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March 18

Copyright, Fair Use and (Rare, Obscure) Music Blogging

There are many music blogs that provide educational information about rare & obscure music and vinyl records. They may also link to a single example song on a website like Soundcloud or What legal obstacles have blogs like this faced, or are currently facing? Is there a way to run a music blog like this and mostly avoid copyright issues? [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings at 12:02 PM - 2 answers

How to get a copy of a sealed court record

Several years ago, I filed a domestic violence report and received a restraining order against my soon to be ex husband. I think I changed my mind at the end about pressing charges. I tried obtaining a copy of the report and order at the same police department last year but was told that it was sealed. [more inside]
posted by thesockpuppet at 8:38 AM - 3 answers

March 16

My friend and her health insurance, got hurt in a foreign country...

She has a Medicare Advantage Plan. We were in Freeport the Bahamas and she tripped and hurt her wrist. She did not get any kind of treatment on our trip. When we got back to the USA she went to the doctor and it was then determined she had broke her wrist, she had to have surgery with metal plates. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:21 PM - 6 answers

March 14

Did my vet commit some form of malpractice?

A visit to the vet recently confirmed that my beloved 4-year-old dog has end-stage renal failure and will likely need to be put down in a few weeks. We took her to the same vet three months ago for a different issue, but during that visit we mentioned symptoms that turned out, in hindsight, to be indicative of renal failure. In response to our comments at that earlier visit, the vet tested her for diabetes, cleared her, and sent her home. Is our vet (legally, financially, morally) culpable for missing the diagnosis? [more inside]
posted by scriptible at 12:19 PM - 11 answers

March 13

How to compel neighbor to unclog overflowing sewer (Seattle)

TL;DR version: How do we compel a recalcitrant neighbor to address an overflowing sewer connected to a shared line in the city of Seattle. The city is not taking action despite clear and repeated evidence of a biological health hazard. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:32 AM - 9 answers

March 11

We only have four countries' bureaucracies to deal with here.

How does a Canadian residing in Denmark get married to an American/Swedish dual citizen living in Sweden? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:07 PM - 3 answers

Neuropsychiatry/Neurodiversity-Involved Litigation Specialists?

Hello Metafilter. I am a philosophy major who works at The University of Chicago Library (and did my undergrad here) but recently was forced to work with a supervisor who I strongly believe to have been a clinical psychopath. She has a documented history of 'breaking' subordinates. One of whom I have made contact with. [more inside]
posted by Redag at 9:54 AM - 17 answers

Using an Inherited Car?

My mom, who lives in a rural town that is five hours away from me, passed away recently. According to the will, I inherit everything, including her car. She told me several times that once I passed, I should be using her car when I am in her town to manage her estate. But what about car insurance? [more inside]
posted by pickles_have_souls at 8:04 AM - 14 answers

how do I dispose of prescription medication anonymously?

I have some medication that I need to get rid of it safely and very anonymously. This is in the United states.
posted by anonymous at 3:16 AM - 25 answers

March 8

Has the one-ballot-only primary system ever been challenged in court?

I am an independent voter in Illinois, and have strong opinions on which Democrat I'd prefer on the ballot in November and which Republican I'd (really, really not) prefer. Illinois is an "open primary" state, so I can choose either party's ballot to vote on. But I can't take both. That means practically speaking that I can only vote halfway in the primary. In a two-party system where the Democrat or Republican will win a national race 99.999% of the time, the ability to only vote for primary candidates from one party feels disenfranchising. [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket at 6:54 PM - 7 answers

Is there a way to look up ACCURATE arrest records?

Those websites like BeenVerified and Intellius etc, suck big time. [more inside]
posted by fantasticness at 11:04 AM - 10 answers

March 6

In my mind I'm going to Music City

So I've got a bunch of songs I've written for music compositions that are likely mostly in the public domain. Looking for some clarity on what I'm not understanding from all teh googles. [more inside]
posted by tilde at 2:10 PM - 4 answers

Looking for a book

I would be very interested to find a book/website/other resource showing interesting differences in law (particular area of law doesn't matter, ideally a wide range) between different states (not a "wacky" laws list). Does such a work exist? I have been unable to find anything outside of the numerous lists online of goofy examples of laws. Thank you for any help you can provide. Have a great day.
posted by gibbsjd77 at 9:17 AM - 8 answers

March 5

Looking for successful governance structures for community organizations

I volunteer at a community radio station where we are in the process of trying to reform or replace the current board and governance structure with something that is more effective and offers representation for the diversity of viewpoints and stakeholders involved. Please share your experiences of what did and didn't work in orgs you have been a part of or offer examples of governance structures that you have found to be effective. [more inside]
posted by metaphorever at 9:17 AM - 2 answers

March 2

How many professional government calligraphers?

I was reading the news and saw this snarky headline: "The White House chief calligrapher has a higher clearance than Jared Kushner," I thought "there's a White House chief calligrapher?*" and Google led me to the White House Graphics and Calligraphy Office. Which leads me to my question: How many other government calligraphers are there? Do the Senate and House have some, state and local offices, Governors? How can I find out? *The White House chief calligrapher is the award winning Pat Blair.
posted by Marky at 12:35 AM - 1 answers

February 27

Copyright question about emulating a textbook format/layout

I want to publish a new edition of a public domain book -- can I position this book as a "spiritual" sequel/supplement to a current series of textbooks, presenting the public domain content in a very similar format? [more inside]
posted by Trespassers William at 6:46 PM - 9 answers

Could Trump get a security clearance?

Did he have to? How was he vetted?
posted by Gnella at 5:46 PM - 9 answers

February 26

Weird pointless phone scam?

Why would someone call and claim that I missed a court appearance? Is this a scam of some sort? [more inside]
posted by mpark at 2:07 PM - 11 answers

An I eligible for an eBay refund?

This is a question involving UK consumer law. I bought an item from an eBay business seller. When it arrived I realised that I ordered the wrong colour. I inquired about an exchange and received an email from the seller saying that they wouldn't do it. Am I eligible to a refund under the Consumer Contract Regulations? I seem to be getting conflicting information depending on where I look.
posted by Kiwi at 1:01 PM - 5 answers

February 25

U.S. based gun registries

I've read that the 1986 Firearm Owners Protection Act, or another law or regulation, prevents gun registries by States or the Federal government. Is that true? Is there any way around that? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:04 PM - 4 answers

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