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DuckDuckGo directed me to a rip-off site “stackovernet.com” in first page result [duplicate]

Here is an example the rip-off is apparently monetizing through add (sometime even pr0n). Is this site already known and under investigation? Rip-off : https://gis.stackovernet.com/fr/q/9964 Original: ...
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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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I've found an exact copy of a Stack Exchange site answer without giving any credit, is that legal? [duplicate]

I was searching for answers for one of many daily issues we all normally have and found something quite odd. After finding this answer Stack Overflow, I've stumbled upon this one, which is an exact ...
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Why are quote-only answers not helpful?

There are many questions addressing link-only answers: Are answers that just contain links elsewhere really "good answers"? Why is linking bad? Can I copy content from third party sources ...
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How do I get my content on Stack Exchange licensed correctly or else removed?

I do not agree to my old content being relicensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 (it is not the same as 3.0). Stack Exchange is not the owner of my contributions and is not allowed to change the license without ...
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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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Am I allowed to upload Winter Bash-related content on personal sites?

As mentioned in this answer, Stack Exchange owns the copyright to all WB hats and WB-related content. However, I am wondering if I can upload images of hats onto a public-facing personal site to make ...
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How can I declare images I create to be in the “public domain” prior to uploading them to Stack Exchange?

Many images I upload are unimportant things like screenshots. I simply don't care about copyright, and want to be able to declare them in the public domain prior to uploading them to Stack Exchange. ...
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How is it possible that I own the copyright to my own content on SE, but I can't delete it?

It seems to me that SE holds contradictory positions: That the users own the copyright to their content That the users cannot remove their own content from the site That there is no 'consideration' ...
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Was the retroactive change to CC BY-SA 4.0 approved by Stack Exchange's lawyers?

Update: I have started a GoFundMe in an attempt to have a court or arbitrator settle this. It has raised a decent amount, but more will be necessary to retain counsel. On 2019-09-05, Stack Exchange ...
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Soft question: code of ethics of using answers in writing an academic paper

Do we have any code of ethics about using the answers in Stack Exchange for writing the academic paper? Situation 1. Someone is writing a paper, but stuck. He found several answers in the Stack ...
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Are we allowed according to the ToS to exempt a part of our post from the CC license?

tl;dr: Right now we are not allowed to quote outside sources (unless they are compatible with cc by-sa 4.0) or use images under fair use exceptions in our posts. Creative Commons provides guidance how ...
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Make it clear that you need to have the right to license any pictures under CC BY-SA

tl;dr: Right now we're not allowed to upload any images we don't own (fair use does not apply on this site, see the link). Let's make this a bit clearer in the image upload form. When you try to ...
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EU's article 13 will heavily censor the web. Should we do something?

Creative Commons is against article 13: It’s an extreme dragnet that will harm creativity and fundamental rights. Delete it. GitHub, Debian, LibreOffice, SUSE, KDE are against it. [It] ...
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Does Stack Exchange own the copyright of Winter Bash hats?

I see I can easily download the SVG files of Winter Bash hats from Stack Exchange. Can I use the hats somewhere else, even for commercial use, or are they copyrighted?
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Can I use the Stack Exchange markdown techniques in my own site?

When I develop a website, the client almost always requires me to give them edit privileges without referring back to me, i.e. they want to edit the site's content themselves. So, in such scenarios, I ...
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How to handle SO copycat fraud site? [duplicate]

I was just searching for a programming solution via duckduckgo and by clicking one of the top results I ended up on stackoverflowhot.com. This website is an exact copy of Stackoverflow.com and only ...
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What is the policy for DMCA takedowns, and what can we expect in terms of transparency regarding the removed content?

I've encountered this on Anime and Manga SE over a year ago, but figured that we haven't had a follow-up on that in a while, and it applies to more sites than just that one. Content on the network ...
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Does it violate copyright law if I include an image of a book page in a question? [duplicate]

When I read a (math or statistics) textbook, sometimes I do not understand some of the equations or proofs in the book. Is it OK to take a picture of the page in the book (or ebook) that has the ...
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How much of Stack Exchange can be replicated by other sites?

I just found Am I allowed to make a Stack Overflow clone? which answers most of my question below (yes, look & feel (or method of operation) is not copyrightable). However, I don't know where the ...
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How would the proposed “Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market” Article 13 affect Stack Exchange? [duplicate]

Under the proposed (and looking likely to pass) new copyright directive of the EU, any content hosters on the Internet would be fully liable for any copyright infringement committed on their services ...
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Since when did SE stop uploading DMCA takedown notices to Lumen Database?

There was an answer that was removed from Stack Overflow due to a DMCA takedown notice. According to the comments there, the complaint was not published to Lumen Database (formerly called Chilling ...
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EU copyright laws (2018-2019). Any risk for Stack Exchange?

The European Parliament JURI committee will be voting on 20th June 2018 on reforms of the EU copyright laws (full law proposal). According to a Creative Commons article titled 'Act now to stop the EU’...
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What is the license on SE's legal documents?

