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It's getting a little chilly up here...

What are my rights as a freelance writer? If I'm writing about employees competing on a company-sponsored team, do I have to clear everything I write with their PR people?? [more inside]
posted by mariokrat on Aug 20, 2007 - 13 answers

Sublettee responsibilitee?

I was supposed to stay a year, but am moving out within the first month. I gave my roommate/sublettor three weeks' notice that I was moving out. Do I have to find a roommate for him? [more inside]
posted by suedehead on Aug 12, 2007 - 15 answers

Does a landlord have to reveal a roach infestation before renting an apartment?

Is there any chance of getting back first and last month's rent from a landlord who didn't reveal known problems with an apartment? [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke on Aug 4, 2007 - 6 answers

privacy waiver for work?

Do I have to let my boss talk to my doctor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 11, 2007 - 16 answers

Disappointing accommodations-can i ask for a refund?

I just paid a lot of money for what turned out to be unhealthy and substandard accommodations while attending a weekend-longfundraiser-do I have a right to ask for a refund? [more inside]
posted by neilkod on Jun 27, 2007 - 12 answers

But I WANT to sign the lease!

Can my new landlord leave me off the lease? [more inside]
posted by purplefiber on Jun 11, 2007 - 7 answers

I want my clothes!

Landlord authorized the removal of my suitcases from front porch with no notification - possibilities for reimbursement? [more inside]
posted by youarenothere on Jun 9, 2007 - 17 answers

Tenant rights - was this trespassing?

My apartment was entered without the knowledge or consent of me, or my landlord. Is this trespassing? [more inside]
posted by othersomethings on Jun 8, 2007 - 21 answers

Who owns what in my new rental?

Two weeks ago I rented a new place. A previous tenant left the washer and dryer here. I can't figure out who owns what! Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 8, 2007 - 12 answers

Is there a word for this? One person's rights expressed in terms of another person's rights.

I want to describe something and I can't think of a good term for it. What should I call rights that "really" belong to one person or other entity, but which are expressed in relation to another person or entity? E.g., someone might not want to say that animals have a right to freedom, so he says that freeing animals protects the right of humans to avoid psychological distress. Rather than say that illegal immigrants have a right to free immunizations, he might say that the immunizations protect the rights of citizens to avoid epidemics. Is there a word for this?
posted by Joe in Australia on Apr 25, 2007 - 14 answers

i need a lawyer.

i need a lawyer in the denton, tx area who specializes in or has experience with renter's rights. [more inside]
posted by radiosilents on Apr 18, 2007 - 4 answers

Help for a rental refugee?

Can anyone provide advice, suggest tenant rights resources, courses of action or even refer a good pro-bono lawyer for a friend of mine who's getting screwed by her landlord during the conversion of her apartment complex from rentals to condos in Studio City, CA? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Mar 29, 2007 - 11 answers

What to do when you're broke, in jail and all the local law offices are closed for the holiday?

My sister's boyfriend is apparently being held in jail without charges. Is this legal? [more inside]
posted by apis mellifera on Dec 30, 2006 - 32 answers

VengeanceFilter: What's the legal status of RPAs on UK trains?

What is the legal status of Revenue Protection staff on British railways? [more inside]
posted by so_necessary on Dec 1, 2006 - 7 answers

How do I make my employer get me home?

What obligation does my employer have to get me home safely? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 22, 2006 - 14 answers

landlord tenant law in the US regarding utilities

Is it legal for landlords in the United States and the State of Colorado to pay the utilities for a building and then evenly divide the sum between all of the apartments? Someone told me that there was law against this but I have been unable to locate it. They said that essentially all units must be metered or the rent can be raised to "include utilities" but that they could not pass utilities on without metering apartments so that each pays their share. [more inside]
posted by occidental on Nov 18, 2006 - 6 answers

Flying football cows

I was watching yesterday's game on ABC-TV between USC and Arizona. Right at half-time three live cows para-glided into the stadium from above. Two of them were shown landing on the playing field, while the third cow landed somewhere in the stands on top of some cowering fans and a hot dog vendor. The tv quickly switched to the network half-time sports show, and when the second half started, not a word was spoken about the flying cows. I can't find a word about it in today's online press. Can someone enlighten me as to why these cows were flown onto the football field in Los Angeles at half-time?
posted by plainfeather on Oct 15, 2006 - 11 answers

Condo voting rights

Condo-buying followup: scarabic now asks, "Should I be concerned about introducing a third party and potentially going from 50% voting rights to 33% voting rights?" [more inside]
posted by hangashore on Oct 1, 2006 - 9 answers

I feel so break up...

