Questions tagged [legal]

Questions about the legal aspects of Stack Exchange sites, such as the terms of service, using content and/or code-snippets, attribution, copyrights, patents, using trademarks, etc.

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How does legal@ work?

Some users have already complained on Meta.SE that they didn't receive answers on legal issues. I also sent two messages to legal (at) stackoverflow (dot) com from different emails last month, but ...
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Merge the Code of Conduct and Terms of Service

There has been a lot of recent discussion over the Stack Exchange Code of Conduct - what it means, why it says what it does, and what it does and does not forbid. There is an additional document that ...
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Can we post links to Monica's GoFundMe page again now that donations to it are closed and she's reached an agreement with SE?

In mid-November, SE began removing links to Monica Cellio's GoFundMe campaign, under the direction of their legal team. However, today, the campaign has been closed and is no longer accepting ...
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How can I submit a GDPR request (e.g. delete account, rectify data, etc)?

The GDPR gives us some rights, e.g. the right to be forgotten or to have one's data rectified. I submit this question and my answer, such that what I found might be easier for others to access. E.g. ...
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Who pays the fees to JAMS Inc. (US$250) for mandatory arbitration?

Update: It looks like I was mistaken about the fees. The fee is $250 for "consumers" instead of $1,500 as I previously stated (which came from "two-party matters, the Filing Fee is $1,500"), and it ...
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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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What exactly does “links to a legal fund campaign” mean?

I understand that links to a certain legal fund campaign will be removed. My user name had again been changed without notice. For a few days my user name had been a broken-up URL to a short (22-line) ...
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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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Using user answers for commercial projects

I'm an individual and work from my home. Does user codes/answers posted on Stackoverflow can be (whenever if I re-write them or copy them as they are): Used on my private C# project which I built ...
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Is Stack Exchange staff removing GoFundMe links?

According to this announcement, Stack Exchange staff will actively remove links to a legal fund campaign from user profiles, posts, and comments Yet browsing around Meta Stack Exchange, I still ...
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Is “The Loop” covered by SO's Privacy and GDPR policies?

SO's "GDPR Policy" states in part we describe how we collect and use your data, and how we use technologies like cookies to understand how we can better help developers. However, The Loop's first ...
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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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Can users 13 to 15 years old who are based outside of the European Union use SE while traveling to the EU?

The Terms of Service contains the following snippet: If you are located within the European Union, you must be at least 16 years old to access or use the Network or Services, including without ...
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What legal risks would Stack Exchange face if it does not actively remove links to a legal fund campaign?

Juan M announced "Stack Exchange staff will actively remove links to a legal fund campaign from user profiles and posts" and implies that this is being done "under direction from our legal team". What ...
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Is Stack Exchange still planning to respond to the community's open letters?

On October 6th, moderators, ex-moderators, and members of the community published two open letters to Stack Exchange Inc.. These letters have, as of today, been signed 768 times (general letter) and ...
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Why is SE removing links and community ads about a legal fund campaign?

Stack Exchange staff will actively remove links to a legal fund campaign from user profiles, posts, and comments, as well as community ads surrounding Monica's situation and reinstatement. Why? [This ...
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What happened to accounts that were previously of age, but became underage once GDPR was adopted?

I'm aware that in 2018, the GDPR was adopted in the European Union, and in response, SE amended its license terms to require that all users from the EU be at least 16 to participate in the site. ...
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Is there a list of non-moderators who have stated they suspended activities due to recent events? [closed]

There are lists of moderators that have resigned or suspended activity due to the series of events1 instigated by Stack Exchange starting September 5, 2019, but I've only seen speculation on the ...
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Social media disclaimer policy for SE Staff

The most recent SE incident (as well as several others earlier) was largely inflated by the interaction of SE/SE Staff with the press and some social media interactions (tweets/re-tweets, in ...
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Does Stack Exchange have a responsibility to protect the rights of their volunteers?

