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Is CC-BY 4.0 attribution recursive?

I assume that by "Author B uses Work A to create Work B" you mean that Author B makes work B which is a copyright derivative of work A. Work C, then, is then a copyright derivative of both ...
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Is there any particular reason to license docs with CC BY 4.0 rather than MIT?

Is there any particular reason to license docs with CC BY 4.0 rather than MIT? The MIT license was originally designed primarily for software code (and its related documentation). The CC licenses ...
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Can a piece of writing created under CC-BY be translated for commercial purposes?

Yes, you can do this. In the following, I'm using CC-BY-4.0 terminology. The license's definition of Adapted Material explicitly includes translations. You are granted the right to produce and Share ...
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CC-BY "inheritance"?

If downstream users of your project distribute it without including attribution for the CC-BY-licensed work, they are in violation of the terms of that CC-BY-licensed work. This is an obligation that ...
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More permissive license after adapting CC-BY4.0?

Adapted works of CC-BY licensed works are not restricted to the same license. You may use any license for the adapted work, as long as proper attribution is preserved. However, you are using ...
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Where to place attribution details for Emojis in blog posts (CC BY 4.0)?

Creative Commons also has a wiki page with some best practices for attributing. On that page they say among other things Don't make it too complicated The license tells you to be reasonable: You may ...
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What should be taken into account when licensing software that generate video?

I license the code for an animation as GPLv3, but unless I state a license for the generated video, someone could take the code and sell the generated video. (Correct me if I'm wrong in this example) ...
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What does "retain an indication of any previous modifications" mean?

Let's say Acme Company release something under CC-BY. They put in a copyright line which looks something like (c) 2022 Acme Company I then modify that thing, and in accordance with the license ...
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cc-by derivative or original crediting for just a part of a 3D model?

If you take just a part of an original work to use in your work, it is good to be descriptive in your credits about using just a part of the original. To go with your foo-car example, the credits ...
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How can I anticipate a smooth transition to CC BY 5.0?

The CC-BY licenses are not copy-left. They do not require you to publish the content under the same license. The only big license condition is that you must provide proper attribution. Therefore, ...
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What is the way to handle a project that is a mix of software and non-software items?

Dual-licensing under MIT and CC-BY is a workable solution. Both licenses have the same basic goal of permitting reasonably unrestricted use while preserving authorship credit. They differ in the ...
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Can Wikidata which runs under CC-Zero incorporate CC BY content?

I'm not familiar with Wikidata, but I don't think this would be ok. When you go to create an article on Wikidata, you're met with this: By clicking "Create", you agree to the terms of use, and you ...
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DRM and "Licensed Rights" for works that contain material licensed under CC BY 4.0

In non-legal language, the terms of the CC-BY 4.0 are: You are free to: Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the ...
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Multi level license attribution problem

If you use A, which includes B, you need to follow the license of B insofar as you redistribute B as part of A. The authors of A can't legally give you the authority not to attribute B when you ...
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How to enforce CC-BY in data generated by a program, if I open-source that program as well?

There is a concept called database right. I am not sure whether this would apply in your case though - the idea behind database rights is to protect investment in creating the database, but if a user ...
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Where to place attribution details for Emojis in blog posts (CC BY 4.0)?

The README of the GitHub project you linked has an "Attribution requirements" section: As an open source project, attribution is critical from a legal, practical and motivational ...
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Employer IP release and open source published code

[...] Bob releases all software at employer A under CC-BY-4.0. This is justified because the code will be released as open source due to the nature of the field. No, this is not justified. The code ...
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Would a YouTuber fall in trouble for recording a walkthough of a Game that uses music licensed under CC BY 3.0?

This is entirely up to the person who owns the copyright on the music (which is nearly always the same person who you are required to attribute). If this person decides to make an issue of it, then ...
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Use of Creative Commons licenses by an anonymous user

The CC licenses – and copyright1 in general – allow the creator/artist/author to opt out of attribution. The creator can decide under which name or pseudonym they should be attributed, or whether they ...
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Whom to leave link credit while using CC BY images

The image in question is licensed under CC BY 2.0, which requires in section 4(b) [emphasis mine]: You must keep intact all copyright notices for the Work and give the Original Author credit ...
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Why does Creative Commons recommend not using CC-BY licenses for software?

The main reason why Creative Commons recommends against using CC licenses, including CC-BY, for software is probably license proliferation. Another issue is that, even for an apparently simple ...
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NPM - can I use module with MIT license, even if it requires submodule with CC-BY license?

I would like to use the packages I required in a project for commercial use. What are my obligations regarding the licenses? Are there any, as I've not required the non-permissive licensed modules ...
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What License can I use in my project if I use CC-BY/CC-0 Music?

Without knowing more details about the software you want to build I would argue, that the music is only data used by your program. As such neither your program is a derivative work of the music, nor ...
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Using CC-BY-SA (v3 and v4) content in YouTube video

If the site where you upload your work to requires you to select a license from a limited list of licenses and the license you want to (or are required to) use isn't in that list, then it is best to ...
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Use of multiple licenses in a single GitHub repo

So is it possible to do something like so, # the GitHub repo LICENSE_FOR_DATASET_A # contains AGPL 3.0 license LICENSE_FOR_DATASET_B # contains CC-BY-4.0 license README.md # other ...
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Can content licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 be redistributed under CC BY 4.0? If not, what are my options?

There are ultimately two distinct aspects here: copyright concerns and the terms of the CC BY-SA license academic practices If you want to include material which you did not author yourself into a ...
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What should be taken into account when licensing software that generate video?

I quote part of the FAQ of GNU licenses below: Is there some way that I can GPL the output people get from use of my program? For example, if my program is used to develop hardware designs, can I ...
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What License can I use in my project if I use CC-BY/CC-0 Music?

They are compatible with almost everything. When using CC-0 you have the right to do everything and when using CC-By you just need to give credits to the creator and point out changes. For example ...
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Multi level license attribution problem

Just my opinion: Because "You ... publicly digitally perform the Work" of B, you must attribute B. You can do that either by explicitly atributing B in your documentation, or by attributing A, even ...
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Attribution when using CC BY content in video

You must provide attribution in an appropriate way for the medium. If your video shows credits, you should also put the attribution there. Otherwise, I'd add a small but legible attribution note at ...
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