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Who licenses Stack Exchange content to end users?

If I take content that's posted on Stack Exchange (or, more generically, from a site that publishes user content based on a CC BY-SA license) and re-use it elsewhere, who is my license from? Is it the ...
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Removal of Content under creative commons

I wrote content for 2 years on a website licensed under creative commons license CC-SA-BY 3.0. The community has become increasingly toxic and abusive and I no longer wished to be affiliated with the ...
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CC-BY-NC (or CC-BY-NC-SA) technical tutorials

This question is about using material under non-commercial licenses, rather than distributing them. There are quite a few technical tutorials out there that are licensed under non-commercial CC ...
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Is it possible to require removal of attribution under BY-SA for distributions not yet created?

CC BY-SA 4.0 §3(a)(3) requires that attribution of licensed material be removed if the licensor requests it. As the licensor, is it possible to make this request in advance of the redistribution of ...
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Is usage of a still frame from a video considered a derivative work/adaptation?

Let's say that Alice makes a video and releases it under the CC-BY-ND license. Bob now wants to use a still frame from the video in his work (maybe to showcase or aggregate thumbnails of Creative ...
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If one modifies and distributes intellectual property based on a Creative Commons licensed work, do they have any claim to their modification?

Suppose someone named Alice makes a free-to-play game called "Tubbytown" and releases it under the creative commons license "Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike," which from the Creative Commons ...
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Can I quote an article which license is CC-BY-ND

I have a question about direct quotations (i.e. "copy-and-paste" portions of a work - with ellipses "[...]" if necessary -) and paraphrasing the content of a text article which license is CC-BY-ND. As ...
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How would you choose a creative commons/open source license for a work of fiction in which the code itself comprises all/part of the story being told?

In cases where there exists a clear delineation between the engine being used to tell the story and the assets being used to tell the story - e.g. your average open source video game - it seems like a ...
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Copyright with clipart images under Creative Commons

I want to make cards with pictures (to assist kids to visualise their activities) and offer these cards free of payment on my blog. I am not good at art and so I need to use images from the Internet. ...
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CC BY 4.0 vs CC BY-SA 4.0

I'm confused by the difference between CC BY 4.0 and CC BY-SA (4.0?) Context: I found some books shared with CC BY 4.0. I want to publish these books in my book-reading app (commercial product) but ...
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CC-BY-SA photos for photobooks

Some of my vacation photos are licensed under CC-BY-SA on Flickr. As the creator of these photos (taking them + post-processing), I believe the photo-books I have made (via online services such as ...
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Is musescore.com violating CC-BY-NC by requiring a paid account to download such files?

On musescore.com, there are several song arrangements released under CC-BY-NC (or CC-BY-NC-SA or CC-BY-NC-ND) licenses. However, musescore.com won't let you download many of these unless you have a ...
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In which context would the difference in licensing rules between CC BY-SA 3.0 and CC BY-SA 4.0 actually matter?

Quoth Jonathan Reez in this MSE question: 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, ...
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If a SAAS product exposes an API using data licensed under “Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International”, do clients have to also attribute?

If a SAAS product partially uses data distributed under the "Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License", and makes that data available through an API. Do clients of the company,...
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Trademark Public Domain Clipart

I was reading Can a company trademark a public domain name like "Arkham"? not sure if this is the same. I'm working as volunteer at OpenClipart.org, site that provide Public Domain vector ...
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Is rendering Markdown to HTML considered an “adaptation” under CC BY-SA 3.0?

Title pretty much sums it up. Are the rights given to adaptations granted if someone renders Markdown?
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Can I protect a logo against registration by publishing it to GitHub with a licence?

Can I use GitHub to release a logo with the CC BY-NC-ND licence aside? Would this legally prevent anyone from registering it since the release dates are tracked by GitHub? Edit: Assuming that I ...
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Is it possible for something to be Creative Commons and have exclusivity?

I came across this Licensing and Copyright. By submitting to an open access agreement under Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution Non Commercial International conditions an author or creator is ...
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Does utilizing “copyleft” programs like git and gcc imply that the output has to be under the same license?

GPL v2.0 states the following as git's license: b) You must cause any work that you distribute or publish, that in whole or in part contains or is derived from the Program or any part thereof, to ...
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Does CC-SA (Share-Alike) force me to provide a free version of the derivative?

I'm currently working on a project that uses work covered by the CC-BY-SA license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ In the license, it states that I can: Adapt — remix, transform, ...
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Use of non-commercial image benefiting someone else

My daughter is in a musical theater program that sells tickets for its end-of-term production. Can I use a CC-NC licensed image to promote the production on my social media accounts? I am not ...
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If I use CC-BY-SA image in a video, must the whole video be CC-BY-SA?

I would like to use an image from Wikipedia, licensed with Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC-BY-SA) license, as a part of my video. The image would appear in its original form, possibly ...
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Can I use the logo of an ISO standard in an open document

In the frame of a European H2020 project, we are creating educational content for companies on the topic of energy efficiency in industry. The educational content will be made publicly available under ...
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Do you need to get copyright separately from a creative commons license?

I understand the types of creative commons licensing, but does a creative commons license replace copyright altogether? If I file for a creative commons license for something that I want to make ...
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Removing My Name — Difference Between CC BY-SA 3.0 and 4.0

I've seen post(s) on removing a username from a Stack Exchange post, in accordance with CC BY-SA 3.0 -- see, for example, https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/96732/how-do-i-remove-my-name-from-a-...
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What happens if a creative commons image turns out to be copyright protected?

