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  • Is it illegal for him to hack into my emails and post them on social media?

    I have an ex boyfriend who is also the father of my child. He has hacked into my emails and made a fake profile of me posting pictures of my private emails on the facebook page. And emailed these to friends and family.

    Andrew’s Answer

    I suggest you contact Facebook customer service. They will take down false profiles.

    I also suggest you change all of your passwords, especially the ones for financial sites. Your ex is probably working on "guessing" these passwords as well. You need to lock this guy out.

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  • Will online chess gambling be banned in USA for any reason?

    I have seen various online gambling websites shutdown because of so and so reasons like regulations and state jurisdiction and others websites worldwide. Some works and some doesn't work. I don't understand fully. But I would like to know whether ...

    Andrew’s Answer

    There are about a half dozen states that do not make the distinction between a game of skill and a game of chance. They outlaw it either way.

    Further, there is a four part test the courts use for deciding if it is a game of skill or a game of chance. While we all immediately recognize Chess is probably a game of skill, that test would still need to be applied, and it might not pass depending on how your site is run.

    There will be other questions you find as you seek to open an e-commerce web site or App. Working with a lawyer as you begin will save you a lot of money in the future.

    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 may want to discuss your situation with a lawyer in more detail. Many lawyers on Avvo offer a free phone consultation.

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  • What do i do and how do i do it

    There was someone that had ddosed me and someone else that i know as a friend. I know who did it and have proof in messages. Im asking you this because i don't know who to call to do something about this. Also this happened about a week ago, can I...

    Andrew’s Answer

    Initiating a DOS attack is a crime. Call your local FBI office. If they tell you it is a civil offense, you will need to hire a lawyer.

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  • Is it trademark infringement IF no one can actually see the domain name being utilized in public or on the internet?

    I purchased a domain name .com there are currently 5 different versions of the same domain name for sale .org, .net etc. I have posted the domain name to a webpage on the internet through a "preview DNS" no one can see it. I uploaded the webpage...

    Andrew’s Answer

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

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  • Shared computer

    IF there is a shared computer and 1 person illegal downloads, what happens to the other users as they had nothing to do w it and didnt download what was illegal?

    Andrew’s Answer

    There is no "yes or no" answer to your question. It will depend on the actual facts of the event. In any event the other users should limit their liability by either getting their own computer or telling the other person to stop their "illegal" use.

    You may want an attorney to write a Cease and Desist letter to the person abusing the shared computer.
    You need to limit your liability -- "known or should have known" what was going on can create liability for the other users in many circumstances.

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  • Without having the title, does she have the standing to try to sell the vehicle to a car dealer? What steps should she take?

    My grandfather passed away and had recently purchased a vehicle that has a current lien. No Power of Attorney or anything like that was set up before he passed away. My mother was designated as the beneficiary of his estate. She cannot afford to m...

    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. Many lawyers on Avvo offer a free phone consultation.

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  • What are the legal implications for hiring the software engineering interns?

    I'm a tech entrepreneur that is looking to build a prototype for my next idea. I'm hiring interns (Spring semester) and they will be receiving college credit for the internship.

    Andrew’s Answer

    Whether the people you use are "employees" not subject to tax depends on how you set up the internships. You will need legal advice on this.

    There will be other questions you find as you seek to open an e-commerce web site or App. Working with a lawyer as you begin will save you a lot of money in the future.

    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 may want to discuss your situation with a lawyer in more detail. Many lawyers on Avvo offer a free phone consultation.

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  • Can I wait to pay my builder what I owe him till he get my basement problem fixed?

    I recently built a house. I own my builder around $10,000 in upgrade charges. However, I just moved in and my basement is leaking. My builder is "working" on it but has not done anything about it yet. I believe all the foundation work was subc...

    Andrew’s Answer

    I would not pay the builder anything more until your basement problem is fixed, which may be a very expensive proposition.

    Ultimately, I think you will need to get a lawyer involved as this turns into a nasty contractual problem.

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  • Can I write on my website, that my organization is a non-profit or a not-for-profit if we do not profit?

    I have a website that lists all water filtration systems in the market, with the purpose to allow anyone to find it for social causes. I do not wish to make any money on the website. There are some amazon affiliate links, so if people purchase pro...

    Andrew’s Answer

    If you are "making money" on your web site the IRS will seek to tax your profits. You can, however, off set these gains with the expenses of running your web site.

    I suggest you speak to your accountant about how to set this up, and they may or may not recommend the 501(c)3 route.

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  • Is there anything I can do about Bias search engine fixing?

    Well there was a large corporation that wanted my Trademark and did everything they could including having Google, Bing and Yahoo fix their search results to keep me out and/or have me so far in the back that no one would find me! Now I have been ...

    Andrew’s Answer

    Search engines are not conspiring against you, they use the same rules for everyone. There are plenty of articles on the web to read about getting better search engine rankings, and many companies that would happily accept your money to do SEO work -- and it is work.

    You can do this work yourself, or you can hire someone else to do it for you. That is your decision.

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