25 Things You’re Doing Online That Are Probably Illegal

Have you done anything illegal online lately? No? Are you sure? Internet law is confusing and constantly changes, and it’s hard to keep up with what is and isn’t illegal online. While most of it is pretty much common sense, that doesn’t stop people from falling into trouble. From torrent to unofficial streaming online, common practices online wade into murky waters of questionable legality. Having said that, if you’re like most people, these are 25 Things You’re Doing Online That Are Probably Illegal.

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GIFs and Memes

dogeSource: https://www.forbes.com/sites/propointgraphics/2016/04/30/animated-gifs-and-fair-use-what-is-and-isnt-legal-according-to-copyright-law/

While some GIF’s and memes use public domain or creative commons images, many others use copyrighted content which is technically illegal. Some cite the Fair Use law, but in certain circumstances, that might not apply.


Clicking "Save Image As"

save as

Of course, saving an image itself isn’t illegal, but as you might expect at this point, if it’s a copyrighted image, then you’re heading into treacherous waters. You now have the power to distribute, and depending on what you do with that image, it could get you into trouble.


Working Remotely on a Travel Visa

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If you work from home for a US company and all of a sudden decide to go to the UK, it may be illegal to access your work email without a work visa.


Sharing Passwords

loginSource: https://www.forbes.com/sites/ciocentral/2016/08/23/why-sharing-passwords-is-now-illegal-and-what-this-means-for-employers-and-digital-businesses/#1caf7cf13a46

Sharing passwords is both a bad security risk and illegal. A Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that sharing passwords violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. So, just don’t do it.


Parody Accounts


While not always illegal, there is a fine line, and some Twitter users have run up against it. This is especially true for those who haven’t clearly labeled their account as fake or a parody.

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