Questions tagged [licensing]
Questions about the licensing of content on Stack Exchange sites.
YouTube channel scraping Q&A from Stack Exchange [duplicate]
There is this horrible YouTube channel scraping Q&A from Stack Exchange without attribution to the author of either question or answers, and no links to the original post. Stack Exchange licenses ...
License link on SEDE archive page points to wrong BY-SA version
On the Stack Exchange Data Explorer Help page, there is a link to the Internet Archive page. On the Stack Exchange Archive page, there is a section for licensing, with the following description: All ...
Post disassociation requests should also apply to the author's messages in chat rooms generated from comments on the post
A while ago I made a question, and later decided to be disassociated from that question. However doing so does not completely disassociate your account from this question. If a comment thread gets ...
Show license info for tag excerpts and wikis explicitly
All user contributions on Stack Exchange are licensed (currently under CC-BY-SA 4.0). Back in 2020, Creative Commons Licensing UI and Data Updates made a change in showing the license explicitly for Q&...
Make license terms more prominent
A lot of people are unaware of license terms that apply to code pieces posted on Stack Overflow or the internet in general. This is from my own experience but is also stated in a paper here. And some ...
How to give attribution when using the same code on multiple webpages [closed]
I am very new to the Stack Overflow community. I noticed that there are several excellent answers here that can help me to build a website. I am a little bit aware of the License CC BY-SA 4.0 applied ...
Do I have to worry about patent issues for code posted on Stack Overflow?
I purposely named this question similar to Do I have to worry about copyright issues for code posted on Stack Overflow?. Since Fedora is banning CC-0 licensed source code citing issue of explicitly ...
What license do the help center articles that are editable by moderators fall under?
I was looking at the text of the CC BY-SA 4.0 license, which is the license used by posts on the SE network. Specifically, I noted the phrase that... You must give appropriate credit, provide a link ...
Who has ownership of a Question/Answer after the account that posted it is deleted? [duplicate]
There has been some questions surrounding post ownership after a user voluntarily deleted their account and now they have a new account on the site. In a recent meta they referenced it as their post ...
Form to request erasure under GDPR doesn't indicate that attribution will be removed from all posts, a possible license violation
It's long been the case that when a user requests their account be deleted, all of their contributions are dissociated from their name. This would ordinarily be considered a violation of the CC BY-SA ...
Why does the license link take me to Stack Overflow's license page? [duplicate]
The license information in the lower right corner of every page links to https://stackoverflow.com/help/licensing instead of to the site's (existing) corresponding page (for example, on the Cross ...
Can I make a YouTube video about SO content?
There are many interesting SO questions that have many good answers and many good comments. I want to make an animated YouTube video about a question and some answers to help visual learners better ...
Why does my comment show 41 "license: CC by SA 4.0"? Are all comments protected under copyright?
Why does my comment show this? 41 license: CC by SA 4.0 Are all comments protected under "creative commons" copyright? What does 41 mean? Why not 1 license - why 41?
How can I correctly specify the license for my code snippets? [duplicate]
Per default, code snippets posted on Stack Overflow are licensed under CC BY-SA-*; see https://stackoverflow.com/help/licensing. This includes a share-alike obligation and attribution obligation, both ...
Is it against the rules to link from my own, monetized site to a question or answer on SE?
I want to document my progress on various projects and, as part of that documentation, I want to publish the questions I ask on the various SE sites. The website will be monetized. The questions I ask ...
Tags assigned to a question should be CC BY-SA licensed
Glorfindel♦ wrote: The CC BY-SA license only covers content. Tags are (apparently) considered metadata. Feature request: Tags assigned to a question should be CC BY-SA licensed. Answers to comments:...
Why aren't tag edits and comments licensed as CC BY-SA 4.0 in post timelines?
E.g.: Why aren't tag edits and comments licensed as CC BY-SA 4.0 in post timelines?
Can I reuse and republish code snippets from Stack Exchange sites under a new license?
I want to start a project, Scheme Cookbook, with a better license because an old cookbook, that is no longer available online, was licensed under LGPL, which requires the inclusion of the license with ...
To who are translations licensed in Stack Exchange international sites that are submitted by community users?
International sites translate much of their content (other than questions and answers) with the help of community users. How are these contributions licensed? There are more than 10,000 strings, not a ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 (...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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: ...
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 ...