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Let's say I have this code. It has an issue, so I'm going to ask about it on Stackoverflow.

>>> print "Hello
SyntaxError: EOL while scanning string literal.

Them user comes along with the code for the solution to the issue.

>>> print "Hello"

Then let's say this code is part of a "big" project I've been working on. This project will eventually be published. Is it okay to use the improved/fixed code from the user who answered your question?

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  • Shouldn't this rather be on Meta Stack Overflow?
    – ale
    Jul 7 '14 at 21:15
  • @AlE I think this applies to most sites that are related to programming, not just Stackoverflow. For example, Codereveiw. Jul 7 '14 at 21:17
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    You should check out the legal link at the bottom of the site. Section 3 in particular deals with using other people's contributions to the site. Jul 7 '14 at 21:43
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Yes it is fine to use. The CC by SA licence explicitly allows commercial usage of code that has been posted.

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In fact common sense should prevail - if a user doesn't want their code used commercially by others then they shouldn't be posting it.

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    "Common sense should prevail" in matters of copyright law? That's optimistic :) Jul 7 '14 at 23:05

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