The question is focused on the company's responsibility for taking action without just cause against an appointed moderator on Meta Stack Exchange (herein called SE). There is a moderator contract ...
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Should we be taking legal action against the network for possible breach in labour laws with moderators

People need to argue the validity of whether or not the network is breaking the law and if this ok and what should be done about it. Discussion about my intentions, motivations or personality are off ...
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Is Stack Exchange in violation of New York labor law, in using volunteer moderators?

Is Stack Exchange in violation of New York labor law, in using volunteer moderators? I found a New York State Department of Labor - Division of Labor Standards Frequently Asked Questions document, ...
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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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How can we move forward if SE will not admit to wrongdoing for legal reasons?

As I understand, one of the major grievances of the community recently over the situation with Monica is that the Stack Exchange team has not apologized for or admitted to any wrongdoing over making ...
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Is it time for Stack Exchange, Inc and the community to legally separate amicably?

There's no need to rehash the issues that have led to a lack of trust between the employees of Stack Exchange, Inc and the members of the community. Suffice it to say that astoundingly they continue ...
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Moderator legal liability

I've scanned the privacy policy, terms of service, and moderator agreement and, so far as I can tell, moderators are fully and completely liable for any and every action they take in the process of ...
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Is the updated pronoun guidance in any way related to the New York City Human Rights law on preferred pronouns?

According to the New York City Human Rights Law, employers and other entities are required to use pronouns with which a person self-identifies, including singular they or neopronouns: The NYCHRL ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to report bugs relating to the GDPR that have a huge impact on the reputation of Stack Overflow?

A while back, I discovered a bug in the GDPR data exporter. This data exporter is supposed to export all user data, but at the moment, it doesn't. While I didn't talk publicly about this to prevent ...
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Make it clear that you need to have the right to license any pictures under CC BY-SA 3.0

When you try to upload an image it says User contributions licensed under cc by-sa 3.0 with attribution required (content policy) My proposal would be to change it to something more along the ...
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Should answers that can attribute severe legal consequences be discouraged? [duplicate]

Context: How should I respond when I lied about my education and the company finds out through background check? The most upvoted answer may be the ethically correct thing to do, but there's ...
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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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Terms of Service begins with “Stack Overflow Network” instead of “Stack Exchange Network”

According to the Trademark Guidelines, the name of the network of Q&A sites is the "Stack Exchange Network". Yet the Terms of Service begins with the word "Stack Overflow Network": There was ...
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Why was the Ubuntu Code of Conduct clause removed from the Ask Ubuntu terms of service?

Looking back at the old Terms of Service, I noticed they used to contain a special paragraph about Ask Ubuntu. When accessing the askubuntu.com, meta.askubuntu.com, or chat.askubuntu.com sites ("...
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Each site's moderator agreement - privacy policy linked to stack overflow page instead of the site's own page [duplicate]

On every Stack Exchange site except Stack Overflow, in the Moderator Agreement (<sitename.com>/legal/moderator-agreement) page's The agreement section contains two links. The first link is ...
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My data access request will be processed last year?

On October 4th I opened a GDPR Portability request ("Export my data"). Today I received an email that my request will be processed and I will receive an answer on 3rd November 2018. This is also ...
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Misleading header “Information from Third Parties” in privacy policy

The following section is in the SE privacy policy: Information from Third Parties We may share personal information with third parties who provide services to Stack Overflow, such as payment ...
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Do I have the right to be forgotten on SE? [duplicate]

Does Stack Exchange provide any option to be forgotten? Under article 17 users have the right to be forgotten, but I'm unsure how this works legally with Stack Overflow. What if I want to enact ...
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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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Why do users in the European Union have to be at least 16 to participate in SE?

I noticed this new paragraph in the Terms of Service: If you are located within the European Union, you must be at least 16 years old to access or use the Network or Services, including without ...
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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 ...
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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 ...