Since nobody else has spoken up for the negative yet, I'll take a stab at it.
"Is this legal?" questions do not belong on gamedev.stackexchange.com. We are experts in game development. We are not qualified to publish advice about matters of eternal worldwide legality.
My opinion: No. They don't have a place here.
If any answer is, or should be, followed up with "... but you need to speak to a lawyer" then the answer is immediately irrelevant.
A lawyer, who knows the situation/location (which potentially already
makes them too localized as questions) could easily contradict
everything in the answer.
All someone is saying is "I think [this], but I'm not a lawyer, so I don't actually know." which is not an answer. At best it's a
hypothesis based on experience. At worst, it's bad advice that "sounds
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Questions of legality do not belong on gamedev.stackexchange.com. In almost all cases they cannot be answered objectively or concretely, and they require expertise which is not possessed by professional game developers; the people we nominally want to attract to the site.
As a practical matter, we cannot provide objectively correct answers to these questions, so we should not permit them on our site. If we keep them, we are only further cluttering the Internet with bad, ill-informed, and silently USA-centric legal advice.
And we're doing it knowingly.