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Is It Legal To Release Balloons Into The Air?

Helium-filled balloons. We see them at birthdays, weddings and all kinds of celebratory events. There are pictures all over the internet of people releasing a load of them on a special occasion. Sorry to be the one to burst the bubble, but this relatively innocuous act may be illegal in Australia depending on where you live.


Is It Legal To Lane Filter On A Motorcycle?

When I first jumped on the back of my friend’s motorcycle, I was aghast when he would weave in and out of traffic, often creating a lane of his own between two cars. I could see the disdain from drivers faces as we zipped passed their cars. “Are you allowed to do that?”, I asked when we hit the stop light.


How To Fake Your Death With HTML (And Wipe Credit Card Debt In The Process)

It turns out declaring someone legally dead is relatively simple, provided you have some HTML skills. Security researcher Chris Rock recently detailed how to do this during his presentation at DEF CON 23. While declaring yourself dead has many serious implications, it could also clear your out of control credit card bills.


Yes, You Can Get Sued For Sharing Mean Posts On Facebook

People seem to be more gutsy when they say things online. Internet trolls take it to the extreme but we’ve all been guilty of leaving a gnarky comment on internet forums or social media. What you might not know is that this can land you in legal hot water and grossly out of pocket.


Is It Legal To Doggy-Bag Food At Restaurants?

Is it legal to take that half-eaten meal from your favourite restaurant home with you, a practice also known as “doggy bagging”? Some restaurants have banned this popular custom due to alleged food and health laws. Here are the facts.


Format Shifting In Australia: What Can You Legally Do With 'Your' Content?

In the UK, it’s just become illegal to rip CDs you own, but that doesn’t mean the same law applies here. Still, it’s worthwhile refreshing what’s legal under Australian copyright law and what isn’t.


Ask LH: Can I Be Sued For Using A Copyrighted Photo On My Blog?

Hey LH, I recently received what could be described as an extortion letter from Dun & Bradstreet on behalf of Getty Images. I work in a school where we have a website dedicated to providing newsletter content to our parents. In one edition of the newsletter, I used a generic image that is apparently rights managed by Getty. I’ve since been asked for an outrageous $915 fee for using a 400px image.


How Soon Will Australia Start Blocking Web Sites?

Yesterday, the Australian Senate passed legislation which will require ISPs to block sites that are found by a court to enable piracy. Just how soon will that happen and what effect will it have?


Ask LH: Can I Reduce Speeding Fines With Community Service?

Hi Lifehacker, I got busted recently for speeding and was fined and handed an instant suspension. Is there any way to reduce the fine or suspension with community service?


Why Community TV Deserves To Keep Its Spectrum

A new campaign is underway this week to persuade the federal government to reverse its decision to push community television stations off the allocated broadcast spectrum at the end of this year in favour of online-only programming.


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