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  • Is it legal to run this website.

    Want to open a website thats a mix between a raffle and lottery. Wanted to speak to an attorney, can make a one time payment.

    Andrew’s Answer

    Raffles and lotteries are highly regulated and mostly illegal under both state and federal law. There is a way around this problem by creating a game of skill instead of a game of chance.

    About 36 states recognize the "game of skill" exception (e.g. poker is considered a game of skill in many states) and an experienced lawyer can guide you in creating a web site that will be legal if you monitor your player's states correctly.

    There will be other questions you find as you seek to open an e-commerce web site or App. I have written a legal guide on this site with issues you will need to discuss with an Internet attorney. I have placed a link below for your convenience.

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  • I sent nudes to someone, and he's threatening to post them.

    I'm 15 and the guy is 17. He told me to send more or he would post ones he already has. I was desperate and sent them, and I'm just really scared. Is there anything that I can do if he does post them? I don't want my parents or anyone to get in tr...

    Andrew’s Answer

    "Do this or I will post your nude pictures" is the very definition of blackmail. The authorities take this kind of action seriously, and will pursue the guy.

    You should talk to your parents and then to the police. One other word of advice, I always suggest to my clients that they speak with a lawyer and get their advice before entering the legal arena. That way you won't have any unintended consequences with your actions.

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  • Which law applies to a job posting website hosted in us but owned by an Italian citizen resident in Italy?

    I'm planning to do a job posting website which would offer payed services to recruiters and free services to job seekers worldwide. I'd like to seek professional advice for terms and conditions and privacy policy, should I look for a us lawyer or ...

    Andrew’s Answer

    You will need to follow the laws of the locale of the visitor you are directing your site to; in this case you need to follow U.S. law.

    I have written a legal guide on this site with issues you will need to discuss with an Internet attorney. I have placed a link below for your convenience.

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  • Hi, my question is provided in "Additional details"

    "Hi, I got tangled in an online debate in facebook with one guys from my homecountry university which in is Bangladesh. Right now we are both in USA doing PhD in different universities. I told him he is a goat. Since we are muslims in religious fe...

    Andrew’s Answer

    I have a hard time believing that the authorities would accept this exchange on facebook as a serious threat of bodily harm and charge you with a crime.

    Of course, we are seeing your words out of context. If there is more to this exchange which raises the level of the threat, you should contact a criminal defense lawyer for a discussion of your actions.

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  • How to ensure photographer doesn't post or share semi nude photos?

    I was doing a photoshoot with a photographer that I didn't know. He coaxed me into taking my top off and I got semi nude/risqué photos. It was in a public place (park/waterfalls/pool). Later he posted one of the photos on his Instagram even though...

    Andrew’s Answer

    I will reinforce the good advice given by attorney Michael Cernyar. Have an initial consultation with an Internet lawyer, and get a price on a cease and desist letter.

    While a cease and desist letter has little legal force - when it comes on an attorney's letterhead the photographer will know you have hired a lawyer and are serious about enforcing your rights. The photographer will get the message that he should do what you ask or face legal fees of his own. Most people know better than to enter the legal arena because it gets expensive. You have a very good chance the photographer will fold.

    Finally, the photographer may have done this to others as well. He will want to get you off his back before this pattern comes to light.

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  • DMCA settlement

    I have received notification that a file downloaded from the internet was a violation of copyright law. If I submit a counter notification saying that the file has been deleted, what is the likelihood that the case will be dropped?

    Andrew’s Answer

    Deleting the item is not the answer they are looking for. However, if I saw the information I would be better able to advise you.

    This is quite possibly a scam so having an attorney look at what you received would help you greatly.

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  • I sold a mobile home to a guy a year and a half ago. I signed the title over to him but he didn't transfer it into his name.

    He in turn resold it to another man and he has not transferred it into his name. The trailer tax, keeps coming to me , because neither man went to court house to have it put in their name. Is there anything I can do?

    Andrew’s Answer

    Don't pay the tax. Write the DMV and give them the relevant facts concerning the sale and new owners.

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  • What would I need to do to get a 2009 press release by the NJ Office Of Attorney General that's on the front page of Google?

    I need to have a press release taken down from the New Jersey Attorney General office written in 2009, it is messing up my business when people search for the business name, all allegations were proven wrong with the exception of a missing sign.

    Andrew’s Answer

    I am not sure that you can do anything. Was everything true at the time the press release was issued? If so, it was a proper release of relevant facts.

    You might ask the NJ AG to write a corrected release which might come up above the release that currently appears.

    A reputation management company would tell you to flood the Internet with newer relevant posts which would move the NJ report to later pages.

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  • What is the Canadian internet laws for obsenity and sodomy and how is it that these websites operate with this type of content?

    So lets say for example someone wanted to start an adult content based website and they are located in Canada. The website is to have different niches and one of them being BDSM. But it has been brought to their attention that there are laws such ...

    Andrew’s Answer

    Lots of issues here: 1) location - Canada, Texas & Germany; 2) obscenity laws; and 3) Running adult web sites.

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  • Can a judge order a persons information removed from the internet if that person has been threatened with death from ISIS?

    It’s been widely publicized that ISIS has called for home grown terrorists to kill military members/families living here in the US. Specifically ISIS is calling for the execution of fighter pilots that fought in the conflict zone, I am one of tho...

    Andrew’s Answer

    I think you have a legitimate and credible threat of bodily harm. I think a court would grant restraining orders against the Internet sites.

    However, you are going to need a lawyer and this won't be cheap. Further, will a CA company comply with a MN court order? They will fight it and you will probably need to slug it out in CA.

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