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Topics related to legal issues, personal or corporate liability, or government regulatory compliance at a local, state or provincial, or national level.

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We caught a pedo. Twice. What to do?

About a year ago we received a report from one of our users that they were getting inappropriate messages from another user. Upon investigation, we found child-grooming behaviour from the offender ...
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Can I use data from public Google Docs file to seed my new site?

I have a website that depends on reviews. In the initial stage I will have a classic chicken-egg problem. I need reviews to attract readers, and I need readers to attract writers. After some research ...
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How does one come up with a TOS for a site?

I don't even know where to start on this other than hiring a lawyer... How does one come up with Terms of Service for a site?
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How should new members of an organizations' leadership pledge to uphold its core purpose and values?

In my mission-driven organization, we believe its important for newly accepted members of the leadership to take a pledge to follow and uphold the core purpose and values. What are ways that other ...
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What are the disadvantages to organic non-centralised communities?

Why do we need to have a centralised hierarchical authority in our communities instead of letting them organise themselves? I am not well informed about this, so I apologise if this is in the wrong ...
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How do I mange a “Right to be Forgotten” request if I am based in North America, but user is European?

I am a forum owner for a small community. We have a global audience but a community of only about 400 active users. Recently, I was sent a PDF version of Google's Right to be Forgotten form, filled ...
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Does physical server location have any bearing on legal issues for a user? [closed]

When I do something online, I am physically in some legal jurisdiction (residence), and there is ample evidence that if my act is not legal I may face penalties by my state/government for actions I ...
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What obligation does a community have to provide legal protection for users acting on behalf of the community?

Specifically for organizations/communities with servers in the United States, are there any legal requirements for a community to provide legal protection for volunteers working to support the ...
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Worldwide legal repercussions of hosting content [closed]

User-provided content can be subject to all kinds of legal constraints. It's a big world and hundreds of jurisdictions may feel competent to regulate the content of a web page that can be accessed ...
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What are the possible repercussions of either removing or ignoring potential copyright infringement on a site I moderate?

On any site that accepts user contributions, a certain amount of copyrighted material ends up getting posted. Quotes used without full attribution are not uncommon, and reuse of copyrighted images is ...
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As a Wikisource admin, should I close copyright violations discussions that I started?

On Wikisource potential copy right discussions occur in forum style at Wikisource:Possible copyright violations. When anyone notices a potential copyright violation they are able to blank the text of ...