There are lots of image websites that offer creative commons images that people can download and use for free. When it comes to blogging this is fantastic as it avoids infringing on copyright, but ...
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Has the scope of Share Alike narrowed between CC 3.0 and 4.0?

What's the issue? The wording of CC BY-SA licenses changed significantly between versions 3.0 and 4.0, but I don't believe Creative Commons (CC) intended to narrow the scope of share alike (I explain ...
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Understanding 'Adapted Material' for illustrations in a book

Suppose an author is intending to create a book using several (unmodified, pre-arranged/ordered) illustrations which are available under a CC BY-SA 4.0 license. Is the author required to share the ...
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Can I use a model trained off of CC BY-NC 4.0 datasets, amongst others, in a commercial setting

The original data cannot be reproduced or tied to the model. The data is simply used for training purposes. The model is trained off of other data sets also. Is it fair to use the model for other ...
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CC-0 derived work can it be locked by copyright?

Let's say someone released something, a detailed scene of a story, as a CC-0 work. An author took that work, expanded on it (the work became a part of the story), and protected their complete work ...
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Does a Creative Commons license protect monetization rights of the original work?

Suppose I wanted to release a game, song, whatever under some creative commons license. (Other than CC-0, which I understand to be another name for public domain) I might do this to explicitly allow ...
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Licensing an idea to public?

With my research, it looks like a patent doesn't really make much profit from it due to the high maintenance fee. So I'm thinking is it possible to license my idea to public (for free or way less ...
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Can I use CC BY-NC licenced music in my freemium mobile game?

According to creativecommons.org, a CC BY-NC license stands for a Creative Commons license that prohibits you to use the material in "Commercial Purposes" and for the commercial purposes they have ...
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Protecting IP of video subject

I have several projects and inventions the development of which I would like to chronicle on YouTube, however I'm also aware of the risks in doing so as anyone viewing the videos would be able to ...
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Copyright When Using Works in CC0/Public Domain

If I use works in the public domain or with a CC0 license (sound effects, images, 3d materials) and alter them (give a 3d model I've created a CC0 material, alter a sound effect in audacity) can I ...
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Creative commons for erotic purpose

I am a young writer and I need free photos of girls's body ( so with faces covered ) for the cover of my erotic book similar to 50 shades of grey. Can I use the photos of flickr under this licence ...
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Can I use Creative Common remixes of original songs in my apps?

I am starting to develop an advent calendar ready for December. For this app, I want to have Christmas music. In order to make sure that I don't run into any copyright issues, I am using Creative ...
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If I include an unmodified CC-BY-SA work in a book, does the whole book have to be CC-BY-SA?

I'm working on a book. Say I include a single unmodified work in the book that's licensed under Creative Commons-Attribute-Share Alike, for example one picture. Do I have to make the entire book CC-...
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Editing and selling 3D models licensed under CC BY-NC and CC BY-NC-ND

I love 3D printing and I am thinking of selling some of my prints but most of my print models are downloaded from a website. 3D models came with Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0) ...
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Film based on CC BY-SA 3.0 content

If a film was based on text content under CC BY-SA 3.0 and released in theaters, would there be any way to stop people from ripping the film and uploading it to YouTube or similar content sharing ...
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Does the knowledge from a Creative Commons licensed work require attribution?

I have question about the popular Creative Commons licenses, but this question may also apply to other licenses. When somebody reads answers on a forum or other content licensed under a Creative ...
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Using copyrighted material falsely advertised as Creative Commons or public domain (in U.S.)

You're searching for images to use in a book you're working on. You find an image with a Creative Commons license on Wikipedia or some other website. So you use it, adding the proper attribution. But ...
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Can a government's open data license include a provision to not allow use that damages the “honor or reputation” of their agency as a moral right?

Moral rights are protected under CC BY 4.0 license and some countries are unable to revoke these rights in a license even if they want to. However, the provision to not allow reuse in a way that ...
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Private license within copyleft

Within a copyleft license is it possible to have a clause that would grant exclusive rights (=private license) for the same content to a company? I mean something liky CC-BY-SA plus "company X is ...
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How do I copyright songs under “Creative Commons?”

I have some songs that I want to to copyright. Some of them I want to copyright under "Creative Commons" and some I want to copyright under "All Rights Reserved." I know how to copyright songs, but ...
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What's the legal state of a data learnt from open-source datasets?

Is it legal to make a software to "learn" from open-source datasets like Freebase or WordNet and use it to build an open-source knowledge-base system? Freebase license (CC-BY) - Require credit and ...
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Is the output of a generator tool copyrighted? [GPL3 and CC BY-SA 3.0]

I am developing a game right now and wanted to use character sprites created by a generator under a GPL and CC BY-SA 3.0 license. In my understanding the GPL license does not cover the output of the ...
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Question about using Wikipedia content. About “CC-BY-SA” license. About its “Copyleft/Share Alike” part

What I want to do: Let's assume that there is article, on Wikipedia, that is under CC-BY-SA license. For exemple "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_pies,_tarts_and_flans". Assume next that I want ...
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Is creating a new GPS trace a derivative work while using GPS-based ADAS?

There is a database of precise GPS traces. A trace from this database can be used in an Advanced driver-assistance system to help keep the vehicle in its lane. The vehicle in question is driven by a ...
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Are different licenses legally binding and can any person/company sue another person/company for violating open source licence?

With "license" I am referring to the open source licences such as the Creative commons licence or other open-source software or hardware licenses such as MIT License or GNU License or CERN hardware ...