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u/GorgonZolla · 2 pointsr/legaladvice

I am: not a lawyer, only knowledgeable about the US, an amateur photographer, and have a copy of

What you are doing is very common on Flickr, I've had this happen numerous times. I don't think it's a violation of their terms or that you're doing anything wrong, but that's just my impression.

What I think you are trying to accomplish here is to negotiate a license with the photographer to use their photos. They maintain copyright and it remains "all rights reserved" for them - but you have an agreement with them to use the photo according to some specific terms. I think that it's in your best interest to formalize this with a contract so that there aren't any questions further down the line (i.e. they agree to let you use it now and then realize you are making money using their art and get upset). Searching online will find lots of resources for this sort of licensing. Obviously an expert in intellectual property rights could draft something specifically for your situation.

As /u/lord_humble says, there may be concerns about releases as well. My understanding is that this can range from a model release for the person/people pictured in the image to releases for other copyrighted works shown in the picture depending on usage. There's some interesting "common sense" reading here that talks about releases:

The expanding stock photo market addresses many of these issues by letting you buy a license with a one time fee for specific use of imagery. You may want to pursue that approach if you believe your usage will become popular enough that this could be an issue.

u/xxshteviexx · 6 pointsr/legaladvice

You're right from a legal standpoint, but most of society has moved on from the marijuana hysteria, so that's probably why you're not seeing it be a big enforcement priority for others. The police will need either consent or a search warrant to bust in there and look for what is probably a small amount of weed.

I would suggest you tone it down a bit and try to have some empathy in your dealings with your neighbors, who may be using it for medicinal or mental reasons. Rather than get angry about it, try some kindness and explain to them that the smell really bothers you, and ask if there's anything they can do to tone it down. Perhaps suggest they only smoke on their patio, or switch to vaping while they're living in the apartment.

Maybe you should get them a reverse housewarming gift: the Smoke Buddy is a favorite among many marijuana users and does a fantastic job at containing the smell. You could explain this to them as being in their best interest to use, since the smell is obviously getting out of the apartment and it's only a matter of time before the cops catch them. Could be an easy $15 solution.

u/Kylista · 2 pointsr/legaladvice

As other posters have mentioned, sometimes if a portable air conditioner doesn't seem like it's working, it's because there isn't enough circulation.

I was in a situation similar to yours, trying to cool down a living area with vaulted ceilings in the summer with a 14,000btu portable AC, and it didn't seem like it was doing shit. It was nice to sit in front of, but 3 feet away it was hot as hell.

The solution was around air circulation. I actually ended up opening a bedroom down the hall and opening a window and putting a box fan in it to blow air out.

2 hours later the living area was pleasantly cool and so was my bedroom, which was a nice bonus.

my AC unit is and it works wonderfully.

u/csbsju_guyyy · 4 pointsr/legaladvice

Not that it helps you in your current situation, but I would 100% recommend getting a dashcam. It has saved me and is currently helping my sister out (I installed one in her car, check out my post history I just put the video up yesterday). Video footage resolves any doubts of fault AND insurance/police love having hard proof. I would point you towards this, it's fairly inexpensive and nearly invisible if you put it behind your mirror.

Either way, good luck with your current situation!

u/infinitum3d · 2 pointsr/legaladvice

Does your apparent door open to an inside common area like a lobby or hallway?

3781.103 Deadbolt locks or equivalent security locking device for swinging exit doors.
The Ohio board of building standards shall adopt, pursuant to division (A) of section 3781.10 of the Revised Code, a rule requiring that the swinging exit door for each unit in an apartment building or other multi-unit dwelling that is subject to the rules authorized by division (A) of such section be equipped with a deadbolt or equivalent security locking device complying with standards prescribed by the board. The rule shall be applied to all such apartment buildings and other multi-unit dwellings for which plans are approved pursuant to section 3791.04 of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 09-05-1975.

This only applies to the swinging exit door from the lobby to the outside world.

There is nothing that pertains to individual apartment doors.

Personally, we use these even though we have deadbolts.

Good luck!

u/SagittariaKnows · 55 pointsr/legaladvice

>(thank goodness with my big dog)

Good puppy.

>He is lucky he was a) not shot and b) not mauled.

Yes. Yes he is.

I can only give practical advice and someone else will come along with possibilities shortly. A cheap way to get some piece of mind? (I have a front door that will only lock the deadbolt with some begging and pleading and some kind of secret handshake that I haven't learned) Get a door brace until you can get a locksmith out to fix your deadbolt. There are a bunch available. You can probably find one at a local hardware store. I'm not recommending this one specifically - I'm just starting with search terms and ideas that may help you sleep.

