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Music Band that Split Up

Question: Three people formed a music band, performed together, and put out discs together. After some time two of the band members told the third that they are no longer interested to perform with him. The third member was deeply offended, and did not react. After some time the other two members brought in a third band member in his place, and continued to perform under the same label. Can the third band m ...

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Using Somebody Else’s Engineering Plans

Question: Is it permitted for somebody to make use of someone else's engineering plans. The other person paid to have the plans made up, and the person in question wishes to do the same building work. Answer: Although the general principle is that where one person derives benefit and the other has no losses, the party that derived benefit is exempt from payment, authorities clarify that there are particular ...

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Partner Invested without Permission

Question: I have money in a joint investment with a friend. The friend took some of the money and invested it elsewhere without my permission. Should the earnings be shared or are they his? Answer: If your friend took the money with the intention of "stealing" it for himself, you have no share of the earnings, and your friend must return the money as every theft must be returned. However, if he took the mon ...

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Paying Damages for Car Accident

Question: I was involved in a car accident with another Jew. We were both at fault, and there was damage to both cars, though one car was more badly damaged than the other. How should the payment for damages be split? Answer: The total cost of repair should be divided into equal parts, and shared by both drivers.   מקורות: לכאורה שאלה זו תלויה בדברי הגמרא (ב"ק מח.) דאמר רבא ואיתימא רב פפא, שניהם ברשות ...

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Hiring Workers without Setting Wages

Question: We sometimes use a babysitter, and when we come home we pay her how much we believe is appropriate: If the kids slept through we pay less, and if they were awake and kept her busy we pay more. Is this okay, or should we worry about the babysitter having had something else in mind when she did the job? Answer: In principle, when a person hires a worker without stipulating the wages, he must pay him ...

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Downloading Music onto iPod

Question: Can one download music from his friend's computer or CDs that he did not pay for onto his iPod, or is it considered stealing and he has to buy the music himself? Answer: One should avoid downloading others' music onto an iPod, and strive to buy all music legally. At the same time, one does not have to tell off others who download, because there are authorities who are lenient in this matter. Best ...

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