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I wonder if Stack Overflow use of Google+ is against Google+ button policy:

For buttons that may be rendered by the Publisher, such as the Sharing link, the Publisher must use only the official Google-provided icon or a plain text and link combination.

The Google+ share icon used on Stack Overflow is not a Google-provided one.

I'm going to do something similar on my site, but I need to make sure it is legal.

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    It's not a question of legality, but of contract/license violatoin.
    – Flimzy
    Jun 5, 2012 at 19:45
  • This seems to be one of those things that no one cares about honestly...I've seen untold dozens of sites custom style facebook, Twitter and G+ icons. I'm not saying it's right from an IP/contract perspective, but...it's only sensible.
    – Ben Brocka
    Jun 5, 2012 at 19:49
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    If you're looking for a legal answer for something you're contemplating doing on your own site, this is not the right place.
    – Laura
    Jun 6, 2012 at 13:49
  • Closed awaiting clarification - we can probably explain how/why we implement these links, but can't give you legal advice.
    – Shog9
    Jun 6, 2012 at 18:43

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