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Do I have to worry about copyright issues for code posted on Stack Overflow?

I was wondering about the copyright of code snippets from answers. Let's say you ask a question and the solution consists of ten lines of code, which are given in an answer. Are there any restrictions ...
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Can I use code from a stackoverflow answer in a GPL licensed project? [duplicate]

I'd like to use code from an answer on stackoverflow in a GPLv3 project I'm developing. Is this allowed, as long as I state the original source (URL + username) in the docstring of the function I want ...
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What (if any) is the license for code listed on Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is up with the source code license on Stack Overflow? There is a wealth of code snippets (some quite large) on Stack Overflow. Looking around I don't see an inherent ...
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Is code posted on stack overflow open source? [duplicate]

I am an iOS Developer and I would like to know if I could use the code found here or the solutions to the problems that users had had in my COMMERCIAL applications freely. Could I do that?
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The MIT License – Clarity on Using Code on Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange

Update (Dec. 22, 2015): Thanks, everyone, for your feedback to this proposal. We're going to digest this one over the holidays and should have a follow-up announcement answering your questions and ...
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I'm worried about Stack Overflow content licensing [duplicate]

Strongly related: Do I have to worry about copyright issues for code posted on Stack Overflow? It appears that all the submitted content on Stack Overflow is licensed under the Creative Commons (CC) ...
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By posting a selection of previously written text here, are we waiving our copyrights to the excerpt?

Posts on Stack Exchange sites have a Creative Commons license applied. However, on Writers, people will post snippets of their own writing for critique purposes. Does that mean that if I post a ...
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Re-using ideas or small pieces of code from stackoverflow.com

I have reviewed/read this page: http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2009/06/attribution-required/ Which is linked from the bottom of every stackoverflow.com page. How does it work when I want to use a ...
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Is using Stack Overflow at work cheating? [closed]

I don't currently have a job, but, out of curiosity, do you think that using Stack Overflow is cheating? Is it somehow plagiarizing someone else's code? By asking a question, are you somehow ...
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Using code posted on StackOverflow

I was wondering what kind of restrictions there are, if any, for code posted on StackOverflow? In other words, I'm hoping StackOverflow has a clause that makes any posted code completely free of ...
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What is the license on Stack Overflow Questions and Answers?

If I want to copy a method from Stack Overflow, I usually put the name of the author and the link in a comment above it. I'm just wondering if there's any license in effect for all the code put in ...
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Is Stack Overflow's use of Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike (cc-wiki) viral?

The Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license that all Stack Overflow contributions are licensed under states: Share Alike — If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may ...
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Propose license choice checkbox between CC BY-SA and CC BY

Questions have been asked about this, and possible solutions discussed, but I can't find an actual feature proposal. Software licensing is a big deal, and when I post to stack overflow, I as the ...
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How can we avoid the pitfalls of CreativeCommons in code snippets?

Creative Commons is a great license for a wiki, but it's not a good software license at all. Is it the case that all code snippets are under the same license as the rest of the text? I commonly say "...
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Is This Code License Compatible with StackExchange? [closed]

I want to ask a question on Stack Overflow but before I post code, I want to make sure the license I want to use (which is similar to many Open Source licenses) is compatible with Stack Exchange sites....

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