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Is it legal to copy Stack Overflow questions and answers?

This page is directly copying your content. Is this allowed?

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marked as duplicate by Mat, animuson, Time Traveling Bobby, kiamlaluno, casperOne Feb 5 '12 at 21:30

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possible duplicate of Is it legal to copy Stack Overflow questions and answers? - see also meta.stackexchange.com/questions/71820/… to report infringing sites (this one is already there). –  Mat Feb 5 '12 at 16:42

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They are doing nothing illegal, since they have everything allright, based on these policies

  • Visually indicate that the content is from Stack Overflow, Meta Stack Overflow, Server Fault, or Super User in some way. It doesn’t have to be obnoxious; a discreet text blurb is fine. - passed (✔)
  • Hyperlink directly to the original question on the source site (e.g., http://stackoverflow.com/questions/12345) - passed (✔)
  • Show the author names for every question and answer - passed (✔)
  • Hyperlink each author name directly back to their user profile page on the source site (e.g., http://stackoverflow.com/users/12345/username) - passed (✔)
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Do they really satisfy requirement #1 though? Yes, they do link to the original question on SO, but I don't think the status bar content when you hover over a link counts as a visual indication, and I don't see anything else to show that the content comes from SO. (Unless the image at the top is supposed to indicate that, but it doesn't really.) –  David Z Feb 5 '12 at 20:24
    
@DavidZaslavsky: There's a big "Stack Overflow tag filter" title on the top. –  Martin. Feb 5 '12 at 20:46
    
Huh, I only see that on the site's home page, not on the page actually linked in the question. –  David Z Feb 5 '12 at 21:06
    
@DavidZaslavsky: Hmm, it is really discreet, but it's there after clicking the logo –  Martin. Feb 5 '12 at 21:08

User content on Stack Exchange follows Creative Commons with attribution required license.

The attribution policy: mentions

If you republish this content, we require that you:
1. Visually indicate that the content is from Stack Overflow, Meta Stack Overflow, Server Fault, or Super User in some way. It doesn’t have to be obnoxious; a discreet text blurb is fine.
2. Hyperlink directly to the original question on the source site (e.g., http://stackoverflow.com/questions/12345)
3. Show the author names for every question and answer
4. Hyperlink each author name directly back to their user profile page on the source site (e.g., http://stackoverflow.com/users/12345/username)

By “directly”, I mean each hyperlink must point directly to our domain, and not use a tinyurl or any other form of obfuscation or redirection. Furthermore, the links must not be nofollowed.

Since the site follows all attribution guidelines, they aren't doing anything wrong. Sites which don't follow these guidelines can be reported in this question:

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