I have noticed that SolveForum is replicating StackExchange questions, particularly their Biology Forum which seems to be replicating the Biology StackExchange questions (but not answers). While this is generally allowed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 license under which content here is licensed, it does not seem like it is conforming to the requirements. In particular:

  • The big one is Share Alike. I can find no reference that the content on SolveForum is licensed under CC BY-SA, and in the Terms and rules they say "You are granting us with a non-exclusive, permanent, irrevocable, unlimited license to use, publish, or re-publish your Content in connection with the Service".
  • While they reference the screen name of the original author of the questions, they do not provide any other form of attribution, including a link back to the original content. The 4.0 requirement for attribution includes "To the extent practicable, URI or link to the material if supplied".

Does the use of the StackExchange content on SolveForum meet the requirements of CC BY-SA licence? Is there another way that what they are doing is not breach of copyright?

  • I think you've answered the question yourself: the use of the material does not seem to meet the CC BY-SA 4.0 Attribution and ShareAlike conditions. Not sure what could be added there. Such scraping is certainly not “fair use”. Note that such Stack Exchange pirate sites are extremely common. They are just hoping to get some Google ranking in order to get ad impressions. These are absolute bottom-feeders of the content ecosystem, maybe only surpassed by those Youtube channels that scrape Reddit posts and turn them into videos with automated text-to-speech.
    – amon
    Aug 3, 2022 at 13:16


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