What rights do I have when re-entering the US? Let's say that I, a natural-born US citizen, am returning to the US after a vacation. Does the bill of rights still apply to me when speaking to the nice man at Customs/Immigration? [more inside]
posted by kc8nod on Sep 19, 2006 - 25 answers

Screw the pooch?

ApartmentFilter: A friend received a note inside her apartment yesterday telling her she has 24 hours to get rid of her dog. She's lived in the apartment for nearly three years, with the dog the whole time. What are her rights and can the apartment complex do this? [more inside]
posted by DragonBoy on Sep 1, 2006 - 33 answers

180g Clear Vinyl Awesome

So, the record store I work for wants to do some reissues/boxes/become a label... Obviously, [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on Aug 2, 2006 - 8 answers

How do I encrypt my http traffic so my company can't read it?

How do I encrypt my http traffic so my company can't read it? Oh, did I mention SSL is no longer an option since they intend to decrypt all SSL traffic that passes through their proxies? [more inside]
posted by Spoonman on May 11, 2006 - 35 answers

Can a Landlord Legally use Security Cameras for Petty Purposes?

Anyone know the laws regarding video surveillance in apartment complexes? My crazy landlord has taken to using security cameras in the commons area to harass tenants... [more inside]
posted by Blingo on Apr 22, 2006 - 15 answers

Should I just get a screensaver?

Is it cruel to keep fish in an aquarium? [more inside]
posted by backOfYourMind on Apr 2, 2006 - 24 answers

How to get a landlord to cough up for bar work done?

My girlfriend did some casual bar work and now the landlord is dodging paying her. There is no complaint on her work but she didn't get anything in writing. How can she get the money due to her? [more inside]
posted by sixball on Mar 30, 2006 - 6 answers

"The Best of Metafilter." $9.99 at your local Barnes & Noble

Who owns the posts to Internet forums? I know someone who produced and acted in a one-woman show in which she "performed" weird stuff she found on Usenet. She claimed this was legal. Was it? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Mar 10, 2006 - 13 answers

Massachusetts residents, is my apartment legal?

Massachusetts residents, is my apartment legal? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Feb 22, 2006 - 21 answers

MovieFilter: Protecting my IP/Screenplay

How to I protect my book from being adapted to film/screen/movie without my permission? [more inside]
posted by bkdelong on Feb 22, 2006 - 14 answers

How to respond to rent-a-cops

In this story a man is accosted by Best Buy employees, and blocked from leaving the parking lot, for refusing to show a receipt after purchasing an item. This raises some legal questions about physical detention by non-police. [more inside]
posted by jsonic on Feb 18, 2006 - 38 answers

Hacking the Gibson.

I am looking for information, books, essays about free speech on the Net, type EFF or Godwin's "Cyber Rights: Defending Free Speech in the Digital Age", but from a more European point of view. (Or is this stupid seeing as we're talking about the net anyway.) For example, is there an EFF type organisation based in Europe?
posted by Skyanth on Jan 5, 2006 - 3 answers

Passing on the ephemeral.

Who owns my mp3s when I die?
posted by Neale on Dec 9, 2005 - 26 answers

Know of any outstanding animal rights groups?

I'd like to provide some support to one or more animal rights organizations. I'm trying to find groups that use methods that aren't violent or alienating, but are focused on publicizing mistreatment and promoting legal means of preventing cruelty. Are there any groups that are doing a particularly good job of this?
posted by shoos on Nov 27, 2005 - 10 answers

What are my rights?

What are my rights as a Canadian citizen living in Ontario in respect to police officers? Such as my rights to refuse search and following their orders, etc. [more inside]
posted by KathyK on Nov 22, 2005 - 9 answers

What's the Miranda warning called in countries where Miranda never happened -- or is it called anything at all?

