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Does the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike licence allow you to specify exactly how attribution must be given?

Prompted by this Meta Stack Exchange discussion Stack Exchange uses the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license for user contributions. But in the footer of every page is a link ...
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Does CC BY-SA permit denial of attribution if the requested pseudonym is political?

According to CC-BY-SA 4.0, § 3(a)(1), "Attribution. If You Share the Licensed Material (including in modified form), You must: [...] retain the following if it is supplied by the Licensor with ...
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Is it illegal for a firm to train an AI model on a CC BY-SA 4.0 corpus and make a commercial use of it without distributing the model under CC BY-SA?

https://meta.stackexchange.com/q/388551/178179 mentions that SE will force some firms to pay to be allowed to train an AI model on the SE data dump (CC BY-SA licensed) and make a commercial use of it ...
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Do I have to name all editors when reusing text from Wikipedia and SE?

Wikipedia writes that You should not cite any particular author or authors for a Wikipedia article, in general. Wikipedia is collaboratively written. However, if you do need to find the list of ...
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Can I modify the YouTube licenses in order to make a YouTube video about SO Content?

I would like to create a YouTube video about content from StackOverflow. The licenses of SO do not seem to be compatible with the two licenses offered by YouTube as described in an answer here. The ...
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Restrictions on machine learning models trained on materials licensed with creative commons

My question is somewhat similar to this one, but I am interested in a case where there is no explicit allowance for models that are unable to reconstruct their training data. To be concrete let's ...
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Requirement of attribution when reusing Wikipedia articles licensed under CC BY-SA

All of Wikipedia's content is licensed under the CC BY-SA, and Wikipedia encourages fulfilling the attribution requirement for CC BY-SA by linking to the original Wikipedia article, which contains a ...
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Would a user of the Stack Exchange API be liable for re-publishing copyright infringing data?

Data obtained from the Stack Exchange API is cc-wiki licensed. This license explicitly encourages the user of the API to copy, redistribute, remix and transform the data obtained from the API for any ...
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Creating an application to streamline Dungeons and Dragons

I've been working on an application that would streamline the average Dungeons and Dragons 5e tabletop experience, and it only recently occurred to me that doing so may infringe on copyrights. ...
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Can an artist revoke his Creative Commons [CC] content?

Let's say an artist released a photo under a CC licence (for concreteness let's assume the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International). You find the photo interesting and save it for later use, ...
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Does a Creative Commons license allow me to record a cover of a song recording?

If I find a musical sound recording that is licensed under a Creative Commons (CC) license, can I record and distribute my own cover of the song? (Assuming the particular CC license does not carry the ...
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Authorship in work dedicated to the public domain

I want to dedicate a work I created to the Public Domain using Creative Commons CC0 PD Dedication, and I was wondering how the fact that I'm the author of the work is affected. I understand that ...
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How can Crabs Adjust Humidity be legal?

Crabs Adjust Humidity is, as its makers describe it, "a crappy little third-party, unofficial, unauthorized expansion card set" for the wildly-popular game known as Cards Against Humanity. Personally,...
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Requirements for Creative Commons Images Attribution - Website

When I use a photo licensed under Creative Commons (from Flickr) on a website I make, what is the required way to give attribution? Assuming the license allows commercial use and changes with ...
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Does a Creative Commons license permit tracing of a licensed artwork if derivatives are permitted?

Background If an artist releases their artwork under a Creative Commons license, they have the option to permit a user of the work to create derivatives of said work. Assuming the artist uses the ...
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Can I release someone else's work under creative commons or some other license, if its fair use?

Okay, let's say a website has some content. You can take a small amount, what would usually constitute fair use, and incorporate into a larger work. You know put this under a creative commons license ...
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Is something including an unmodified work considered a derivative work?

Let's say I want to publish a book which contains an extract of a Wikipedia article. I don't want to modify the extract in any way, I just want to copy it into my book. Wikipedia text seems to be ...
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Does the originality requirement within U.S. copyright law mean that some Stack Overflow code snippets are not copyrightable?

I understand that code on Stack Overflow is licensed under a CC BY-SA 4.0 license, and that fair use doctrine may not apply to code snippets. I also recognize that it is ideal to rewrite code posted ...
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Can StackExchange restrict access to its content?

We are having a lot of fun at StackExchange sites and creating a huge base of knowledge. However, one sad day we may wake up and see that: SE can be only accessed by predefined set of people (for ...
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Are copyright licenses as binding as some particular rules stated by the creator of intellectual property?

I have a somewhat general question about copyright licenses but that can be more easily understood with an example. Imagine that I wished to apply a Creative Commons license (CC) to work that I ...
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Is it legal for IEEE to sell Creative Commons content?

