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  • I contacted listing agent of vaca property thru Homeaway.com She replied, would consult with owner. I received 2 emails from

    owner and almost daily emails with agent. We negotiated a price, agent said owner requested direct transfer thru Homeaway's secure pay system. After live chat, phone ,and emails with Homeaway's knowledge, I wired $8,000. Agent and owner deny an...

    Andrew’s Answer

    This certainly sounds like you have been scammed. You law is on your side, and I suggest you hire a lawyer to "follow the money." Once you find where the money went, you will know who to sue.

    Further, as attorney Michael Birchmore suggested, the attorney general's office of GA is a good place to seek help.

    If you decide you need a lawyer, contacting attorney Birchmore for a consultation would be a good place to start.

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  • Can I sue Godaddy for wrongfully repossessing my domains, lying to me and causing losses?

    Godaddy repossessed my domains and locked my account, because I used the same coupon codes on multiple accounts, they told me they consider this as abuse. But BEFORE I registered my domains using coupon codes I contacted godaddy support and asked ...

    Andrew’s Answer

    In America you can sue anyone, anytime for anything -- You just might not win.

    The GoDaddy TOS says that if you want to bring suit, you must do so in Maricopa County, Arizona. You can probably use their small claims court, so you could do this yourself and just have to show up in Arizona once or maybe twice.

    You will want to discuss your situation with a lawyer in more detail. Use the "Find a Lawyer" tab on this site and choose someone from Maricopa County, Arizona. Most lawyers on Avvo offer a free phone consultation.

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  • Can I get instagram to remove post that violates personality/publicity rights?

    There is an Instagram user that has posted a video of me for promotional purposes on their Instagram profile without my permission. They refuse to remove it and although it is a violation of my publicity/personality rights as per section four of I...

    Andrew’s Answer

    Instagram has no liability for the actions of their posters under Section 230 of the CDA.

    However, you do have a breach of contract claim against them if they are not following their own TOS. Further, you do have a claim against the poster.

    I suggest you retain a lawyer to write a cease and desist letter to the poster, and to Instagram. While a C&D letter has little legal force, it tells the other side you are serious about your rights and have hired a lawyer to enforce them. A C&D letter will often do the trick!

    You will want to discuss your situation with a lawyer in more detail. Most lawyers on Avvo offer a free phone consultation.

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  • Am I committing a copyright violation by scraping a listing from Amazon and putting it on my own website with an affiliate link?

    I scrape all the details and make a new listing on my site, with an affiliate link attached. I've seen many "Amazon Stores" do the same thing, but I'm not sure if it's legal.

    Andrew’s Answer

    Check the Terms of Service on the Amazon site. They are very thorough in their explanations of what you can and cannot do.

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  • We are a small online company that sells cryogenic components around the country. We need help figuring out state sales tax laws

    We are located in NJ (soon to be PA) and we have been struggling with sales tax questions for almost as long as we have been in business. We sell parts online to all 50 states and Canada, and we typically only charge sales tax to NJ customers, sin...

    Andrew’s Answer

    You should speak with an Internet attorney who is well versed in sales tax law. Generally, sales tax is only due states where you have nexus (generally defined as a physical presence) but other considerations do come in to play.

    Further, if you are already running an e-commerce site there are other issues you need to be aware of that may affect your site and your liability. 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.

    You will want to discuss your situation with a lawyer in more detail. Most lawyers on Avvo offer a free phone consultation.

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  • Ex snoops on Facebook without permission

    My boyfriend got a new phone from me when I bought myself a new one, so he gave his 8 year old daughter his old one. He forgot to delete his Facebook and found out that his ex was snooping on it. He had information about her that their son sent hi...

    Andrew’s Answer

    Just because someone says they are going to talk to a lawyer does not mean they will, or that they will come up with the bucks to hire the lawyer.

    I always advise my clients not to poke the bear. Just cut off her ability to contact you and don't contact her. That may solve everything.

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  • Scrapping content from a different website

    I scrapped some data from a website to insert into my website. I contacted the people that actually insert the content into that website and they were OK with it, but the owner of the website is accusing me of Copyright Infringement , i need co...

    Andrew’s Answer

    You will want to discuss your situation with a lawyer in more detail. Most lawyers on Avvo offer a free phone consultation.

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  • I'm wanting to start an online auction website. Do I need a special license to take US customers? State by state requirements?

    I'm located in Texas. Items will be discounted retail like you can get through Amazon, best buy, etc...All bidders will win something. There is a big ticket item and smaller default items. One lucky winner will get the big item and everyone else w...

    Andrew’s Answer

    This is a complicated question which will require a discussion with an attorney to determine exactly how your site will work, and if it can be made legal under Federal and State gambling laws.

    Further, there are other issues you will need to discuss with an Internet lawyer if you are going to open an e-commerce web site. I have written a legal guide on this site about these issues. I have provided a link below for your convenience.

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  • Do I fall into any of the wiretapping laws?

    I run a game server on the internet and when connected to, there is a notice saying "Your microphone may be broadcasted over the internet and/or recorded and stored at any point in time. The state of your screen may also be captured, saved, and br...

    Andrew’s Answer

    While you only talk about the recording issue in your question (and others have given you good advice here) you should talk with your company's attorney not only about this issue, but other business issues as well.

    Further, if you are already running an e-commerce site there are other issues you need to be aware of that may affect your site and your liability. 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.

    You will want to discuss your situation with a lawyer in more detail. Most lawyers on Avvo offer a free phone consultation.

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  • Is there any possibility to close domain name which mislead buyers about quality of services they sell?

    For a long period I was a client of some website offering advertising services, I spend more then 20 000$ and now I found evidence that I was scammed by this web service, they promised me that my advertising would be seen by real people and instea...

    Andrew’s Answer

    You will want to discuss your situation with a lawyer in more detail. Use the "Find a Lawyer" tab on this site and choose someone from your locale. Most lawyers on Avvo offer a free phone consultation.

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