Questions tagged [creative-commons]

The Creative Commons license allows the distribution of copyrighted works. Use this tag for questions on how the Stack Exchange network makes use of the CC-license.

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Are the private-beta sites also under Creative Common license?

The SE questions/answers are under the CC BY-SA license (ref). Does it also include the beta sites that are still in the private stage? --> If yes, isn't there a contradiction between this license ...
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What happens to the content of a SE site that has been closed?

The SE questions/answers are under the CC BY-SA license (ref). When a beta site does not make it and is closed, what happens to its content? Is it lost forever or is there a way to access the CC BY-SA ...
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Can I make a YouTube video about SO content?

There are many interesting SO questions 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 learners better ...
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Why does my comment show 41 "license: CC by SA 4.0"? Are all comments protected under copyright?

Why does my comment show this? 41 license: CC by SA 4.0 Are all comments protected under "creative commons" copyright? What does 41 mean? Why not 1 license - why 41?
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Use the localized SE site's language for links to the Creative Commons' licensing pages

Any post timeline contains a link to the Creative Commons' license pages. For modern posts, it is https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/. As far as I see, there are many different languages ...
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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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Do users have right to not allow redistribution of their posts?

In my understanding, the CC BY-SA 4.0 license allows me to redistribute any material posted in Stack Exchange, as long as I put a link back to the original post. Does that mean a user has a right to ...
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Is moving self-answers in questions into separate answers under the Community user valid under CC BY-SA?

Prompted by my question at How best to deal with self-answers edited into questions? which was somewhat answered with a link to What to do when OP answers his/her own question in an edit?, which then ...
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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 Data Dumps still indicating old attribution requirements

The Stack Exchange Data Dumps still contain wording mandating that attribution be given in specific ways, going beyond the Creative Commons licensing requirements: Specifically the 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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Does the dual license in the pre-2018 Terms of Service allow SE to permit others to redistribute subscriber content outside of CC BY-SA?

I was reading around the topic of the precise details of subscriber-content licensing on SE, and I found (and read more carefully than the previous times I'd seen it) this thread on FOSS.SE from 2017, ...
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Is it OK to license content under "the latest version of CC BY-SA at the time being"?

So... we've all seen the recent chaos caused by the license change from CC 3.0 to CC 4.0, and it's foreseeable that a similar disaster will occur when changing again to a future version of CC (4.1 or ...
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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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The mobile version of the website does not show the license along with the contributions

The contributors license their work with a creative commons license and more specifically "cc by-sa". This means that the if anybody, e.g. SE, wants to use the work of a contributor then they need to ...
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SEDE help page still links to version 3.0 of Creative Commons license

Related to the post : SEDE footer still links to version 3.0 of Creative Commons license. In the Stack Exchange Data Explorer help page, currently the Creative Commons license is referred with ...
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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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License violation [duplicate]

The CC BY-CA 4.0 states Section 3 – License Conditions. Your exercise of the Licensed Rights is expressly made subject to the following conditions. a. Attribution. If You Share ...
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What gives SE the legal right, under the CC-BY-SA license, to modify user profiles without indicating that the content has changed?

The Terms of Service clearly indicated that all content that you provide to SO Inc is licensed under CC-BY-SA, and that would include your About Me section of your user profile, which SO Inc is ...
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As a workaround to Imgur being blocked, is there a image hosting site which allows URL uploads and does not violate CC BY-SA 4.0 copyright?

Imgur is blocked in China (and probably in some other countries as well as many workplaces and educational institutions). This is annoying for Chinese users and Chinese.SE in particular. Workaround: ...
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SEDE footer still links to version 3.0 of Creative Commons license

According to Stack Exchange and Stack Overflow have moved to CC BY-SA 4.0, subscriber content is now licensed under version 4.0 of the Creative Commons license. The change is reflected in the footer ...
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Why do people object to the license change so strongly despite having preference towards the proposed new license (CC 4)?

I noticed that many are happy to have their content (questions and answers) published under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license, which was proposed recently, but received a great backlash. The last time ...
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Can one take the entire Q&A base and move it to a new site?

In the light of all recent moderators and experienced users quitting, I was wondering if anyone is allowed to take the entire Q&A set of a site, and move it to a new site, with new rules? I think ...
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Has anyone sued SE for changing licensing? [closed]

There seems to be a lot of current drama flowing from the post Stack Exchange and Stack Overflow are moving to CC BY-SA 4.0 and related activities. It seems like some authors who published under 3.0 ...
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Will concerns regarding the move to CC BY-SA 4.0 elicit any further dialogue from Stack Exchange, Inc.?

Fifteen days ago, it was suddenly announced that the user-contributed content on Stack Exchange had been relicensed as CC BY SA 4.0. The change took immediate and retroactive effect and is still in ...
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Stack Exchange and Stack Overflow have moved to CC BY-SA 4.0

Effective today, all Subscriber Content on Stack Overflow and the Stack Exchange network will be available under the terms of version 4.0 of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA) ...
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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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When and how to give attribution to code snippets from Stack Overflow

I want to understand when do I need to give attribution to code snippets from Stack Overflow. Do I need to give attribution when I use code snippets in a blog post (by a blog post I mean a tutorial) ...
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Is content on SE licensed under CC-BY-SA v3 or v4 now? [duplicate]

The footer on the website says CC-BY-SA 3.0: However the terms and conditions page link to CC-BY-SA 4.0: So which one is it now officially? V3 or V4?
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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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When adding image from Wikimedia Commons, automatically add author/license/link

Many Stack Exchange questions and answers embed images from Wikimedia Commons. It is probably the most used image source here. Good news Thanks to their license, all images from Wikimedia Commons can ...
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The TOS and footer refer to different CC BY-SA license versions [duplicate]

As previously reported, the TOS links to version 4, but the footer and Help Centre to version 3. The TOS should I think say the version number in the text as well, rather than only in the link. In ...
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Can the "attribution required" link please be removed from the footer and help page?

The footer of all SE sites links to a blog post called Attribution Required. It is also linked to in the Help Centre. As has been covered previously, this so-called requirement to give attribution in ...
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Is it legal for Stack Exchange to decline post dissociation requests on non-deleted posts?

Note: Not a duplicate of Is a refusal to disassociate deleted posts in compliance with the CC BY-SA license?. As its title says, that question has to do with the case where the post involved was ...
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Does Amazon Alexa use Stack Exchange content, and if so, is it done legally?

According to the Stack Exchange content license (CC-BY-SA), uses of content on Stack Exchange sites must be properly attributed. However, I have noticed Amazon Alexa (accessed using an Echo device) ...
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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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What licence is subscriber content provided under 4.0, 3.0 or them all?

In the footer it says: site design / logo © 2018 Stack Exchange Inc; user contributions licensed under cc by-sa 3.0 with attribution required. rev 2018.8.7.31273 However, in the footer under ...
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Related questions under Creative Commons?

Stack Exchange releases its user-generated content in a data dump under a Creative Commons license—this is an incredible resource for researchers like myself, and as far as I know no other site has ...
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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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Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike and licences information on delivery

is it sufficient to add the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike Attributions inside the source code or should it be also added inside a separate licensing file on delivery. E.g. I create a ...
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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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Disable or reword comment editing by moderators?

The way comments are currently implemented a moderator edit of a third person comment constitutes an infringement of the CC-BY-SA 3.0 license under which such comment was published. In particular ...
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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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What about the "share-alike" when citing SE in publications?

A lot has been discussed about citations in general, especially attribution. My concern is more with the "share-alike". It is answered here that SE considers the "share-alike" doesn't apply to code. ...
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