I know the SE site/design is copyrighted and the user content has a "attribution required" sharing license: But what is the license for SE's legal text? https://stackexchange.com/legal/terms-of-...
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Is my copyrighted artwork protected if I upload it to a post?

Note this is not a question about using copyrighted material I do not own. It's about materials I own and have all rights to. A question on GraphicDesign.SE has spurred some comments regarding image ...
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Do images have to be quoted to meet CC BY-SA 3.0?

So I have this Aviation.SE question about an XKCD comic. I included the image, as well as a proper link back to the XKCD site (a similar question does the same). I've had a user attempt multiple ...
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What happened to the notice of posting under Creative Commons licensing?

As I post this question there is no notice that my content is being released under Creative Commons licensing. It looks like previously there have been modfications to it Are the SE additions to the ...
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How does Stack Exchange deal with copies with translation? [duplicate]

There're a lot of Chinese websites that copies virtually all contents from Stack Overflow and translate them into Chinese (with machine translation of course, because they're of really a low ...
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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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Does the license given to stackexchange forbid the “additional terms”, terminate the license, making it useless? [closed]

The term of service of stackoverflow add "additonal terms" to creative commons license. In this question Are the SE additions to the Creative Commons attribution requirements enforceable? the answer ...
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Who is responsible for DMCA takedown counterclaims on authorless / disassociated / CW posts?

The TOS states that users are responsible for filing DMCA takedown counterclaims, and gives guidance: A subscriber who believes they are the wrongful subject of a copyright takedown notice may file ...
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Posting paid plugin code on Stack Overflow

We bought a plugin for our site. In one of the plugin folders, we saw a PDF regarding copyright. That document mentions this: Any unauthorized copying, renting, leasing, sublicensing, pledging, ...
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Do Stack Exchange sites allow to include copyright/license in code snippets?

Suppose we see an answer with a code snippet like this: // Copyright (c) 2017, <some guy's name and email> // // Permission to use, copy, modify, and/or distribute this software for any // ...
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Is it illegal to quote the C++ Standard Draft? [duplicate]

I recently edited an answer from another StackOverflow user in order to clarify some parts it by adding some quotes from the C++14 Standard Working Draft (N4296) - the user however rolled back my edit ...
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Giving an answer, which is an exact copy (a duplicate) of my own blog article

Can I use, as an answer, an exact duplicate of an article from my own blog, when I authored 100% text of that article and all possible modifications (because I'm the only author publishing on that ...
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What to do what the best and only possible answer is a plain offsite link?

Recently I came across a question that in order to answer accurately would have required using a substantial amount of technical information which is copyrighted. There is an official website for such ...
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Is that right to share screenshot from MDN documentation?

While answering it would be better to share browser compatibility details taken from MDN documentation. Is it OK to take a screenshot from MDN (Mozilla Developer Network) and share somewhere else, e.g....
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Can I use a Spoof/Parody version of the StackOverflow logo?

So I've been looking around the communities Meta StackOverflow and Meta StackExchange, but wasn't able to find something that I think directly answers my concern. I've made a simple design that is ...
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Is this image fair-use, what should be done about it?

I've seen a few comments asking to change images on answers because of copyright issues. I'm wondering what the response to this should be. This answer uses a single image from this page illustrate ...
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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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Does shimosh.com violate “attribution required”? [duplicate]

I was googling about Perl 6 regex, realising I previously asked a question about this, and in the google results, with the same page title I found: http://www.simosh.com/article/dfaceeij-quantifier-...
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What is our stance on the use of copyrighted photos as profile pictures? [duplicate]

I asked this question on Aviation.Meta, but it has not gotten much attention so I am posting here a modified version of it. Scenario: A person joins a SE Community, and puts up or uploads a photo for,...
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Is “About me” portion of my profile licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0?

I recently read this comment, which is quoted below (without its inline links): @Robotnik, here's your profile page, which contains information that you, as a user of the Stack Exchange service, ...
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Which SE allows questions about YouTube copyright issues?

So the audio got muted on a video of mine on YouTube. This video previously contained a copyrighted audio track. Due to a claim by a copyright holder, the audio track has been muted. Your video ...
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Use of content that may have been deleted for copyright reasons

This question asks about the use* of content which was deleted from StackExchange sites. I wondered, what if the content was deleted because it violated somebody else's copyright, and that copyright ...
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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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Are these eBooks that copy from SE illegal?

So, this guy has made a bunch of eBooks based on Stack Exchange content. Making books of SE stuff is okay, but two rules need to be followed: Attribution License the work under CC-BY-SA as well This ...
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A small suggestion regarding licensing

As discussed under this comment thread, we would not be able to include works under fair use in our posts. This is because (from the current TOS): You agree that all Subscriber Content that You ...
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Will we be able to reference code from before the license change in new posts?

When we change the license on our codes from CC BY-SA 3.0 to the MIT license, will we be able to copy and reference code from old posts in new posts, or will we only be allowed to provide links to old ...
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Why separate code and non-code licensing?

The rationale for the license change proposals is at least somewhat clear: i.e. to reduce legal concerns of using code from answers in software that may use incompatible licenses. However, what seems ...