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How do I get my content on StackExchange 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) StackExchange 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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Has SO apologized for their licensing fait accompli?

In the latest news from SO, the following was posted (emphasis mine): Licensing MIT licensing of code was proposed, but held back due to community naysayers. CC-BY-SA incremented from 3.0 ...
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Am I allowed to create a Stack Exchange-like forum?

I am looking into creating a forum with a system of self-moderation and reputation which is the same system as Stack Exchange sites. I have seen many websites on the Web with the same format, ...
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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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Questions migrated more than 60 days ago no longer link to their revision history on the origin site (possible license violation)

In January 2014, the migration banner on questions migrated from other sites was changed to link to the revision history of the question on the origin site (the migration stub), and said revision ...
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Am I allowed to upload Winter Bash-related content on personal sites?

As mentioned in this answer, Stack Exchange owns the copyright to all WB hats and WB-related content. However, I am wondering if I can upload images of hats onto a public-facing personal site to make ...
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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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The create-chatroom page incorrectly specifies the conversations as licensed under cc-wiki

The create a new chat-room page is probably one that doesn't get a lot of traffic, which probably makes issues with it have a relatively low impact, but this one should probably be fixed: The ...
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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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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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Is the re-licensing situation perceived as much less important than Monica's defamation lawsuit? [closed]

When one compares the two (currently) relevant GoFundMe pages Defend Monica from Defamation by Stack Overflow and Lawsuit against Stack Exchange relicensing it is obvious that the first one attracts ...
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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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In which context would the difference in licensing rules between CC SA 3.0 and CC SA 4.0 actually matter?

Currently there's a big controversy over SE changing the licensing from CC 3.0 to CC 4.0. Regardless of whether this change was legally solid or not, could someone provide a specific example of how ...
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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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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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Communication priorities

Two days ago, via a post on codegolf.meta which summarised a number of recent network-level issues, I stumbled upon Stack Exchange and Stack Overflow have moved to CC BY-SA 4.0. I was astonished to ...
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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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Licensing question: Should Stack Exchange delete all my questions and answers when my account gets closed?

While Stack Exchange can claim that all posts here are automatically CC BY-SA, that would fail when a user deletes their account (or gets banned) as they then become user5876892 or whatever. So ...
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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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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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Copying (partially) tag wiki from one site to another. Attribution and best practices?

I found a great tag excerpt and tag wiki in one Stack Exchange community (say, Stack Overflow). In another community (say, Computational Science), we have the same tag with totally missing usage info. ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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 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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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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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 have a doubt related to licensing, which is something I clearly don't master. Let's say I've posted code created by me on Stack Overflow, which gets automatically licensed in CC-BY-SA. Users ...
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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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