Questions tagged [cc-by-sa]

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Why is CC BY-SA discouraged for code?

Everybody knows that you shouldn't use a CC BY-SA license on your code. Even the Creative Commons folk recommend against it. What I don't know or understand is why. I can't seem to find any ...
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Can I copy-paste a snippet from Stack Overflow into my GNU-GPL project?

I have found on Stack Overflow a 10-lines block of code that does exactly what I want. There is no license information in the post nor on the answerer's profile page, so the CC BY-SA 3.0 license of ...
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What counts as adaptation for using code licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 in software licensed under GPLv3?

Since 2015-10-08, GPLv3 is listed as one-way compatible license for CC BY-SA 4.0: […] you may license your contributions to adaptations of BY-SA 4.0 materials under GPLv3, but you may not license ...
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Must CC BY-SA be included for ideas and code taken from Stack Overflow?

I'm still unclear about licensing. If I have a project on Github that's licensed under GPL and found pseudocode on a Stack Overflow question, must I now dual license my code on Github and GPL as ...
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Relicensing content under CC-BY-SA

I have compiled a body of work from numerous contributors, who all licensed their individual works to me under CC-BY-SA version 3. Can I now instead redistribute their work under CC-BY-SA version 4?
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What do I need to share if I include CC-BY-SA artwork in my software?

CC-BY-SA is a Creative Commons license with a copyleft clause - if you derive something from it, you must also provide the derivative under the same license if you distribute it. The relevant clause ...
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Does the CC-BY-SA License require that source code of derivative works be shared?

For example, if I create a LaTeX file and license it with CC BY SA, can someone create a derivative work, but only publish the PDF, without giving out the derived LaTeX source code? Does this fall ...
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Can I use GPL v3 for source code and CC BY-SA v3 for comments?

I have some source code for which I am the copyright holder. I want to release it under the GPL, but when it was closed source, I copied a bunch of a stuff from Wikipedia for a couple of classes and ...
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Using Wiktionary data in mobile app

I'm planning a language app for mobile devices using data from Wiktionary. I'm planning on web-scraping the content and compiling it into a database that I'll package with my app. Most Wiktionary ...
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Can I “upgrade” the version of CC BY-SA from 3.0 to 4.0 in my modification?

What I'm doing: I'm adapting a work licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported license to a different language. I'm indicating the original work and its license. I'm indicating that I have made changes to ...
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Do Stack Exchange’s ToS mean that the user-generated content is double-licensed to them?

In the ToS of Stack Exchange sites, under the section Subscriber Content, the first sentence states that my submitted content is licensed (to Stack Exchange) under CC BY-SA 3.0: You agree that all ...
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What is the exact definition of an Adaptation under Creative Commons?

The text of the CC-BY-SA 3.0 license mentions the following: You may Distribute or Publicly Perform an Adaptation only under the terms of: (i) this License; (ii) a later version of this License ...
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Selling a book based on CC BY-SA

My company would like to make a book mostly adapted from CC-BY-SA licenced text. I understand this is legal if we distribute the adapted text under the same licence. But what if we add to the book our ...
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Creative Commons license CC BY-SA doesn't work for commercial content?

I'm puzzled by the "share-alike" clause in Creative Commons license. This license allows free commercial use but "require[s] [] adaptations of the work to be released under the same or similar license ...
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Can I adapt a CC-BY-SA licensed webpage to host rights-reserved copyrighted content?

I think the inverse of What do I need to share if I include CC-BY-SA artwork in my software?. Some webpages, such as Code for America are licensed under CC-BY-SA. If I want to adapt the code for this ...
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Can I sell charge a code that link/use a library released as Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International CC BY-SA 4.0?

I wrote a code that use a library release under CC BY-SA 4.0 (Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International). As far as I understand, if I cite them and release the source code as well with my code I can ...
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In which cases must I relicense my product under the CC BY-SA license?

Because copyright law can encompass a huge range of scenarios and be unclear to talk about in abstract terms, I'm going to give concrete examples. I understand CC BY is a permissive license. All it ...
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Can I include an image covered by CC Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 in a deck for a paid online course?

I would like to include this picture from Wikimedia into a deck that I am using to film a paid course on Udemy. The image was created by Elizabeth Goodspeed and covered by CC BY-SA 4.0 While I ...
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Can I embed proprietary content in a CC BY-SA website?

I would like to build a free open-source copylefted personal website under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license (or a similar such license). However, I would like to still be able to ...
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Using code from Wikipedia

I have some code for an algorithm that is published on Wikipedia. Can I use that code in a commercial software? Or would this mean that I would introduce a viral license and would have to share my ...
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Is there an official guideline from Creative Commons on how a CC-BY-SA 3.0 website could “upgrade” to CC-BY-SA 4.0?

It looks like Creative Commons only allows a relicensing from CC-BY-SA 3.0 to CC-BY-SA 4.0 for derivative works: You may Distribute or Publicly Perform an Adaptation only under the terms of: (i) ...