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What aspects of Stack Exchange are copyrighted in the case of a fork?

Here's a hypothetical scenario. Say that the Stack Exchange management does something that the community thinks is so counter to their core values, that a large majority decides to set up a new ...
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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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YouTube Channels Stealing SE Network Content

Although this has been reported before (1, 2), and the current canonical guidance for how to approach sites or scrapers copying SE content is also available, I wanted to share information that I have ...
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Someone copy-pasted my Database Administrators Stack Exchange site question on YouTube [duplicate]

I asked a question on the Database Administrators Stack Exchange site a few days back: MySQL 8 query doesn't prefer index with higher cardinality Today, I randomly found this video on YouTube. ...
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Questions and answers containing copyrighted images

What is the official policy on questions and answers with embedded copyrighted photos? Does the fair use doctrine apply? Is there a difference between high-res "commercial" photos (like &...
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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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Posts deleted as result of a DMCA Takedown Request still visible via suggested edits

I got access to this question which got taken down due to a DMCA request. screenshot for <10k users: Now, in the timeline, we can see a suggested edit: screenshot for <10k users: If we click ...
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Are Stack Exchange blog articles also under Creative Common license?

Recently I stumbled on the site of an IT company that replicated the entire article "Do large language models know what they are talking about?" with attribution. For basic content on 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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Will SE tell us if they sell our content?

So, the CEO of Stack Exchange has been quoted in a news article saying that they plan to sell the content of the SE network to large companies training neural networks like the one used for ChatGPT. ...
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Please update /help/referencing on all sites to reflect the Stack Exchange policy that machine-generated text requires attribution

On December 12, 2022, animuson clarified that the rules surrounding plagarism on the Stack Exchange Network apply to all content not created by the poster, even if the work is otherwise not ...
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Who owns the copyright of translation files for internationalized sites?

The translation work of international sites is based on the translation file published in Transifex. Many people have contributed to the translation of these files. (Currently working via Traducir) ...
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This YouTube channel is creating videos based on SO questions. Is this ok? [duplicate]

Check out this channel: Each of these videos shows a woman presenting a problem. It's the same generic opening and closing each time ...
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How to give attribution when using the same code on multiple webpages [closed]

I am very new to the Stack Overflow community. I noticed that there are several excellent answers here that can help me to build a website. I am a little bit aware of the License CC BY-SA 4.0 applied ...
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How does this site avoid copyright infringement?

Once in a while I see the Worldbuilding site. But if answers from this site literally become integrated into books, games, movies, apps and so on, how does the user of the answer avoid any claim to ...
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Can I show a hand-crafted flair-like widget on my website?

Can I show the following on my personal website/blog? The white icon on the blue background is taken from fontawesome, so I guess it's ok I use it. Clicking on it redirects to my account, whereas ...
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Can I make a YouTube video adapting Stack Overflow content?

There are many interesting questions on Stack Overflow, that have many good answers and many good comments. I want to make an animated YouTube video about a question and some answers to help visual ...
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Proof of DMCA Violation? [duplicate]

The following StackOverflow post was just hidden because of a supposed DMCA takedown request: I find ...
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Would Stack Exchange take action against posting copyrighted material? (considered fair use)

I just want to make sure that I don't get in trouble with Stack Exchange for posting this image. I have written a paper that is a specific rebuttal to the proof contained in the image. I didn't even ...
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Site footer copyright scope and meaning

The footer on every page (except chat) says: site design / logo © 2021 Stack Exchange Inc; user contributions licensed under cc by-sa. rev 2021.5.28.39383 Does this mean only the site design and ...
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Can I reuse and republish code snippets from Stack Exchange sites under a new license?

I want to start a project, Scheme Cookbook, with a better license because an old cookbook, that is no longer available online, was licensed under LGPL, which requires the inclusion of the license with ...
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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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DuckDuckGo directed me to a rip-off site "" 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 : 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 This website is an exact copy of 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?
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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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