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Definitely don't talk to him about knowing who he is/that you contacted FBI. He will understand his "mistake" and fix it for the next time. Contact FBI and police again, probably ask what is going on. They have unlikely forgot about him, and it is likely that they will benefit from your help. Tell him some nonsense about his ban, probably just answer not-so-...


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I would NOT level with him that you know who he is. All that will do is let him know that you have the ability to recognize who he is and try to figure out ways to be less obvious next time. What you can do is a) report it again. There may not have been enough to go on at the time, but if he's doing more, it's new information. It might still not be ...


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Disclaimer: IANAL; this is not legal advice. This is a lay opinion and it may or may not be an informed or accurate one; approach it with a healthy dose of skepticism. You're asking a technical legal question but your terminology is imprecise and inconsistent; I'll give it my best shot by interpreting the question as follows: In the United States, is there ...


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Legally, you can certainly ignore this request. In some circumstances, it's possible that hosting content that is illegal in Europe this would make it illegal to provide access to your site, which could even lead to a court decision requiring ISPs to block access to your site. I don't know if it's even legally possible for that to happen for a denied right-...


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This answer is United States centric. I attempted to dive into this with the intent to hit major pieces of legislation around the world, but quickly got overwhelmed with a single country. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA); pass in 1998. As the title of the act states, this law covers the use of copyrighted material, how to have copyrighted ...


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Goal of the TOS is to give a legal framework, so lawyers are indeed best to author/maintain it. As a consequence, a TOS is required before you launch. Going further, The TOS has a very high chance to be "hard to read" (with legal terms, etc.), and most people actually do not read it, and accept it anyway. you probably also want to author (yourself) a ...


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I haven't been in exactly the same situation but in my (fan fiction) community people primarily communicate as characters, so while we sometimes do end up finding out people's real names, we often have banned members sneak back in simply by changing their name and email. We have two main filters for this: First, and primarily, is the IP address. Although ...


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Am I [...] legally obligated (servers are in the US) to close or not close the discussion and make appropriate changes to the page(s)? It depends on a few factors. Note that I'm not a lawyer, so consult one. I'm just giving general advice. Your TOS most likely states that they can't post content without being the owner of the content. I'm no expert, but ...


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Here are some factors you should consider: License: You said you didn't see a license, but the absence of a license doesn't mean it's free to use. It means you need to look harder. (Reviews are probably substantial enough to be covered by copyright law in most countries, too.) Try to find the form, or the Facebook users who circulated it, or something. (...


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In the case that you retrieved a DMCA takedown notice, or alike, unless you signed a contractual agreement establishing that is under your responsibilities, retrieve, verify or comply with DMCA takedown notices, or any other kind of legalese, no, only site owners can be prosecuted. However, you may be liable if you don't forward these documents to the site ...


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It's important to point out that what you are asking your new leadership to do is pledge to act in accordance with your organizational values. You are not creating a contract with them. Therefore laws for electronic signatures really do not apply or matter here. Because your agreement does not specifically state any terms, or define nonconformance with ...


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Apart from excelent legal answer given, I'd like to also highlight a practical/moral part. Don't be suprised if you get severe -as in potentially community killing- backlash if you don't (appear to) do your utmost best to protect volunteers. This is assuming the volunteer did something that the community appears to agree with, please do check that first :)


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