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1) Should we specify under what license a code snippet is under?

2) If the snippet doesn't come under a specific license, how can we use the solution and be sure of not being harassed later because of copyright, software patents, whatever?

3) Could we post under a GPL v3 license or should we use a more general license like Apache's?

4) If we don't see or specify a license, is there a default in the SO docs?

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All material posted on the site is under the CC license for the site.

As the link at the bottom of the page says:

user contributions licensed under cc-wiki with attribution required

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This is not the case for all content which has been posted by violating the terms. Unrightfully posting under CC-WIKI will not make the post CC-WIKI. Just saying. It's one thing what's documented on the site, and the other what actually is. Trust the terrain, not the map. See also: stackoverflow.uservoice.com/pages/general/suggestions/25546 –  hakre Jan 30 '12 at 15:08

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