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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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Creative Commons Licensing UI and Data Updates

When we last updated you to clarify concerns and answer questions about our transition to version 4.0 of the CC BY-SA license we committed to posting updates to the UI and addressing unanswered ...
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Can “Community Wiki” become public domain? [duplicate]

What is the license of an answer marked community wiki? It seems a normal answer is CC-BY-SA, which can possibly not be kept for community wiki contributions, since the author becomes the community. ...
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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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An Update On Creative Commons Licensing

We’d like to provide you with an update to our transition to version 4.0 of the CC BY-SA license. We realize that this is something that you care deeply about, and that our response to your concerns ...
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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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Can I include material from Wikipedia in a Stack Exchange post?

Now that Stack is on CC BY-SA 4.0, is it possible to include material from Wikipedia, which still uses CC BY-SA 3.0? I have no desire to be a lawyer, but I'm given to understand that the two licenses ...
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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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Is it legal to copy Stack Overflow questions and answers?

I just found http://programmingfaq.w3ec.com/faq/4761/whats-the-hi-lo-algorithm which has an exact copy of this Stack Overflow question, What's the Hi/Lo Algorithm, with all its answers and no ...
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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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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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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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Adding a bounty should not change the license of a post

I found a minor bug, and after a search here on Meta.SE, I discovered that it had been reported all the way back in 2013. To draw a bit of attention to it, I then added a bounty to the post. The past ...
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Rollback of a post to a revision with an older license version does not make the post relate to that older license version

A month ago it was noticed that a rollback could change the license version backwards. In a comment, it was noted by Yaakov Ellis that the license version on a post should relate to the license ...
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CommonMark migration is causing license changes when it should not

CommonMark migration has begun! Sites across the network have been scheduled for formatting migration, and some of them (Meta Stack Exchange included) have already finished their migration. It was ...
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Just to clarify the attribution requirements

When a question or answer was posted under one license (e.g. CC BY-SA 3.0), and edited under a different license (e.g. CC BY-SA 4.0), who should be credited as the "author" for attribution ...
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I've found an exact copy of a Stack Exchange site answer without giving any credit, is that legal? [duplicate]

I was searching for answers for one of many daily issues we all normally have and found something quite odd. After finding this answer Stack Overflow, I've stumbled upon this one, which is an exact ...
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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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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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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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Data dump should include deleted posts

Given that deleted content is licensed CC just as the regular content is, it exists in the current SO database, and it is accessible to over 400 (10k+ rep) users, it should also be exported as part of ...
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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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The create-chatroom page incorrectly specifies the conversations as licensed under “cc-wiki” (CC BY-SA 2.5)

The create a new chat-room page likely doesn't get a lot of traffic, which probably makes issues with it have a relatively low impact, but this one should be fixed: The text reads: All ...
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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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Forcing a code block when there is a JSFiddle link in a post

Right now, when there's a link from JSFiddle.net in a post you are required to have a code-block, otherwise you'll get an error which won't let you submit your post/edit: Links to jsfiddle.net must ...
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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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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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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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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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Make it clear that you need to have the right to license any pictures under CC BY-SA

tl;dr: Right now we're not allowed to upload any images we don't own (fair use does not apply on this site, see the link). Let's make this a bit clearer in the image upload form. When you try to ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Stack Exchange should stop using the Creative Commons logo [duplicate]

If I understand correctly, SE reproduces its user-produced content using a CC-BY-SA license with additional restrictions: namely, from point 3 of the TOS, In the event that You post or otherwise use ...

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