where you could do something like that?
posted by matkline
on Dec 5, 2012 -
I'm a graphic designer, employed full-time with a marketing agency. Yesterday my boss said I have to take down examples of work I've done while at the agency. In trying to determine if I can legally show these samples, searching the web is providing conflicting info.
Things worth mentioning (a) My portfolio specifies that the work was done on behalf of my employer (b) I never signed anything restricting the use of these images and (c) The images are of works that have appeared in public (stores, events, etc).
Is there something "official" I can refer to that shows where the rights to these images lie, especially as they apply to a personal portfolio?
posted by AONeal79
on Oct 19, 2012 -
Don't talk to the police
is convincing and sound advice. Getting a lawyer to represent you so that the police don't trick you into a conviction is a great idea. However, when someone is unexpectedly taken into police custody, how they find a suitable attorney on the spot to defend them? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt
on Aug 28, 2012 -
Need idiots guide to Google+ photo hosting pages? On holidays with sporadic Internet, so limited ability to google or view instruction videos. Spanish friend asked for help por fa [more inside]
posted by Wilder
on Aug 21, 2012 -
Public interest law transition-filter: I am a lawyer in a private-sector transactional practice. I would like to be a public interest lawyer doing litigation or policy in national security, civil liberties, surveillance or drug liberalization. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Aug 9, 2012 -
Tenant's rights filter: Virginia. My landlord is making unreasonable demands. What are my options, and who should I talk to? [more inside]
posted by _cave
on Jul 12, 2012 -
I'm currently renting a house in North Carolina and the landlord has decided to try to sell it. What are my rights regarding showings, and what is my best course of action to try to fix this situation? [more inside]
posted by crayz
on Jun 5, 2012 -
What constitutes token versus semi-professional payment in the North American short fiction market? What's reasonable to expect?
What are reasonable contractual expectations when signing away a piece for first publishing? [more inside]
posted by Stagger Lee
on May 29, 2012 -
What are my rights when someone uses a performance in which I was a significant participant on a commercial CD? I don't recall signing anything that assigned my rights as a performer, nor was I asked permission for its use nor even notified of its release. I have yet to ascertain whether I'm credited on the CD at all. I know YANAL, but surely this sort of thing has come up for someone before. How did you handle it?
posted by DandyRandy
on May 25, 2012 -
Is there a reliable way to find out when and where a movie that's too old to be in first run theaters but too new to be airing on cable and/or streaming will be available to watch? Example inside. [more inside]
posted by Lentrohamsanin
on Apr 2, 2012 -
I pay the band to play, I shoot the video and photos and record the audio. But who actually owns the media? [more inside]
posted by thrasher
on Feb 7, 2012 -
How do I keep living in a great guest house in a great location when I have to deal with a landlord who I saw masturbating (apparently while watching me) through his bedroom window. [more inside]
posted by chimeling
on Feb 6, 2012 -
Got in a car accident two years; car rental, uninsured. Complicated situation, car rental company wants $35K from me. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 14, 2012 -
I just found out my 8 year old stepson has to talk to a justice of the peace about an incident that took place about a month ago. I am uncertain what his rights are in this situation. The incident was that coins rolled onto the floor. My stepson and another child ran after it. My stepson pushed the other kid so he could get to it first, and the kid bruised his eye. They were and are still friends. My stepson was suspended for three days. My question is: does he have to talk to the justice of the peace and can I or his mother be present? This is in Michigan.
posted by jkafka
on Jan 5, 2012 -
YANML but let me hear your opinion anyway: If my family had to be unexpectedly temporarily relocated due to plumbing and flooring issues, what is my landlord required to pay? Lodging? Food? Anything? [more inside]
posted by ryecatcher
on Dec 12, 2011 -
We're all suffering from the Adderall Shortage of 2011 - even those of us who actually have legit prescriptions (raises hand!) whose work is starting to suffer as a result.
I've read a lot of articles and still have no idea why the shortage exists - and at this point, I don't really care. I just want to know who to complain to. What agency/person/organization would be most "helpful" after receiving my thoughts on this shortage?
This is in NJ, but it's a nationwide shortage, so, I'm sure other people need to complain too.
posted by bfu
on Dec 7, 2011 -
I made a stupid mistake a flushed Clorox wipes down my apartment toilet and it clogged the plumbing. What are my responsibilities as a tenant? [more inside]
posted by *lostatsea*
on Nov 28, 2011 -
I came home to my ceiling leaking brown water this evening. After a few phone calls from me to the 24/7 answering service my landlord has set up, a maintenance man finally showed up. He deduced that the hot water pipes in the floor between my ceiling an my neighbor to the north's floor had burst.
Meanwhile my counters, appliances drywall ceiling/wall/electrical outlets/lights and wood floors are soaked. The maintenance man said he turned off the water flow to the burst pipe, and said he would return tomorrow to ensure the walls/ceiling had dried, but I'm not comfortable with that response --- I feel that all of the waterlogged drywall/floor should be replaced and the appliances should be replaced.
What do I do? Should I call a lawyer? Should I write/mail a certified letter to the landlord?
I'd like action now, but feel like I'm being out by the wayside. Please help!
posted by thankyoumuchly
on Nov 5, 2011 -
I'm about to enter the public school profession and am struggling with societal mindsets about who teachers have to be. Can public school teachers still be complex adults when they're off the job? [more inside]
posted by billypilgrim
on Nov 5, 2011 -
Where should I stay in Amsterdam and what should I check out?
I'm going to Amsterdam for two days and two nights the first week of January. I am a 26 year old single lesbian who is very interested in checking out the local hotspots for gay women and also visiting some art galleries. I would like to see some unusual art installations and/or performance art while I am there. Thank you! : ) [more inside]
posted by thatgirl1985
on Oct 24, 2011 -
How can I outfit my car with an automatic recording device to protect myself and my passengers from crime and civil rights violations? [more inside]
posted by ambulocetus
on Oct 23, 2011 -