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Does CC BY-SA permit denial of attribution if the requested pseudonym is political?

I don't see how. Remember that a license is a contract where the author gives permission to copy (modify, redistribute, remix, etc) a copyrighted work, provided that the licensee fulfills the stated ...
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Do I have to name all editors when reusing text from Wikipedia and SE?

Wikipedia is the Licensor who are granting you the license, thus in the text you quoted: You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor the manner specified by ...
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Do I own derivatives of my music if I released it under CC without the SA provision?

No you don't. There are two copyright holders regarding the derivative work: yourself, for creating the original. the other artist, for creating the modified version. The other artist has received ...
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Can I modify the YouTube licenses in order to make a YouTube video about SO Content?

TL;DR: Technically, the SO and YouTube licenses are (probably) incompatible, so if you want to use copyrightable elements from SO in a YouTube video, you'll have to get permission from the original ...
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Creating an application to streamline Dungeons and Dragons

I know that some of this may be covered by either the Creative Commons license or the OGL it was published under, but it's not clear to me how far those freedoms extend. It was all published as ...
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Authorship in work dedicated to the public domain

PD means you have no rights No as in not a single right. CC0/PD means they can do anything legally: they can take the work, make a trivial edit and put their name on it [at least in addition] and you ...
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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?

united-states The flowchart included in the question is trying to summarize a rather large amount of legal uncertainty into one image. It must be emphasized that each decision point represents an ...
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Are copyright licenses as binding as some particular rules stated by the creator of intellectual property?

In principle, every single copyright license allows someone to do something that plain copyright law wouldn't allow them to do. Very often there are conditions: They are allowed to do X, which plain ...
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Would a user of the Stack Exchange API be liable for re-publishing copyright infringing data?

Yes, he's liable. A Partial Copy of a Fair Use is not necessarily Fair Use Content that is used with Fair Use on Stack Exchange isn't necessarily used with Fair Use in the website that uses the data ...
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Do I own derivatives of my music if I released it under CC without the SA provision?

No, you do not The answer by user amon is correct that there are always two copyrights involved with any derivative work. The copyright of the author (creator) of that work, and the copyright of the ...
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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?

Placing a work which uses idea suggested in a Stack Exchange post under a CC-BY-SA license is not required Copyright law is clear: copyright does not in any case protect an idea or a method of ...
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Creating an application to streamline Dungeons and Dragons

So as a general rule, one may not copyright game mechanics, so you are covered in that regard as making an inititive tracker, a dice roller, and even a sheet that will roll the dice and apply preset ...
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Does a Creative Commons license permit tracing of a licensed artwork if derivatives are permitted?

The minimum CC-BY permits tracing and requires attribution. None of the six CC license types seems to specifically distinguish between tracing and other methods of creating a derivative work, so I don'...
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Is it legal for IEEE to sell Creative Commons content?

A document can be distributed under more than one license. Just because it has been made available under a CC license for free, doesn't mean that IEEE can't negotiate a different license with ...
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What is an appropriate CC license, if any, for work I may wish to re-use commercially in the future?

A licence is your permission for others to use the work within the specific terms of the licence. You never license yourself, you license someone else or someone else license you. If you are the sole ...
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Is it possible to have a CC-SA turn into a CC-ND

No CC is a license that can not be altered by a licensor and still be CC in the first place, so you can not distribute your item under an altered CC license that flops from CC-SA to CC-ND. CC-SA is a ...
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How can Crabs Adjust Humidity be legal?

The "Crabs" game can be legal if it is seen as a form of parody. That is one of the forms of "fair use" that allows copying (within limits). This is to allow the use of limited amounts of copying for ...
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What is difference between CC0 and Creative Commons Public Domain?

There are jurisdictions that do not allow authors to place their work in the public domain, such as Germany. Main reason is the strict monistic approach the German copyright law bases on. Key ...
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Can StackExchange restrict access to its content?

StackExchange probably has no obligation to continue to provide the content, however StackExchange probably cannot stop copies from continuing to be used, reproduced, etc. from the Terms of Service (...
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Licensing an idea to public?

You are correct that it is quite expensive to patent something in U.S. law. Under U.S. patent law, once an idea is publicly published, if no one else has a patent application for the same idea that ...
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Would a user of the Stack Exchange API be liable for re-publishing copyright infringing data?

united-kingdom Not necessarily. The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 has:— The copyright in a work is infringed by a person who, without the licence of the copyright owner, (a) possesses in ...
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Does a Creative Commons license permit tracing of a licensed artwork if derivatives are permitted?

Yes, CC-BY and CC-BY-SA both permit tracing. However, one important detail not clearly noted in the other answers so far is that legally a tracing is a derivative work, and both CC-BY and CC-BY-SA ...
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Creative commons license vs copyright, who wins?

If the "Pokeball" image is copyrighted and/or a trademark of Nintendo/whoever makes the Pokemon games, then whoever put that image out there under CC 3.0 BY is in violation and can be sued and will ...
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Can I release someone else's work under creative commons or some other license, if its fair use?

Yes, you can grant any license you want to your larger work. With respect to Creative Commons, they provide guidance: May I apply a CC license to my work if it incorporates material used under ...
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Can StackExchange restrict access to its content?

Numbers 1, 2, 3 are certainly possible. However, Stack Exchange regularly posts a data dump of all user-created content. This dump is licensed under a Creative Commons license, which is not ...
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Creative commons for erotic purpose

Assuming that the images are in fact released by the copyright holder under the CC_BY 2.0 license, and not under the CC_BY_NC or CC_BY_SA license, you are free to use the image on a book cover. That ...
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