You can call a locksmith and have them fight with your deadbolt. It may be an easy fix.

There are several people on here who are police officers who will probably tell you that if they know all they need to know they won't put you through a really in-depth interview.

There are also self defense classes available and if you call the local police department and tell them who you are and what happened they may have some other ideas/resources as well.

Hug your puppy for us and I'm sorry this happened to you.

u/t0talnonsense · 60 pointsr/legaladvice

You can't be overly cautious with your safety. Like it or not, this guy has unlimited access to your apartment, assuming he has access to the master key. I would probably look into a security bar/door jam that will provide more security (at least while you are home) until you feel safe again. I had a friend who lived in a sketch part of town for a bit, and put one of these up every night before she went to sleep. Never had any real trouble, but it was some good peace of mind.

u/throwaway · -2 pointsr/legaladvice

Some people in law enforcement, sure. Don't you think people with that attitude will tend to have relatively little influence, though? Just look at the history of the FBI and who has tended to rise to the top there. They'll jump through any loophole if it gives them an edge, perhaps with the best of intentions for public safety, but they'll do it.

Thanks for the pointer to section 1983, didn't know about that. You're right, I could see such a strategy getting pretty expensive in terms of law suits.

u/FedRafaFan · 0 pointsr/legaladvice

My second point is really the biggest deterrent.

>Some people in law enforcement, sure. Don't you think people with that attitude will tend to have relatively little influence, though? Just look at the history of the FBI and who has tended to rise to the top there. They'll jump through any loophole if it gives them an edge, perhaps with the best of intentions for public safety, but they'll do it.

Some people at the top are terrible. Some are great. In my experience, there are many line prosecutors who care about rights and the law.

u/Anonymous__13 · 3 pointsr/legaladvice

So, I was in contact with a lawyer / friend of a friend who is a federal defense attorney called Harvey Silverglate, and he did indeed write a book ago this exact topic. He's very passionate and has served on the board of the Boston ACLU for many years. Here's a link to it his book:

u/dangerhaynes · 1 pointr/legaladvice

Maybe this is a good opportunity to upsell. Give the person a price the appropriate license...let's say OP decides it's $50. He/She can maybe offer a package that for $100 to provide that photo AND take a professional head shot or something else that could be useful for his website. Play with the numbers.

Since OP is potentially getting interest in his/her work, I suggest learning more about the business. This is my go to book for learning about the business side of photography, including pricing, licenses, taxes, etc.

EDIT: typos

u/Astramancer_ · 1227 pointsr/legaladvice

First steps: send the certified letter saying "not no but hell no" and make a copy of your lease with the "I rent the whole apartment" parts circled.

I would suggest taking a few days off work around Oct1, literally barricading the door and putting on netflix or something. Just chill in your apartment the whole time.

DO NOT allow your landlord to start moving someone in. If someone tries to break into your apartment (i.e. your landlord gave them a key), call the police ASAP. It'll be a lot easier to get the police involved if they have not moved in, because then it's not an eviction issue. Have copies of the information readily available to hand to the cops.

u/VanTil · 3 pointsr/legaladvice

If I can make a suggestion that isn't at all of the legal variety:

My wife and I had a similar problem with an infestation and after trying everything we could find at the store (including spending far too much on an exterminator) we heard about Diatomaceous Earth on reddit. Works on all cockroaches and is pretty inexpensive (something like $20 for a 10 lb bag on Amazon). You can find it here

Good Luck.

u/IphtashuFitz · 9 pointsr/legaladvice

You might want to consider getting yourself a dashcam for your car just so you have a record if/when similar sorts of things happen in the future. About a year ago there was an incident in my hometown where an off duty police officer pulled a car over and proceeded to threaten to "put a hole right through" the drivers head. It was all caught on a dashcam and the officer eventually resigned as a result. Shortly after that I went out and bought one of these and it's been in my car ever since. I've not had to rely on it yet, but I'm glad that it's sitting unobtrusively on my windshield in case I ever do need it. I've also heard rumblings that some insurance agencies offer discounts on auto insurance if you have a dashcam, but mine doesn't and I haven't bothered to check with others to see if it's true or not.

u/cardinal29 · 1 pointr/legaladvice

[This comment] (, from a post yesterday addressed a similar issue:

>I'd put a chain up, and use it whenever you are home. If you can't do that (screw holes, etc.) there are security door stoppers or this device that stops maintenance people, even if they have a key.

