There is one thing I want to clarify here. Who owns the copyright for these translation files?
The possibilities I can think of are:
- Stack Exchange Inc
- Stack Exchange Inc and users who contributed translations
Note: This question is not about licensing. There are copyright owners no matter what license the translation file has, or if it is not licensed at all.
Consider the activity in the repository at GitHub/StackExchange. The copyright owner and license are specified for each repository.
This question is not a duplicate of the following questions.
Posts on the Stack Overflow Network are owned by the poster, as explained in the Terms of Service under "Subscriber Content." And the copyright owners (poster and editors) are displayed on each of the Stack Overflow Network sites. I understand that.
But the translation files are different from those posts. It is distributed outside of the Stack Overflow Network and is undergoing translation work. Stack Overflow's Terms of Service do not automatically apply to these. Contributors are not listed within the Stack Overflow Network sites. Just like contributions on GitHub/StackExchange are different from posts on StackOverflow.
To who are translations licensed in Stack Exchange international sites that are submitted by community users?
These are separate concepts.
- People who worked (authors, contributors)
- Copyright owner
Unlike the question marked as duplicate, this meta-question only asks about copyright owners.