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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 are restrictions on screenshots from Stack Exchange that I want to post on my Blog?

I run a blog with a friend of mine on Digital Easter Eggs, and I wanted to document some of the Easter Eggs all over the site. Since it is possible that I might take screenshots of the same, I wanted ...
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Stack Overflow vs. Prosus on social justice: How does Stack Overflow plan to deal with Naspers past?

The events of the scandal involving firing of moderators a year ago made some things clear. Stack Overflow did several things wrong in that affair, but taking a firm stance against anti-trans members ...
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User data in light of Stack Overflow's / Stack Exchange, Inc.'s acquisition

I would like to know how the acquisition impacts our user data, and specifically private user data. I am aware that a large part of our contributions could be scraped from the outside (or even, ...
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Privacy updates?

I can see that Stack Overflow does not participate in the Privacy Shield program since 2020/04/17. This was two months after the last update on privacy policies and three months before the EU–US ...
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Link to cookie policy doesn't work in "Accept all cookies" popup

See also, a more narrow bug here (tagged "status-completed", incorrectly(?)). Upon visiting some SE sites (e.g. superuser.com), logged in or not, I receive this popup: The "Customize ...
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Is Stack Exchange a school/educator? Should SE be qualified/accredited as, and graded like, an academic institution/environment/school, legally?

Should Stack Exchange be considered like a school/academic environment (legally)? Would that qualify it a for-profit or non-profit university/school? Would academic qualifications/standards help? ...
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We’re adding more user controls for cookie consent

Update (Feb 8): We’ll be doing some a/b testing with the consent interface. Once we’ve landed on a final design, we’ll use that design on all of our sites network wide. Additionally, we’re working on ...
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TOS and Ill/Quasi-legal Activity

I'm a moderator at the Raspberry Pi exchange and just had a question flagged for something involving "illegal behaviour": RPi4 wifi and captive portal failure I've closed it as off-topic, ...
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We’re Adding our Subprocessors to the GDPR Section of Our Legal Portal

As part of our continued effort to ensure compliance with the GDPR, we are publishing a list of our subprocessors - a list of third party vendors who process personal information for each of our ...
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Is avoiding to report underage users a violation of the moderator agreement now?

There is a new official policy on reporting underage users by moderators: What are our policies regarding underage users?. This is posted with the mod-agreement-policy tag, so it is officially part of ...
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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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Why are moderators now required to report underage users?

Just today (December 2, 2020), a new moderator agreement policy was enacted, which requires moderators to report users that they find to be underage: If you find a user claiming to be under 16 ...
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What are our policies regarding underage users?

What are the age requirements for using the Stack Exchange network and what should moderators do if they encounter an underage user?
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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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Creating an unofficial Stack Exchange Android app

I am trying to create an unofficial Stack Exchange Android app and I have a few questions regarding that. Is it permitted to create Stack Exchange's unofficial Android app using Stack Exchange APIs? ...
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If a user copies content from another SO post into his own post verbatim, is the attribution required according to the license?

Backstory: We recently had a situation on ru.SO, where a new user had posted 22 answers in 2 hours, 17 of which were copy-pasted from comments under the corresponding questions. Most of them were ...
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What guidance, if any, will be issued to moderators and users making edits following the recent US Executive Order?

It seems that any Stack Exchange site could fall foul of the recent US "Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship", which could put liability onto Stack Exchange if content is edited by ...
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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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Should the legal page on stackoverflow.com actually be on stackexchange.com?

I have seen plenty of references to the legal disclaimers etc. for the whole Stack Exchange site being referred to https://stackoverflow.com/legal/, but all SE sites are owned and operated by Stack ...
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With the UK now having two seemingly active versions of GDPR, at which age should a moderator consider a user underaged?

The FAQ on underage users states: Stack Exchange has decided to limit registration for all people in any EU member nation to users 16 or older, in order to ensure it remains compliant with the laws ...
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Reaching Stack Exchange legal for permission to quote

I have been trying since the middle of February to reach legal@stackexchange.com for permission to use material from several questions and answers in a textbook I am writing. I am following guidance ...
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What happens when I use a Stack Overflow snippet without attribution [closed]

What happens if I don't give attribution when I was using a code snippet in my software?
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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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We’re Updating The GDPR-Related Sections Of Our Legal Portal

We’re doing a bit of an overhaul in our legal portal when it comes to how we organize our GDPR-related pages and information. There’s no change in what we collect or how we use it. Our goal is to make ...
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Should stackexchange have a constitution?

Countries, societies and clubs have constitutions. Why not stackexchange? Over the last several months we've seen stackexchange "the company" use/abuse power, push/disrespect boundaries, cause ...
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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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Does Subscriber Content include a referenced text/image?

Does Subscriber Content include a referenced text/image? You agree that any and all content, including without limitation any and all text, graphics, logos, tools, photographs, images, illustrations, ...
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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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Privacy Policy Updates (Feb 2020)

We want to share with you that we have updated our Privacy Policy to keep up with the ever evolving data privacy laws and regulations concerning our global community of users and our sites. We also ...
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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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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$1,750+) for mandatory arbitration?

The Terms of Service states: b. Mandatory Arbitration ... IF A RESOLUTION IS NOT REACHED WITHIN NINETY (90) DAYS, THEN THE DISPUTE SHALL BE REFERRED TO AND RESOLVED BY BINDING ARBITRATION UNDER JAMS, ...
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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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