This way at least you'll stop the surprise visits while you're at home. This creep was definitely hoping to catch you in the shower. Be careful.

u/Iinzers · 1 pointr/legaladvice


Hm thanks man. I'll definitely give it another go this summer with some extra fans and a higher BTU AC if I can get one (16K I hope).

u/bugdog · 3 pointsr/legaladvice

Stay safe, OP, please.

Can you put an interior lock on that door so that you can secure it when you're home? The advice I want to give you is probably highly inappropriate for this forum, so an interior lock is all I have to offer.

I don't mean a crappy chain lock, either. Hell, come to think of it, you don't even need to put a lock on the door, you can get something like this -Dual-Function Security Bar

It doesn't require any modifications to the door and will keep anyone out that you don't want in while you're home.

u/castlite · 22 pointsr/legaladvice

OP, get a travel lock like this immediately. I have this and you just slide it into the door plate each time, fast & easy. Then call the police and see what they'd suggest, and whatever tenants association in in Quebec.

u/Bricker1492 · 6 pointsr/legaladvice

Oh, no! Not anxiety?

Sadly, your anxiety is not a particularly relevant factor. The landlord generally has the right to do things like place lock boxes, which are a standard practice for realtors.

If it will help your anxiety, perhaps can invest in

This lets you secure your door from inside while you’re home, even in the face of a person armed with a key. You could then answer the door and confirm that it’s a real estate agent and not a ne’er-do-well.

But you have to let the agent in.

u/remembertosmilebot · 1 pointr/legaladvice

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u/BHZuliss · 7 pointsr/legaladvice

Smokebuddy, a godsend when you need to be discreet.

u/lost_profit · 1 pointr/legaladvice

If you really, really want to get serious, you can purchase several of these outlet usage monitors and then you can subtract your monthly usage from the total reported to the utility company. Then, if you know the square footage of your LL's place and your place, you can figure out how much power/square foot you're using compared to what the LL is using.

EDIT: Better yet, I bet there is some information from a reliable source on the Internet about "normal" power usages. So, you could compare your monthly usage to these "normal" amounts.

u/Fool-me-thrice · 1 pointr/legaladvice

Yes, common law does have a standard of "normal wear and tear". She can install a lock with permission, or if she is prepared to fix any holes and repaint. There are also options that are meant to be minimal/no damage, and intended for renters, like this:

u/agreywood · 2 pointsr/legaladvice

Since it looks like breaking the lease is not feasible, you may want to try a combination of ear plugs and a white noise machine. I work nights and my husband needs to be up at 6am, and this is how we manage the situation.

u/mountaingoat05 · 30 pointsr/legaladvice

In the meantime, when you are home, invest in one of those door stops so that he can't enter the apartment. You aren't changing the locks, but you're preventing entry. Something like this:

u/Dramatic_Explosion · 1 pointr/legaladvice

For anyone who feels unsafe in a place where someone else has a key, get one of these 1, 2, 3. They only work while you're already inside your room/home/apartment, but make it so no key or lockpick will let someone in. Peace of mind when you sleep.

Practice using it if you get one in case of a fire or other quick-exit need.

u/cybin · 3 pointsr/legaladvice

Don't get a chain lock as that needs to be installed (screws thru the door frame). Get something like this.

u/iamAshlee · 1 pointr/legaladvice

You can also use something like this,

Security Bar

u/realityno · 5 pointsr/legaladvice

You do realize it costs way more to pay a lawyer for one hour than it does to move dorms once even twice then? Try buying a white noise machine. This is a popular white noise machine.

u/tommypaintrain · 3 pointsr/legaladvice

Hardware stores, Lowe's, and probably Walmart have cling wrap. Measure your windows before you go, get a wrap a little bigger than the window, and apply with a hairdryer. Honestly, windows are so expensive that it's not worth fighting with your landlord to have them tell you no anyway—not legal advice.

3M 2141BW-6 Indoor Window Insulator Kit, 5-Window

u/Blurgas · 5 pointsr/legaladvice

The security bar Zodiac mentioned is probably something like this
Roughly the equivalent of jamming a chair under your door knob, which means you're either going to have to punch a hole through the door to remove it, or break the hinges out of the frame

u/andpassword · 66 pointsr/legaladvice

> TSA treated me like I was a criminal

I'm sorry to say it, but you are a criminal, now. You did actually break the law, even though it's a stupid one. Zero tolerance laws make for bad public policy.

If it makes you feel better, you're in good company: the rest of the adult population of the USA.

I don't know what the solution is when we're supposed to have 'rule of law' but the law is so complex and far reaching that it's impossible for anyone to keep it 100% of the time. Obviously anarchy is out. But the current system is just as broken, in different ways.

