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The aspect of attribution in the context of the license used by Stack Exchange, CC BY-SA 4.0 - https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/

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What will be the actual impact of SE's "socially responsible AI" policy?

When the company announced the partnerships with Google and OpenAI they made a big deal out of their commitment to "socially responsible AI" (see this blog post for details). A big part of ...
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I want to use content from a Stack Overflow / Stack Exchange question and answer. How do I comply with the Attribution requirements?

One of the requirements of the CC BY-SA license used for content on the Network is Attribution. What does proper attribution look like for questions and answers found on the Network?
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Enhancement Request: Attribution Block Markdown

Over at Worldbuilding we constantly bring images and quotes in from outside sources. I suspect other Stacks do that a lot, too. When it comes to images, charts, and graphs, we want people to properly ...
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How is removing the user's name from their post compatible with copyright? [duplicate]

So it was explained to me that if a user is removed, regardless of the Stack Exchange site, the name will also be removed from all of their posts. It is completely unimportant at this point why the ...
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Who is the original artist of the comic on the blog post "Do large language models know what they are talking about?"

The blog post Do large language models know what they are talking about? has the comic: A: It is time to learn about magic circles. B: ugh, why is it so complex? ... What does this symbol in the ...
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How do we make sure that contributors get the credit and attribution they deserve when their work is used for training AI models?

I have read the blog post about Community is the future of AI and I could not find any serious answer to this question. Here is the way I see it: The knowledge in Stack Exchange (and Stack Overflow in ...
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How far do we need to go with unattributed images? [duplicate]

The CC licensing requires attribution for any content that isn't your own, including images. People often post unattributed clarifying images copied from somewhere else. It is clear from the post that ...
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YouTube channel scraping Q&A from Stack Exchange [duplicate]

There is this horrible YouTube channel scraping Q&A from Stack Exchange without attribution to the author of either question or answers, and no links to the original post. Stack Exchange licenses ...
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What is the proper way to attribute Large Language Models (such as GPT-3) when posting on Stack Exchange?

This is a follow up to Is attribution required for machine-generated text when posting on Stack Exchange? What is the proper way to attribute Large Language Models (such as GPT-3) when posting on ...
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Is attribution required when using LLMs to improve the grammar/formatting of a post?

Let's say a user has posted a question/answer with the following content. The English is slightly convoluted but it's good content otherwise: On enormous territory of park there are lakes, rivers, ...
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Is attribution required for machine-generated text when posting on Stack Exchange?

Setting aside the issues with spam and other illegitimate uses, is it necessary to provide attribution to works generated entirely by a machine? The US Copyright office states that such works are not ...
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Form to request erasure under GDPR doesn't indicate that attribution will be removed from all posts, a possible license violation

It's long been the case that when a user requests their account be deleted, all of their contributions are dissociated from their name. This would ordinarily be considered a violation of the CC BY-SA ...
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How can one handle copyrighted content when asking questions on SE platforms?

All the content in Stack Overflow and other Stack Exchange (even this question) is under Creative Commons BY-SA, with the license version dependent on the date it was published. If you are asking ...
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Are questions that have answers on other websites OK on Stack Overflow? [closed]

Following a comment I received on this: Are questions that have answers on other websites OK on Stack Overflow? For example, questions that have answers on the Pytorch forums, such as this one. ...
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If a user copies content from another SO post into his own post verbatim, is the attribution required according to the license?

Backstory: We recently had a situation on ru.SO, where a new user had posted 22 answers in 2 hours, 17 of which were copy-pasted from comments under the corresponding questions. Most of them were ...
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Just to clarify the attribution requirements

When a question or answer was posted under one license (e.g. CC BY-SA 3.0), and edited under a different license (e.g. CC BY-SA 4.0), who should be credited as the "author" for attribution ...
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Stack Exchange copyright - where should we give attribution?

I know that code from the Stack Exchange sites is licensed under Creative Commons BY-SA. So if I use code from Stack Exchange sites, attribution is required (as mentioned in this article). How ...
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Edit marked as rejected by Community, but actually rolled into someone else's [duplicate]

I suggested this edit, which was rejected by the Community user due to an edit conflict. However, when I looked at the post, I saw my edit there anyway. Looking at the revision history, it appears ...
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Send a follow-up email when a user reports that some Stack Exchange content is plagiarised by another website

I reported a website (Quora) copying a significant amount of Stack Exchange content via https://meta.stackexchange.com/contact and got the following response from the Stack Overflow support team via ...
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Reusing an answer's image after editing in another post on a different Stack Exchange site?

I would like to download an image from this answer on Blender Stack Exchange (linking to imgur), edit it and use it in a post on another site of Stack Exchange in a question. (Basically I want ...
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Does a third party deleting an account that still has posts violate CC BY-SA 4.0?

According to Section 3(a)(1)(A) of the Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license, you need to retain the name of the creator when sharing licensed material. If You Share the Licensed Material (...
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Apply license on data used from answers on Stack Exchange sites [duplicate]

I have used some answers from Stack Exchange sites, with desire to republish it. I have prepared some work (something similar to blogpost) from answers of different 3-4 users. How can I properly apply ...
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Copying (partially) tag wiki from one site to another. Attribution and best practices?

I found a great tag excerpt and tag wiki in one Stack Exchange community (say, Stack Overflow). In another community (say, Computational Science), we have the same tag with totally missing usage info. ...
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Automatically add attribution when uploading an image from a link

Users (including me) often forget to add attribution when uploading/linking an information. I'm not sure if it's 99% as this feature request claims, but it certainly happens less than half of the time....
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Regarding ownership of computer program source-code shared in an answer on a Stack Exchange site

I have active accounts on various Stack Exchange sites falling under Technology domain. Due to the nature of the domain, often the posted answers in part or whole, requires me to to write some form of ...
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Do the referencing guidelines apply to images as well as text?

