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Questions about the licensing of content on Stack Exchange sites.

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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 ...
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What sort of attribution should Stack Exchange members expect for their work?

I've been thinking about the feedback over code licensing, and it seems like there's a significant gap in thinking between two portions of the user base - one that wants attribution, and one that ...
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Why should the new code license be permissive instead of copyleft?

Currently (and, I assume, since SO’s/SE’s existence) all user-generated content is licensed under a copyleft license. In the discussions The MIT License – Clarity on Using Code on Stack Overflow and ...
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Licensing per Site

Given the problem with licensing and the variety of sites on the SE network, why don't you allow each site to license content in the way that is most appropriate for them? For example, Code Review ...
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Remove meta.SE reputation changes from voting to allow everyone to participate like normal meta sites [duplicate]

Many people have come to Meta to vote and comment on the proposed changes to the license. However most people coming from other sites don't have enough reputation to down vote answers. This completely ...
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Can I opt to make my posts CC0 - public domain?

With all the changes to licensing currently being discussed is it acceptable to edit my questions/answers to include a footnote. This question/answer is provided CC0 - public domain. I know some ...
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What happens when an answer crosses the threshold of originality, but the code within that answer doesn't?

Here's a hypothetical situation. I post an answer on a Stack Exchange site. In order to be useful, the post requires both English prose and code. However, the code alone does not cross the threshold ...
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Can the new license potentially end existing rights to old content?

Under the old cc-by-sa 3.0 license, Stack Exchange's license to show contributions is potentially perpetual, but violating the license, it gets revoked. This follows from the definition of "You": "...
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How does the proposed MIT license change affect code that comes in part from another site

I answered a question on SO with code that came mostly from php.net. It was not immediately clear to me exactly what license, if any, applies to the example code on php.net. I can't claim ownership of ...
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Add an indicator for the license to code blocks and a tool to copy code with the proper attribution

I think it is a fair assumption that a large number of people using Stack Overflow and other programming SE sites don't understand or don't even think about the implications of the license when using ...
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A New Code License: The MIT, this time with Attribution Required

Update: January 15, 2016 Thank you for your patience and feedback. The changes proposed here have been delayed indefinitely - we'll be back later to open some more discussions. Important context for ...
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CC-by-SA vs MIT - The 2016 battle

Stack Exchange is announcing the change from CC-BY-SA 3.0 to MIT License and the chaos has emerged. After a few hours of research, I've concluded that I've been breaking the law (license) since the ...
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Does the MIT license affect anything in academia?

Sorry this is not the most eloquently worded question, and I admit is loaded, but I am hoping some useful meta answer could come from it. I just noticed this hot meta topic The MIT License – Clarity ...
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Where to ask licensing-related questions? [duplicate]

I've just asked a licensing-related question and got downvoted unlike the plethora of other licensing-related questions. Where do I ask such questions?
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How does Stack Exchange prevent all its contents from being stolen through its API?

There's something I have hard time to understand with this world of APIs: when you have your WebApp/MobileApp ecosystem entirely based on an API giving access to your database, how do you prevent all ...
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What is “code” for the purposes of the proposed MIT license switchover? [closed]

A follow up from my comment about the new license announcement and samthebrand's response (also from the new license change attempt): The proposed new licensing terms differentiate between code and ...
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Can we have a dropdown to choose a code license?

I'm not fully satisfied with Stack Exchange's recent proposal to change the code license to an MIT-like crayon license. What if I want the plain MIT license, where the license text must be replicated? ...
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Code licensing change for all SE sites [duplicate]

I don't know why it's not on meta.stackexchange, but there's a post on meta SO explaining that there will be new guidelines for contributors starting January 1, 2016. Figured it's relevant here. ...
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The MIT License – Clarity on Using Code on Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange

Update (Dec. 22, 2015): Thanks, everyone, for your feedback to this proposal. We're going to digest this one over the holidays and should have a follow-up announcement answering your questions and ...
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Where to ask question about licenses? [duplicate]

I typed Code under MIT documentation under CC as title of my question on Stackoverflow. The suggestions popped up showing all licensing questions as closed. Where shall the questions about licensing ...
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Is copy-pasting code from Stack Overflow an infringement to CC BY-SA 3.0 or is it considered fair use?

Actually CC BY-SA 3.0 is a license which looks pretty good for most Stack Exchange Network sites, but on Stack Overflow which is used mainly for coding questions, is pretty much rigid since a lot of ...
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About citing posts on Stack Exchange in scientific literature

Thinking about the BibTeX template SE uses (which yields just awful results when used with LaTeX) I had some questions. I recently commented them on the legacy post on attribution on SE: The need of ...
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Do I need a license to use the Stack Exchange API?

I recently developed an App for Stack Overflow using the Stack Exchange API. This app is only for fun and I want to add code in Github. Do I need to add a licence for using the Stack Exchange API?
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Under what license is the Stack Exchange blog source released?

