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Questions tagged [licensing]

Questions about the licensing of content on Stack Exchange sites.

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Can we make a free app on Earth Sciences Exchange with information from posts?

We are receiving a lot of questions at Earth Sciences Exchange asking for identification of stones. I am trying to start a list of the identified minerals we have on our site's Meta. As list point ...
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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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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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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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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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How do I opt-out of chat?

I think that chat is bad because it is permanent and searchable. If it existed for some reasonable time, like 30 days - no problem. I don't want my words retained for posterity and findable by anyone ...
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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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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 are the current (2018) license terms for code found on SE sites?

Back in January 2016, this Meta.SE post announced an upcoming license change for use of code taken from SE sites, to take effect in March of that year. (That post was a followup to this one.) There ...
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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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Can I claim on my blog that I wrote the SE answer, although the linked email accounts are different?

I want to reproduce the content of my SE answer on my blog elsewhere. I will follow the two rules of attribution and license linking. On my blog, I also want to mention that I wrote the answer, by ...
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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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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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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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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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Short code snippets licensing on Stack Overflow

Just how long/non-trivial does code have to be before the CC license apply to it? (for Stack Overflow answers) For example, I would assume that if someone posted a long function, then the code would ...
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Using Stack Exchange big data for analysis

I downloaded large data sets of Stack Exchange from this: https://archive.org/download/stackexchange I'm going to use those data for some analysis & going to open source those analysis data. Do ...
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Somebody posted an answer that is modified but based on my earlier answer. How should I react?

This question is related to this: What is the connection between an answer and its poster, none? What do Stack Exchange rules say about use and re-use of answers? Are users restricted from answering ...
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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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Using Blog Overflow design elements on an off-site blog [closed]

As mentioned in this question, we (the SF/F community) are expecting that Blog Overflow will be shutting down at some point in the future. Given that we actually use our blog on a regular basis, we ...
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Source code on Stack Overflow: CC-BY-SA or MIT?

Stack Overflow is part of the Stack Exchange Network, and article 3 of the Terms of Service tell us that “You agree that all Subscriber Content that You contribute to the Network is perpetually and ...
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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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Can I include a more permissive license for my code contributions in my profile? [duplicate]

..and will that have any effect? Currently, I want all of my contributions on StackExchange to be available not just under SE's licensing terms (that goes without saying), but also under a version of ...
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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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The license on the stackexchange.com footer has the wrong name

On all of the Stack Exchange sites, user contributions are licensed CC-BY-SA 3.0. It says so in the footer and links to the license itself: However, on http://stackexchange.com/, the license is ...
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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-...
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Is “About me” portion of my profile licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0?

I recently read this comment, which is quoted below (without its inline links): @Robotnik, here's your profile page, which contains information that you, as a user of the Stack Exchange service, ...
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When SE unilaterally alters an author's name to “user123xxx”, isn't it breaching its licence?

A user recently left English.SE in dissatisfaction with other users' behaviour, and he asked SE to delete both his English.SE account and all of the work he had posted to that subsite. But while SE ...
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Use of content that may have been deleted for copyright reasons

This question asks about the use* of content which was deleted from StackExchange sites. I wondered, what if the content was deleted because it violated somebody else's copyright, and that copyright ...
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Should I be using content from deleted posts on the Stack Exchange network?

If someone makes a post on any site on the Stack Exchange Network, they grant Stack Exchange a license to (among other things) display and store the work. This license is irrevocable, even if the ...
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Is it OK to use Super User's PageDown toolbar image? [duplicate]

We're looking for a better PageDown toolbar than the default OOTB sprite, and like the looks of the one on Super User: Are we allowed to use this same sprite for our site?
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Why is there no citation feature? [duplicate]

There are some questions about how content, especially source code, on Stack Overflow is licensed and how it should be attributed (see below). There is even a Stack Overflow blog post about how to ...
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What do I need to consider in terms of licensing if I make videos showing Stack Exchange posts?

I'm considering making voiced-over videos of myself working the review queues (for entertainment, to keep my concentration sharp, and maybe to help others). Of course, the posts in the review queues ...
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What is the proper community for GPL licence question? [duplicate]

I would like to ask a question about a licence (GNU GPL) but, I am not sure which is the right community. I have already read many sources, including the official one and also the most frequent asked ...
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Does StackExchange take any measures against sites violation our license? [duplicate]

I updated an answer of mine with an improved solution: Does PostgreSQL support "accent insensitive" collations? I hit Google to find related answers that might be outdated now, just to ...
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How does the Community Moderator model fit in with the TOS/Privacy/Content License Policies?

I have been banned for a month from the only SE site I really use. I do contest it, as do most I suppose, but that's not what this question is about. If curious see my profile. Instead, while ...
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A small suggestion regarding licensing

As discussed under this comment thread, we would not be able to include works under fair use in our posts. This is because (from the current TOS): You agree that all Subscriber Content that You ...
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Will we be able to use code from Wikipedia after the Licensing change?

Will we be able to use code snippets from Wikipedia after this proposal is implemented? Of course, we don't use code snippets from Wikipedia that often. I was just wondering.
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Will we be able to reference code from before the license change in new posts?

When we change the license on our codes from CC BY-SA 3.0 to the MIT license, will we be able to copy and reference code from old posts in new posts, or will we only be allowed to provide links to old ...
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In the first two relicensing proposals, why did Stack Overflow try to use the Terms of Service to change the license requirements?

In this post, Tim Post laid out four things that Stack Overflow was looking to get out of a license: It has to protect our contributors to the point that they feel comfortable contributing. This ...
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Is a license change necessary?

So as we all well know, Stack Exchange has been proposing that we change the license used for code to MIT. Is this change, or a change to any other license for code, necessary at all? If it is, why? ...
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Why separate code and non-code licensing?

The rationale for the license change proposals is at least somewhat clear: i.e. to reduce legal concerns of using code from answers in software that may use incompatible licenses. However, what seems ...
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A New Code License: the Community Edition

Okay, so that proposal didn't go very well... Clearly, the community thinks Stack Overflow, Inc messed up with their license proposal. Now it is time to you to prove we, as a community, can do better....
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Code licensing proposal — Point of order!

There have been two rounds of discussion about code licensing: The MIT License – Clarity on Using Code on Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange A New Code License: The MIT, this time with Attribution ...