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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -