I looked through all of these pages recently concerning copyright:

I came away with some thoughts.

I believe that the legal section (link 1) is not a good way to reach out to questioning users. In my opinion, the best way to satisfy questioning users is to get them the right information, as easily, quickly, and accurately as possible. The number of copyright-related questions here shows that there is a lack of easily accessible information- and so, the users have asked questions. Which is good. I'm glad that they found their answers.

However, the issue is that I am not a lawyer. It appears that other users aren't either, which is why they have asked these questions.

What I propose is an FAQ entry that describes techniques and questions that people may have about legal issues, that can be understood by a layman. This (hopefully) would be easily accessible so people can get a better understanding of how the licensing works on SE.

Example question:

If I develop an app and submit parts of the code onto an SE site, can I release it as my own anymore?

Example answer:

...well, you can read the fourth link.

Point is, this took a lot of hunting and searching to find answers, which I think isn't necessary. So maybe putting layman's legalese on the FAQ is a good idea.

  • Why don't we just put the faq tag on this one?
    – user102937
    Commented Aug 20, 2013 at 22:31
  • Let's! This is why I asked this :)
    – Blue Ice
    Commented Aug 21, 2013 at 0:56


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