Clarify the ownership and license of code snippets
It appears that all of the code snippets posted on StackOverflow are also licensed with cc-wiki. There are many folks for whom the viral nature of share-alike will make StackOverflow anathema. As well, I don't want to have a separate license relationship with each poster here.
Can this be clarified? I suggest a couple of steps:
- Pick a non-viral open source license.
- Make users agree that all of the code posted here belongs to SO.
- Add an FAQ entry that says "we own all the code here, and you can use it under XYZ license".
I would hope that people are not posting giant blocks of code at SO, making it more of a quote / fair use type situation.
That's a sticky issue. If you have reasons to be concerned about licensing issues, a FAQ change or even a click-through agreement will not be enough to solve your problem. Stack Overflow can't promise you posted code is "legal for you to use", because it cannot guarantee that the poster owns the rights to the posted code to begin with. Beware of anything larger than a quoted snippet.