I'm sorry this happened to you, I hope you get a good lawyer and you're able to put this all behind you soon.

u/link97381 · 2 pointsr/legaladvice

If your lease doesn't allow you to make the change to the locks yourself, consider adding a secondary means to secure your door such as one of these

u/Rokeon · 53 pointsr/legaladvice

I believe someone suggested this last time, but get a security door bar that you can use to keep the door from opening while you're at home. Quick, cheap, and you're not damaging or changing the property without the landlord's permission- it won't prevent unauthorized showings while you're out but it'll at least keep them from walking in on you while you're in bed again.

u/ortusdux · 22 pointsr/legaladvice

They sell motion activated cans of CO2 that Pssssst when anything comes near. Worth every penny.

u/UTripUmpire · 2 pointsr/legaladvice

You can also pitch a smoke buddy to them. It might get the smell and smoke to be less of an issue for you.

u/throwaway1dhsaujik · 2 pointsr/legaladvice

Sometimes impossible. US law system is so out of wack almost everyone breaks multiple laws a day.

Read more about it if you like

u/SinfulPanda · 2 pointsr/legaladvice

I haven't purchased one yet as I have something else, but I learned about this in this sub and plan to purchase one.

u/wickedpixel1221 · 5 pointsr/legaladvice

You can get a door jammer to use when you're home. You can simply not answer the door and the landlord will not be able to enter. It's removable and requires no alteration to the apartment. If you're (rightfully) concerned able people being in your apartment when you're not there it may be worth the investment to get a couple cheap cameras.

u/HolaGuacamola · -2 pointsr/legaladvice

This will fix it right up. Sprinkle it around the unit. You could probably get your LL to pay for it if you asked.

u/Leprophobia · 2 pointsr/legaladvice

No worries, friend. If you want to know more, your should check out this book.

u/cosmos7 · 10 pointsr/legaladvice

The water leak is an emergency worth entering for. As described all of the other times should have required proper notice, or at the least waiting for you to answer the door... landlord or proxy cannot just walk in as they please.

Sounds like they're having trouble listening. At the very least you might want to consider investing in a security stick to prevent them walking in unannounced.

u/suv_hit_tx2 · 4 pointsr/legaladvice

The same type of scenario happened to me last week. I was sitting at a red light. The SUV in front of me started to reverse. Once I realized he was getting too close - it was too late...he hit my car. He was a driver for the company that owned the car. There were no witnesses. There was no damage to the SUV - only my car & no injuries. I didn't call the police because like the guy who hit you, he seemed cooperative & without witnesses, I really didn't think a police report would help.

I went to my appointment and got back to work an hour later. There was a voicemail from my insurance, which is GEICO, stating that the other guy filed a claim against me stating I rear-ended him. It's all up in the air right now; I am disputing what he said with GEICO and filed a claim with his company's insurance. The irony was I had a dash cam I had recently purchased in the car but had not mounted it yet. If that had been mounted, none of this would be an issue. I know it won't help what already happened, but if you are interested, here is what I am using: Black Box B40 A118 Stealth Dashboard Dash Cam

u/bigpolar70 · 5 pointsr/legaladvice

Bear spray usually has a lower OC content than allowed in regular pepper spray - 1-2% for bear spray vs. 10% for humans.

Human Spray - 10% OC

Bear Spray - 2% OC

The only advantage of bear spray is that is is designed to shoot farther. If you want to use pepper spray get some designed for humans.

u/derspiny · 10 pointsr/legaladvice

At this point it's unlikely that the legal system has a lot to offer you. It's a fairly blunt instrument, and most legal protections kick in after the fact, not pre-emptively. Even a restraining order would generally require a pre-existing pattern of harassment or violence, which isn't evident from your post.

You're doing the right thing by prioritizing getting out of this situation. In the interim, it might be worth keeping your phone charged and on your person whenever you're at home, and locking the door when you use the bathroom. If you want something a little stiffer than a bathroom privacy lock, removable door braces exist, but they're ultimately only as strong as the door itself.

Depending on how comfortable you feel with this, you may also want to sit your roommate down and spell out, clearly, that your sexual relationship is over, that he is no longer to touch you for any reason, and that you will treat continued unwanted touching as sexual assault. That's very confrontational, and you can expect your roommate to be angry… but enforcing this boundary is important to you and to your safety, and his anger is his problem.

