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Currently, Stack Exchange sites use the CC BY-SA 2.5 license.

There's a lot of content (not the least of which is Wikipedia) under the newer 3.0 version of this license.

Content licensed under 2.5 is forward-compatible and can be used with the 3.0 license, but the reverse isn't true -- CC BY-SA 3.0 content can't be used here.

Is there a particular reason SE doesn't use the newer version of the license? Should it be changed?

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What are the difference between the two versions? – jjnguy Jan 13 '11 at 16:12
I read the quick summary page for both 2.5 and 3.0 and they are exactly the same. – jjnguy Jan 13 '11 at 16:15
@JJNguy – Pëkka Jan 13 '11 at 16:22
@Pekka, ah. Thanks. I still have no idea what that means though... – jjnguy Jan 13 '11 at 16:31
@JJnguy I can't say I do, either. Related:… – Pëkka Jan 13 '11 at 16:44
As I understand it, the intent is the same, and there are cleanups to the legalese plus the small technical changes listed on the page Pekka links to. – mattdm Jan 13 '11 at 16:48
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As of around April 8, we re-licensed under 3.0:

There are some noteworthy differences between the two. 3.0 has a no endorsements clause, and it introduces the concept of a "Creative Commons Compatible License", a third-party license approved by CC as "essentially equivalent" (none are approved yet). The generic license was renamed to be the US license, and they made a new "unported" license (linked above) to fulfill a similar role. 3.0 is also approved as free by Debian. CC has a article and blog entry with more info.

Legal page says user content is under cc-by-sa-3.0, but other pages say cc-by-sa-2.5 (fixed)

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Ehm, are you allowed to just relicense everyone's content? – Lightness Races in Orbit Aug 24 '15 at 10:46

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