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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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What privacy expectations are moderators who gain privileges by being SE employees subject to?

The moderator agreement, located at https://meta.stackexchange.com/legal/moderator-agreement, has the following text at the bottom: I acknowledge and agree that I am an independent volunteer ...
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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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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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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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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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Where can I ask a question about the legality of devilution?

I want to know if it's legal for this repository to exist: https://github.com/diasurgical/devilution I was checking out the following Stack Exchange sites: https://reverseengineering.stackexchange....
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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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How does the 72 hour limit mentioned in the AUP affect suspensions?

I just came across the Acceptable Usage Policy There's a bit in there that goes If you are found to be in violation of any of the below policies, you will receive a notice via email. Unless you ...
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New EU copyright laws. Final vote on July 2018. 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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Spelling mistake in Stack Exchange, Inc. API Terms of Use page

In the Stack Exchange, Inc. API Terms of Use page, the first paragraph has a word with a spelling mistake. The word programmatically is displayed as programatically (with single m). ... a set of ...
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To refuse arbitration, give us your name and address

To opt out of mandatory arbitration and retain the right to participate in a class action, the terms of service state: Your written notification must be mailed to us at Stack Overflow, Attn: Legal ...
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Can we get an official statement about how the arbitration clause will be managed for foreign countries like European ones?

DISCLAIMER: the arguments described in this topic have already been referenced in multiple posts, yet no official comment on the issue was made that I'm aware of. This post is being made to raise ...
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Who serves as the General Counsel of Stack Exchange Inc.?

I could not find any general counsel or other legal position in the Stack Exchange management page. I believe it's common for companies this size to have one, see e.g. a company from the same a16z ...
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Remove the arbitration clause from the Terms of Service

There is a lot of pushback against the new ToS, specifically the arbitration clause. The fact that the vast majority of people will not opt out due to not sending in snail mail within the first 30 ...
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Can an anonymous user opt out of arbitration?

The new terms of service announced recently include an arbitration clause. The new terms specify that one can opt out of arbitration by sending a letter including their name and their mailing address ...
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How can we opt out from the arbitration clause of the new terms of service?

The new Terms of Service went live yesterday following an 8-hour heads-up on meta. One key change that was mentioned as an aside with no real explanation is the new arbitration clause. Opt-out ...
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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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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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Update the Terms of Service to reflect the established community consensus on shared accounts

In this recent question the issue came up as to whether shared accounts were permitted on Stack Exchange. I remember this having been discussed many times over the years, and the consensus has always ...
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Re-licensing own code posted on StackExchange?

I've a doubt related to licensing, which is something I clearly don't master. Let's say I've posted code created by me on StackOverflow, which gets automatically licensed in CC-BY-SA. Users should ...
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How is Stack Exchange preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?

Is Stack Exchange making any changes in preparation for GDPR? What will the procedures be in order to comply with this regulation? The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 is a ...
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Will Stack Exchange respect EU's “right to be forgotten”?

If a citizen of EU would request all his questions and answers to be deleted from all Stack Exchange sites, would that request be carried out? I'm not just talking about account deletion, where ...
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What is the minimum age at which you could work for StackOverflow?

Just asking for a friend who's two years younger than I am.
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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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May I edit a question with a JSFiddle link to incorporate the code?

Consider a JSFiddle with no explicit license like this one: https://jsfiddle.net/t12qqyok/57/ In JSFiddle's Credits and Legal we can read: License All code posted to the site belongs to the ...
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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 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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Where to ask about the legal / illegal behavior of software

In case there already is a Q/A, the question is: What is the legal stance on software automatically copying referral links to the clipboard without user permission or prompting? This has to do ...
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Usage of Stack Exchange API (v2.2)

I was planning to use the API to search for relevant answers to certain questions and then display the output, in Actions on Google. Would doing that violate the policy of fair use or something? (...
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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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Permission to link to Stack Overflow webpages from my app?

Update: This problem has now been resolved! The app now displays individual Stack Overflow webpages in the user's browser, rather than in WebViews. Since the details are likely to be of most interest ...
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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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How relevant are CC BY-SA terms to posters deleting posts?

The rather "famous" TOS, section 3, states: You agree that all Subscriber Content that You contribute to the Network is perpetually and irrevocably licensed to Stack Exchange under the Creative ...
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Stack Exchange Privacy Policy Update

As you all know, once in a while we have to update our Privacy Policy. Now is one of those times. Here's what's different with today's update: Safe Harbor has been replaced by the EU-US Privacy ...
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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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What do I do when a user states “I am 12”?

I came across a question, which lead me to a user profile1. One thing stood out like a sore thumb: I'm an .. and 12 year old boy I immediately flagged the account via the "contact us" link, as the ...
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“Stack Exchange” is used improperly on reputation league pages

The Reputation Leagues sidebar explains: These friendly reputation leagues are an informal way of tracking your reputation within the community on a particular Stack Exchange. which does not ...
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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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Stack Exchange should review and document their data retention policies

Recently, Stack Overflow posted a blog post about their Providence system (see also a 2015 blog post by Kevin Montrose about this same subject). This is related to the Personalized Prediction Data. ...
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Privacy policy of European users? Safe Harbor is down

I was reading the Privacy Policy and I must note that paragraph: Safe Harbor Overview We have chosen to comply with the principles of the Safe Harbor Framework developed by the U.S. Department ...
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Is this a valid/legal use of SE content? [duplicate]

Googling for some information, http://www.unknownerror.org/opensource/ansible/ansible/q/stackoverflow/24162996/how-to-move-rename-a-file-using-an-ansible-task-on-a-remote-system came up as a result. ...
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If an account gets hijacked and used for posting illegal material, will Stack Exchange be willing to cooperate with local attorneys?

It makes several years that this post is status-planned. There are reason to consider it won’t be status-completed in the upcoming years. So whatever I can do, my account can be hijacked anytime ...
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OpenSTV (election results viewer) doesn't come with source code nor with an offer to provide it, violating the GPL

I went to check the election results after the Ask Ubuntu and noticed that there were download links to the GPL-licensed OpenSTV without a link to or an offer to provide the source code, as required ...
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Weird sentence in the Content policy

I found a weird sentence in the content policy: When your account is suspended, public access to content contributed under that account may be blocked or removed, and your account may be suspended ...
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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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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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Gathering and Reporting SE Site Stats

Recently, I've built an application which accesses the SE API to gather certain statistics on each site. (The application gathers the data between 00:00:00UTC+00:00 and 00:05:00UTC+00:00 for the most ...
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Official name of the new Jobs site?

I was taking a look at the trademark guidance where it says what the proper use of the Stack Exchange name involves. However, it's not addressing the new jobs site. I believe on careers.stackoverflow....
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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-...