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Discussion on: Do you copy and paste code from Stack Overflow?

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Jan Wedel

Wow, I actually searched the page once for license information a couple of years ago. Did that change (I guess not)? Plus, we had some OSS legal consultant that told us, SO falls under copyright laws and we must not copy/paste anything because of legal issues...
So, thanks a lot for correcting my statement, that’s very important!

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Ben Sinclair Author

Sebastian Baltes has a couple of links about this below that I thought were interesting:

You may find our article about Stack Overflow code snippets in GitHub projects interesting, which has recently been published in Springer's Empirical Software Engineering journal [1]. Beside some information about Stack Overflow's license, we report on an online survey with developers about their awareness regarding Stack Overflow's licensing and its implications (spoiler: they are often not aware of the implications). I also wrote a blog post [2] summarizing some of the results.