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Was the retroactive change to CC BY-SA 4.0 approved by Stack Exchange's lawyers?

Given the complete lack of a response after over three weeks, the answer is clear. It appears as if the answer is no, this change was not run by the legal department. There is no question Stack ...
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Was the retroactive change to CC BY-SA 4.0 approved by Stack Exchange's lawyers?

If things aren't moving quickly enough for you, consider sending a DMCA takedown notice instructing them to take down every question, answer, comment, and edit that they purport to distribute under a ...
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Since when did SE stop uploading DMCA takedown notices to Lumen Database?

We do still get DMCA notices, and we tend to get at least one every month. But at some point, Lumen removed the usual submission form that we were using to report these to their database, without ...
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Can I use a Spoof/Parody version of the StackOverflow logo?

While I wouldn't suggest that parody goes as far as vandalism, Jeff seems to have indicated that "vandalizing the logo" is fair use: I really don't think you need permission to use the logo ...
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Can I use a Spoof/Parody version of the StackOverflow logo?

We responded to your inquiry via email as well, but to close the loop on this question: SO Inc is fine with (and pleasantly amused by) this parody.
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Are these eBooks that copy from SE illegal?

The book does explicitly link to the Creative Commons license, as well as the attribution requirements on our blog, according to Amazon's little search feature. I can't view what the exact page looks ...
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What's being done to protect users' copyright?

Glad you asked. I've actually been personally working on a new tracking system that we're going to be using to keep track of all the reports we have coming in. Previously, we used a big ugly ...
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How do I get my content on Stack Exchange licensed correctly or else removed?

Send a notice to SE that the content is not being published correctly (I have made this community wiki because I do not know how to do this correctly and people need to improve this answer) From ...
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What is the policy for DMCA takedowns, and what can we expect in terms of transparency regarding the removed content?

Last time our attorney attempted to explain this to me, it was along the lines of "the law does not allow us to question the DMCA" and that we have to take action, and it's the responsibility of the ...
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Does Stack Exchange own the copyright of Winter Bash hats?

Can I use the hats somewhere else, even for commercial use, or are they copyrighted? No, you can't. Being able to download a file does not necessarily give you the right to use it for your own ...
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Posts deleted as result of a DMCA Takedown Request still visible via suggested edits

Let me see if I can clear some things up here. TL;DR version - The ticket in question had a mistake. Rather than put into a "waiting on other team" status, the ticket was accidentally put ...
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Is my copyrighted artwork protected if I upload it to a post?

Images you upload to the SE imgur instance using the integrated image upload feature are licensed under a Creative Commons license, specifically cc by-sa 3.0. This is explicitly mentioned in the ...
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CC-by-SA vs MIT - The 2016 battle

I think that there is a piece missing. Not every line of code on Stack Overflow needs attribution, a year ago, a week ago, yesterday, or next year. In copyright, there is something called the ...
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Who is the original artist of the comic on the blog post "Do large language models know what they are talking about?"

It was posted in the r/comics subreddit by u/PLutonium273 on February 2, 2023 under the title [OC] Magic coding. Taking the "OC" at face value, u/PLutonium273 would presumably be the ...
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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?

I own several books, movie tapes and music cassettes. I do not own the copyright of any of them. No matter what the rightful copyright owners of those materials wish they can't delete my copies since ...
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Are Stack Exchange blog articles also under Creative Common license?

A quick look around the page says "© 2023 All Rights Reserved." I cannot find any mentions of the blog being CC licenced, so it looks like a copyright violation to me, though I'm unsure if ...
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Can I make a YouTube video adapting Stack Overflow content?

Disclaimer: IANAL It won't work with the out-of-the-box license options provided by YouTube: It uses a different version of Creative Commons (BY, not BY-SA) than Stack Exchange, and moreover they're ...
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Are these eBooks that copy from SE illegal?

I downloaded the free sample for one of the books (Kindle edition). User names and question titles link to the appropriate pages on the site, so the attribution requirements are being met. (I'm ...
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Do Stack Exchange sites allow to include copyright/license in code snippets?

While there is nothing that prohibits content here being distributed under more than one license, all content here is distributed under our license. If they'd like to distribute things under ...
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Site footer copyright scope and meaning

We only claim ownership of the site design and logo, or otherwise the appearance of the network as a whole. We do not ever claim ownership of any user contributions, nor would we ever want to claim ...
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CC-by-SA vs MIT - The 2016 battle

All code you have copied from Stack Overflow in the past already required attribution. The legal page says you need to link to the original post and the authors profile, both on the Stack Exchange ...
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Is it okay to use DMCA takedown notices to remove my content from SCRAPER sites?

We have no preference either way. If you would like to take the reins and send some notices yourself, go for it. The content belongs to you and if someone is using it inappropriately, you have the ...
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Are we allowed according to the ToS to exempt a part of our post from the CC license?

Talking from an European perspective, there is no fair use, and citation right is very limited, it needs to be a small part of the whole and properly attributed to source and author, and stand apart ...
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Why are quote-only answers not helpful?

I find it surprising that you wouldn't need to customize your answer at all to emphasize which points are most relevant to the question and explain how they apply. Many English questions might be ...
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How can one handle copyrighted content when asking questions on SE platforms?

You retain the copyright of the code and material that you publish on the Stack Exchange sites. You only license it under the CC-BY-SA license (version 4.0 currently) to everyone in the world. No ...
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How is removing the user's name from their post compatible with copyright?

So it was explained to me that if a user is removed, regardless of the StackExchange [sic] site, the name will also be removed from all of their posts. Nitpick: Stack Exchange has a space in it. That ...
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EU copyright laws (2018-2019). Any risk for Stack Exchange?

Had to post as an answer, because too large for a comment. Possible Restrictions The problem being that if this law passes I/you might not be able to do the following in the future, because of "...
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EU's article 13 will heavily censor the web. Should we do something?

This answer is outdated! SaveYourInternet: On 26 March 2019, all 750 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) adopted an EU copyright reform that forces upload filters onto the Internet, as Article ...
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