Under what license is the Stack Exchange blog source released? The Stack Exchange repository (not the forked) does not specify any specific license. In short - Can I use some (or all) parts ...
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Stack Exchange Format for Corporate Networks [duplicate]

I think the Stack Exchange format is great and would like to suggest to my employer that they implement an internal SE for collaboration on our processes. Obviously the network would need to be ...
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Are the SE additions to the Creative Commons attribution requirements enforceable? [duplicate]

In the footer of Stack Exchange sites, it is stated that user contributions are licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0 with a contradictory and incompatible attribution requirement addendum. The “attribution ...
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Unattributed Reproduction of S.E. Content [duplicate]

I know that S.E. places a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license on material and I just ran across this: http://www.codeitive.com/0zxVjUekqU/how-to-remove-the-warning-in-gcc-46-missing-...
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Why does SO use a cc license for published code?

The CC license FAQ states: Can I apply a Creative Commons license to software? We recommend against using Creative Commons licenses for software. Instead, we strongly encourage you to use ...
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What is the correct attribution for remixing content of answers.onstartups.com?

According to https://blog.stackoverflow.com/2012/04/when-a-site-grows-quiet/, data dumps of closed-down sites are available under the same CC BY-SA license as other data dumps. However, since the ...
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Is it ok to use watermarked shutterstock images?

As a non-native English speaker, I'm not very familiar with the license terms of Shutterstock. IMHO I should not use watermarked images and instead buy a license. If posted on SE sites, the image ...
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Is this scraper site in violation of StackExchange's attribution requirements? [duplicate]

Compare: http://dluat.com/prevent-tty-fallback-when-x-fails/ Prevent TTY fallback when X fails We're all aware that our content is licensed under CC-BY-SA. DL-AUT is not licensing its content ...
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How to correctly attribute a list of howto questions, consisting of links to SE questions?

Do I comply with all the terms & conditions of SE, such as correct attribution, if on a webpage with HowTo questions I add a list with links to some questions on a SE site? Here a 2 samples of ...
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Ground rules for creating GitHub repos from SE content?

What are the ground rules applicable to forking over community wiki content from StackExchange to GitHub? I surmise that License CC-by-SA 3.0 Unported should be kept at all times. Need more ...
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site CC license, attribution requirement must be done manually

I cannot see how attribution can be done at all, given that only usernames are posted, short of typing in your real name in the post. you would need some way to get the person's real name to do it ...
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Use of stackexchange data in commercial publication

I am writing a book about search engines. I'm hunting for a data set to drive examples throughout the book. I'd like to use data derived from stackexchange (via the API) and I want to make sure that I ...
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Learning Or Getting Ideas From Some Code Under Creative Commons Without Attributing the User?

Let's say I was searching for how to hide the Console Window from a Win32 App and someone on Stack Overflow said something about FreeConsole() function or anything else so I went and checked the MSDN ...
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Which licences are acceptable for Javascript libraries embedded in SE sites?

Several SE sites have certain custom Javascript libraries that provide functionality that specific to those sites. For example, the Mathematics sites as well as many Science sites use MathJax to allow ...
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Can I re-publish links extracted from Stack Exchange data dumps under the public domain?

After looking around and finding none, I'm trying to link as many Stack Exchange tags as possible to WikiData entities. My ultimate goal is to automatically categorize tags on Stack Overflow based on ...
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Is it too late to change the SE content license?

While researching the licensing for SE sites, I've come across a few questions about changing the license terms (e.g. updating the CC-BY-SA version). Let's assume there was a good but non-...
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Why does Stack Exchange not dual-license content under FDL?

Doing my own reading and reasoning about releasing technical content [1] under a free license, I have discovered there are these general approaches: CC-BY-SA only (e.g. StackExchange) FDL only (e.g. ...
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License adjustment for code permitted?

Is it permissible to, on a specific question, post a requisite that all code in answers must be either under/compatible with a specific license? Example header text: All entries are required to be ...
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Why does SE retain the copyright for user-submitted blog posts and comments?

The footer of the main SE sites contains the following statement: site design / logo © 2014 stack exchange inc; user contributions licensed under cc by-sa 3.0 with attribution required In contrast,...
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How does the CC-SA license work with hardware projects?

In the case of code, the license is clear. Any code snippet that you post on SE, or copy from SE has to be licensed under the same terms, has to attribute the original post, and can be used for ...
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Propose license choice checkbox between CC BY-SA and CC BY

Questions have been asked about this, and possible solutions discussed, but I can't find an actual feature proposal. Software licensing is a big deal, and when I post to stack overflow, I as the ...
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Does using rejected suggested edit text without attribution violate the attribution requirement?

I recently posted an answer to which a useful edit was suggested. It added a paragraph to the answer, and got rejected as an attempt to reply. It actually made a good point, and I ended up adjusting ...
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Using a winter event hat on our GD.SE GameJam logo

Last autumn we held a GameJam over at gamedev.se (The Fall 2013 GDSE Game Jam) and now we're preparing for the winter jam. The existing logo doesn't exactly spell out "winter" though, and some ...
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Does SE need to switch to CC-BY-SA 4.0?

User contributions to Stack Exchange sites are licensed under Creative Commons; share alike, with attribution required. The version is 3.0, see cc-wiki in the footer. However, the most current ...
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Make the ToS more prominent on registration and new questions from unregistered users

Currently, we have a little line at the very bottom when asking a new question as an unregistered user: By posting your question, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service. There is a ...
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Why don’t we call our licence by name?

Why does Stack Exchange use this weird “cc-wiki” euphemism instead of calling the CC-BY-SA by its real name? This is a bug report disguised as a question. As in: please fix the footer.