He cannot legally lock you out over this. If you aren't on the lease, he can give you notice to terminate your tenancy, but that gives you a full month to find another place to live.

u/High_In_The_Instep · 44 pointsr/legaladvice

Just buy some variation of this:

This will fix the problem while you are at home at least. If they say they want to come in, say there was no notice.

u/cryptoglyph · 8 pointsr/legaladvice

You think you lead a squeaky clean life, but this book ought to sober you up. The federal criminal code is so expansive and so ambiguous in places that it gives US Attorneys the discretion to overzealously charge you with crimes for things you never even considered might be considered crimes.

Don't talk to the police.

u/N-ConfusedPorphyrin · 2 pointsr/legaladvice

To add to what /u/Amarkov is saying, consider the Aqua song "Barbie Girl," where Mattel sued the band and pretty much every related entity for trademark infringement over the doll. The court rules it was a parody and fair use, but not until a huge, expensive legal battle.

Madonna is heading into a similar battle with a less-clear of a parody by the Girls Gone Wild dude over her song of the same name.

I found a book you can use to research, though!

u/KnyteTech · 13 pointsr/legaladvice
  1. You have to pay that bill. Just suck it up and do it or things will get a lot worse.

  2. Most likely you have something that is failing and drawing a lot of excess power. Snag yourself a Kill-a-Watt Meter and go around your house. Everything that plugs into the wall, gets plugged into that. No joke, I've seen an alarm clock sucking down over 100W of power (I'm amazed it wasn't on fire).

  3. Don't unplug your appliances. That is literally pants on head idiotic. If you unplug your fridge for 8 hours a day, it'll consumer more power getting back down to temperature than it would have just maintaining that temp. Not to mention the negative impact on your food. Your washer and dryer should draw effectively zero power when plugged in, but again the kill-a-watt should tell you this.

  4. check for gaps in weather stripping around your doors. Small gaps that allow air through will drive up your cooling costs significantly. Same thing for your windows. The Landlord basically HAS to fix these issues, no questions asked.

  5. Ask your landlord to swap out your dryer if your unit has one in it. More often than not, THIS is the appliance that's actually using the most power in your apt, not your AC unit.
u/scllymldr · 1 pointr/legaladvice

Gotcha. She seriously sounds stubborn and likely doesn’t hear well. She probably thinks it’s ridiculous you’ve complained because she doesn’t see an issue with her behavior. When I lived in an apartment, I eventually had to get a white noise machine. It was a game changer because my neighbors were all miserably loud.

Get you one of these. The price is worth it, and if should greatly mask any outside noises:

u/_captain-shitacular_ · 3 pointsr/legaladvice

This is a completely valid and understandable reply regarding firearms. Even if it's not a gun, especially if it's not a gun, I still urge you to find a suitable weapon for daily carry.

Sabre pepper gel is reliable, doesn't leak, and because it's a gel as opposed to an aerosolized spray it doesn't atomize in the wind and can't blow back at you. I carry this and a punch dagger (cannot be taken away from you easily because the handle is completely wrapped in your palm).
Stun guns are not generally reliable, but again I recommend Sabre products, they make a stun gun that gets good reviews for reliability and power, and is supposedly effective through up to 3 layers of clothing. Expandable batons and baseball bats also have merits, but I wouldn't recommend either unless your upper body strength is better than average.

The idea is not to attack your ex on sight and it's not to avoid calling the police completely. The idea is to call the police when he shows up and have a last-ditch weapon concealed on your person if his violence escalates to intent to kill (you don't get close to him, but you make damn sure he won't walk away if he gets too close to you).

As I said, guns aren't everyone's cup of tea, and not the best for every situation; however, opting to not have viable self defense options at all is foolish. Please, for your own safety, research some serious self-defense options that will work for your situation. Domestic violence usually escalates over time and I've read too many stories of women that call the cops and try to talk it out every time who are murdered when their abusers finally go off the deep end. Anything is better than nothing, and if you ever have to use it, you're already dead and have nothing to lose.

u/Wadsworth_McStumpy · 1 pointr/legaladvice

Likely that a lot of the technology is classified, so exporting restricted technology. Exporting weapons is possible, but I don't know how those laws are worded. Repulsors might be classed as weapons, but they might not. In the Marvel universe, I'm sure they are.
FAA regulations for sure, the suit is an unlicensed aircraft and wouldn't fit into the ultralight category due to being too fast. He'd lose his pilot license at a minimum.
All kinds of violations of Iraqi law, of course, including multiple murders and, probably, terrorism. I doubt the US would extradite for those, but Iraq might allow trials in absentia.

Knowing Tony, he would probably also violate local laws about consumption of alcohol while he's there.

As a side note, have you read the book The Law of Superheroes? I recommend it highly.