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Is it legal to copy Stack Overflow questions and answers?

I had asked a question on Stack Overflow and got some helpful answers too.

I was looking for more information when I came across this: http://www.devcomments.com/q570548/What-first-class-citizen-function which had the same question as it is.

How did the question got copied?

It also links to the users who answered the question.

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marked as duplicate by Benjol, fretje, Pops, waiwai933, Jon Seigel Mar 5 '11 at 14:58

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Haha, devcomments: "Doing the same thing as StackOverflow, only worse, and slower" – Benjol Mar 3 '11 at 10:51
If you want to help push the copycat site out of the google search results, see this post. – Lauritz V. Thaulow Mar 3 '11 at 11:45
@lazyr Google doesn't use personnal blocklist to modify his global search result. The only thing it will affect is your own search result. – HoLyVieR Mar 5 '11 at 15:03

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Stack Overflow content is cc-wiki licensed, if you look very carefully at the very bottom of every page it says:

user contributions licensed under cc-wiki with attribution required

If you click on the associated link, it takes you to a blog post with the following detail:

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)
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