I run a blog with a friend of mine on Digital Easter Eggs, and I wanted to document some of the Easter Eggs all over the site. Since it is possible that I might take screenshots of the same, I wanted to know:

What are the restrictions on taking screenshots from Stack Exchange that I want to post on my blog?

For reference, you can visit my blog. (Disclaimer: The link to my blog is only to be used as a reference. I have no intentions of spamming.)

  • What is Digital Easter Eggs? Presumably a web service provider of some kind (not very search friendly). Or do you mean digital Easter eggs ("a blog with a friend of mine *about digital Easter eggs") (though "a blog on" may be acceptable)? Can you clarify? Jun 7, 2021 at 11:36
  • @P.Mort.-forgotClayShirky_q, see - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_egg_(media) Jun 7, 2021 at 11:38
  • @P.Mort.-forgotClayShirky_q see also - meta.stackexchange.com/questions/75861/… Jun 7, 2021 at 11:39
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    @InfinityMilestone I think that P.Mort's point was that because you capitalized the first letters of "Digital Easer Eggs", it looks like a brand name or something like that. If it's not, then the correct way to write this (according to him; he's the expert :D) is "digital Easter eggs".
    – 41686d6564
    Jun 7, 2021 at 11:50
  • @41686d6564, you're right. (P.Mort is correct too). Jun 7, 2021 at 11:58
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    A note about any possible answer/comment here (unless coming directly from an SE legal department or similar): whatever you do, please do not treat any response shere as legal advice. If you are concerned that your blog might violate the ToS rules, apart from considering suggestions here, please consult a lawyer and, possibly, SE itself via the "contact us" link. Jun 7, 2021 at 16:01
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    @OlegValter, will keep that in mind. Thanks! Jun 8, 2021 at 1:04

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What are the restrictions on taking screenshots from Stack Exchange that I want to post on my blog?

The Terms of Service have a complete section about it (6. Content Permissions, Restrictions, and Creative Commons Licensing). In short, the TOS states that the content provided by the users is available under the CC BY-SA license and all the rest of the page is owned by Stack Overflow Inc. and may not be copied except for personal, non-commercial use and no derived works may be created.

It could be argued that a screenshot is a derived work, so then you would not be able to use a screenshot, unless

  • you have (written) permission from Stack Overflow Inc. to use their copyrighted material in that way. Or...
  • your creation and usage of the screenshot fall under permissible use under copyright law (e.g. fair use).

Besides that, you need to comply with the terms of the CC BY-SA license with regard to the displayed user content.

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