Aaron Swartz was working on a book before he committed suicide in 2013. The draft was later published under a Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-SA) license. It can be downloaded for free from tons of sites ...
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I'm writing a book and ask for help on Worldbuilding Stack Exchange. Does my book become CC-BY-SA because I used an answer from WB.SE?

The following question is similar to If I include an unmodified CC-BY-SA work in a book, does the whole book have to be CC-BY-SA?, but there is a contextual difference I believe is unique enough to ...
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Abuse of DMCA for content licensed under CC BY and recourse

There was a video of a county's legislative session posted by their authorized film company posted on YouTube under CC BY. A guy then downloaded it and reposted it on his YouTube channel with ...
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Retraction right in France vs. Creative Commons

Creative Commons (CC) licenses are known to be irrevocable. The documentation even contains a paragraph named "What if I change my mind about using a CC license ?". Recently, I have encountered that ...
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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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Do I own derivatives of my music if I released it under CC without the SA provision?

If I release music under the Creative Commons 4.0 license, without the ShareAlike provision (CC-BY-NC), do I still have the right to use derivatives of my own music however I want, as the creator of ...
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Is it possible to have a CC-SA turn into a CC-ND

I'm trying to license images in a way that allows the original image to be modified, but then not being able to make second derivative based off the original derivative (CC Clauses that aren't shown ...
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Host a public wiki website: how to make every contributors' content to be licensed under CC-SA automatically?

I'm trying to host a wiki website which is similar to Wikipedia: all contents licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Besides putting a footnote at each page to explicitly ...
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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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Is it necessary to audibly announce a copyright notice when using music licensed under Creative Commons Attribution?

I would like to use music licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) as on-hold music; however, the only way to provide attribution would be to announce a copyright notice ...
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Is it possible to license only parts of a derivative work?

This is kind of a follow-up question to one I asked earlier. I thought that if I generalize it, it would be better to ask it separately. I want to create a derivative work of another work, which is ...
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How can free licenses such as GNU and CC apply to me when I did not sign them?

In the GNU GPL v2, the 5th paragraph is written as : You are not required to accept this License, since you have not signed it. However, nothing else grants you permission to modify or ...
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If I post my own code to Stack Overflow, can I then use that code in a project that uses a license other than CC-BY-SA?

Suppose that I have a block of code that represents my own original work (i.e. I am the copyright holder), and that I would like to post this code on Stack Overflow--either to answer someone else's ...
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Is it legal to download and modify videos from YouTube licensed under creative Commons?

I want to download and modify YouTube videos (licensed under creative Commons) programmatically and further use it for commercial purpose on other sites. Is it legal to do so ? Please provide ...
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Re: "Our mass infringement", is LearnHub doing anything illegal?

On meta ELU, there's a question: Mass infringement of our copyright, which goes on about how some SE sites are being "scraped"; cut and pasted with no attribution, to sites such as LearnHub.org. From ...
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Creative commons attribution and GDPR

When using content released under an open licence such as creative commons, it might be required to provide attribution to the author. For instance, if I were to use this image from Wikimedia Commons ...
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Creative Commons NonCommercial content - limits on income possibilities?

We're building a website that allows users to find fun things to do and, among other things, to read articles about some of these things, but also to write their own. In order to have some of these ...
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How do Creative Commons licences WITHOUT the Share-Alike attribute work? Can derivate works only be more restrictive, or what?

I don't understand how CC licenses without the attribute Share-Alike are supposed to work. Ok, you can "share differently", but differently how? You can be more liberal? Doesn't make sense, as this ...
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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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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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What does "No additional restrictions" of the CC-BY license mean when selling a product

I'm struggling with this part of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license: No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that ...
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Attribution in Stack Overflow

Please Read this: The MIT License – Clarity on Using Code on Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange All the content in Stack Overflow and other Stack Exchange (even this question) is under Creative ...
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Can I port something distributed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States license?

I'm a software engineer and I'd like to port (translate) a library from programming language A to programming language B. The library is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-...
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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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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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Can work licensed under a Creative Commons license WITHOUT ShareAlike attribute be republished UNADAPTED without the CC license?

If I license a work under Creative Commons and do not apply the ShareAlike (SA) attribute, can someone else re-publish the UNADAPTED work without the license or with another license? All I find about ...
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Creative commons license vs copyright, who wins?

There's an image of a pokeball (from Pokemon, which is owned by Nintendo) that I found online. It has a creative commons license 3.0. Could I sell this image without being sued by Nintendo? The ...
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Is summarizing copyrighted content by an AI "fair use"? [duplicate]

Stack Exchange has announced that it will introduce as a preview a new form of a question asking assistance: Through an updated semantic search experience, after a user searches or asks a question in ...
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Copying a parody of a movie using a fan's 3D model

I really like a board game. This game includes artistic references (as parody) to a well-known movie. I wanted to improve the pieces of the board game (which were 2-dimensional) to augment my own ...
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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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