The Miranda warning is well known in the US. "You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law...". But are there equivalent warnings that people in other countries hear when they are arrested? What are they called? How are they worded? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Nov 8, 2005 - 14 answers

Buying music rights?

I need information about buying rights to music outright. [more inside]
posted by null terminated on Jul 23, 2005 - 4 answers

Can a store search my bag?

Does a store really have the right to search my bag? I'm a guy and I carry a messenger bag. It always offends me when a store employee or security guard stops me and demands to search my bag on my way out of the store. Can I say no? [more inside]
posted by evoo on Jul 19, 2005 - 38 answers

Who owns Abu Ghraib photos?

How does the New Yorker control the rights to the infamous Abu Ghraib photos? [more inside]
posted by Brian James on Jul 7, 2005 - 1 answer

Law & Order: SVU vs. real life

Is it true that we can't be arrested in our own homes in the United States? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Jun 26, 2005 - 11 answers

Photo Permissions

A major publisher has approached me about using a photograph that I posted on my website that was originally taken by my dad (who, for reference, passed away a few years ago). According to the person who contacted me, the image would take up about a half-page in the interior of the book and they are interested in a quote for both world and North American rights. Can anyone give me a notion of what sort of compensation would be normal for this sort of thing and what the correct procedure might be? Thanks!
posted by stefnet on Mar 21, 2005 - 5 answers

Langston Hughes query...

Does anyone have some good info on writer Langston Hughes, aside from obvious Google sources? Any information gotten off the beaten path? I'd love to get some relatively unknown info on him, if anyone has it, or some particulary good access sites/books. Writing a paper and am tired of following everyone elses footsteps with information access.
posted by codeofconduct on Mar 12, 2005 - 15 answers

RFID distances

RFID proponents always point out that its effective distance is only a couple of meters at best and therefore couldn’t pose a significant privacy concern in the future if used on people. However, wouldn’t that effective distance be much larger if more powerful transceivers were used than current models?
posted by trinarian on Feb 17, 2005 - 17 answers

How do I get the rights to a book before adapting it into a screenplay.

CopyrightFilter: If I want to adapt a copyrighted(?) book into a theater performance, do I need to get the rights? Can I write a script, maybe even do a workshop production or do I need to get the rights before I can even think about adaptation? Who do I talk to to get the rights, and how much does this usually cost? Does it matter if the venue is tiny, and the theater company has no money?
posted by geryon on Feb 10, 2005 - 7 answers

What's so great about the U.S. constitution?

What's so great about the U.S. constitution? From a political science perspective, a legal perspective, a historical perspective? Non-USians without a written constitution especially invited to reply.
posted by insideout on Dec 4, 2004 - 33 answers

How would one stop a company from using footage of your property in their TV ad campaign?

How would one stop a company from using footage of your property in their TV ad campaign? [MI] [more inside]
posted by schoolgirl report on Oct 25, 2004 - 13 answers

Protecting Trees in CA

We have big trees on our property in San Mateo county, CA. Really big trees -- about 120 feet tall, some Coastal Redwood. Is there a clever way to legally protect the trees forever (from being cut down) by deeding them in some way?
posted by kk on Oct 11, 2004 - 9 answers

Equal Rights Amendment

Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.

How could anyone possibly be against THAT?

[mi] [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher on Oct 5, 2004 - 11 answers

What can happen if I hijack a wireless connection?

Ethical considerations aside, are there any issues I should be concerned with if I were to use my neighbor's wireless internet without his explicit permission? Say, my computer getting hacked, my passwords being intercepted, my email being read, my browsing history being revealed, etc etc.
posted by TheIrreverend on Sep 2, 2004 - 10 answers

Intellectual property question

AskLegalFilter: As a sort of follow-up to this thread, some friends and I have invented a game and have started to show it to representatives from game companies. There's been some interest, and before we can think about moving forward, I think we have to start with the legal stuff on our end. What sort of legal entity do my friends and I need to become so that someone can license intellectual property (mostly writing, as opposed to a unique style of play) from us and write us checks? And how can we do it for the least cost? Assume that we're more or less equal partners (somewhere between 33/33/33 and 35/35/30).
posted by blueshammer on May 3, 2004 - 11 answers

Buying used software - am I in danger of doing something illegal?

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?
posted by wendell on Feb 19, 2004 - 1 answer

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