I was having a discussion with a user who included an image in their post without indicating the source. My understanding is that any content that is not the work of the author needs to be attributed,...
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Can I get Correct SE attribution from Data Explorer

I'd like to get titles (only) from various SE sites for my writer's prompts website. I cannot see how to use SE Data Explorer queries to get the required information. From the Attribution page I see ...
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Does archival interfere with attribution removal?

There was a question asking about CC BY-SA 3.0's requirement to remove attribute on request. It was brought up that automatic archives may still preserve historical information, including attribution ...
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Is it rude to say "stolen from here"?

When I'm answering a question (not a duplicate one), I often copy-paste some contents from another answer and also provide the link to that answer. I think adding the link itself contradicts stealing, ...
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Can I accept a self-answer with content from outside Stack Exchange?

Here is my motivation: How to convert estimated precision to variance?. On the one hand, the provided answer is perfect in my opinion and could be accepted, but on the other hand it is not actually my ...
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Can I claim on my blog that I wrote the SE answer, although the linked email accounts are different?

I want to reproduce the content of my SE answer on my blog elsewhere. I will follow the two rules of attribution and license linking. On my blog, I also want to mention that I wrote the answer, by ...
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How to attribute images in questions and answers?

When a question uses an image without attribution, and the source is not germane to the question or answer except insofar as proper attribution, what is the best way to attribute the image? In an edit ...
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Is a refusal to disassociate deleted posts in compliance with the CC BY-SA license? [closed]

I asked Stack Exchange staff to remove attribution on some of my deleted answers. They suggested I delete my account to remove attribution. I have asked them if they will restore attribution on other ...
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Does the license given to Stack Exchange forbid the "additional terms", terminate the license, making it useless? [closed]

The term of service of Stack Overflow add "additional terms" to creative commons license. In question Are the SE additions to the Creative Commons attribution requirements enforceable? the ...
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What are the attribution requirements for using Stack Overflow code provided by users before 2016 for non-money-making purposes?

Back in 2015 I posted a question in Stack Overflow, asking how to accomplish something in JavaScript. A few people replied, and in the end, I used a line or two from two or three replies. And after I ...
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Can I give attribution to authors only once after it was properly given or from a profile link in a page?

I read the attribution instruction here : https://stackoverflow.blog/2009/06/attribution-required/ And they are pretty clear. However I still have a question! - Repetitive Attribution Say, that I ...
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Permission to publish a figure from a Stack Exchange site

The figure I want to publish in my book is on this address which I have found in @thomij's answer on Chemistry Stack Exchange: Difference between shells, subshells and orbitals. But I couldn't find ...
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Proper attribution of Stack Exchange content in a printed publication

All user content on Stack Exchange is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike, which means anyone can reproduce the content as long as proper attribution is given and it is also ...
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Editors aren't attributed on answers

The new post attribution works similar to the website with OP attributed first and the most recent editor attributed adjacent to that. This works as expected on questions but answers are missing any ...
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After question is closed expose close votes distinguished by reason in the timeline page

Suggest to expose close votes distinguished by reason in question timeline page after question is closed. Purpose of this feature is to help in discussing cases of closure when knowing vote split ...
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How does Stack Exchange identifies another website outranking them on Google?

According to the stackexchange scraper policy you shouldn't report sites that: They follow all the attribution requirements, and don't outrank us on Google I've been thinking several ways to use ...
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Saw a website scraping contents of SharePoint Stack Exchange [duplicate]

I just stumbled upon this website: http://meta.sharepoint.readquestion.com/ And this site has scrapped almost all the contents of SharePoint Meta and it comes on Google Search as well. Is this ...
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Usage and attribution of SE tags in third party apps

Are API users allowed to persist the tags queried over the SE API (/tags) and if so, how should the attribution look like and where should it be placed (imprint, or in the footer of every page that ...
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Is it okay to use DMCA takedown notices to remove my content from SCRAPER sites?

I've (okay, it wasn't entirely me) found yet another SCRAPER site, and have reported it to Stack Exchange through the standard route. This scraper is somewhat exceptional in that it's scraping a ...
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How, and why, did the code in my question end up in Pastebin?

I recently posted a question in Mathematica SE, Can a package append its context to $DistributedContexts?. Out of idle curiosity I then googled for some of the code in the question, and I was very ...
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When SE unilaterally alters an author's name to "user123xxx", isn't it breaching its licence?

A user recently left English.SE in dissatisfaction with other users' behaviour, and he asked SE to delete both his English.SE account and all of the work he had posted to that subsite. But while SE ...
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Why is there no citation feature? [duplicate]

There are some questions about how content, especially source code, on Stack Overflow is licensed and how it should be attributed (see below). There is even a Stack Overflow blog post about how to ...
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Does Stack Exchange take any measures against sites violating our license? [duplicate]

I updated an answer of mine with an improved solution: Does PostgreSQL support "accent insensitive" collations? I hit Google to find related answers that might be outdated now, just to ...
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What sort of attribution should Stack Exchange members expect for their work?

I've been thinking about the feedback over code licensing, and it seems like there's a significant gap in thinking between two portions of the user base - one that wants attribution, and one that ...
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Add an indicator for the license to code blocks and a tool to copy code with the proper attribution

I think it is a fair assumption that a large number of people using Stack Overflow and other programming SE sites don't understand or don't even think about the implications of the license when using ...
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