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Should we continue to accept software licensing questions?

Yes We currently have lots of great Q&A's that specifically address licensing. Questions about software licences are well within the purview of the Software Development Life-Cycle. We should ...
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When is a software licensing question on topic?

As a rule of thumb, questions are on topic if they are answerable by expert programmers, as opposed to expert lawyers. Additionally, here are some questions you can ask yourself to determine if your ...
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Should we continue to accept software licensing questions?

No The concept of licensing questions being on-topic has a long history. When the topicality of this site was first discussed, "software law" was originally on-topic. But this definition of legal ...
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Is there a consensus on Programmers Stack Exchange that programmers cannot authoritatively answer questions of copyright law?

The Help Center is about as authorative as it gets. Questions about software licenses are on-topic, legal assistance is off-topic. It's reasonable to assume that software developers are familiar with ...
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Reconciling "no legal advice" and "yes software licensing"

My understanding on legal/licensing questions has always been: If it can be reasonably and confidently answered by an experienced programmer, without needing to consult any actual lawyers, then it's ...
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Should we continue to accept software licensing questions?

I tend to agree, but I think my reasoning is more focused on pragmatism. In my eyes, this isn't so much about having a "clear and concise" scope (as you note in a comment). The motivation of an SE ...
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Popular, detailed, controversial answer on a legal topic deleted. Appropriate?

I think that amon's answer pretty much covers it, but as the moderator who deleted it, I wanted to walk through my process. The answer was brought to the attention of the mod team by flags. At least ...
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Popular, detailed, controversial answer on a legal topic deleted. Appropriate?

First of all, the question itself would be considered off topic under current rules. It is a detailed legal question about the AGPLv3 and not about really about software engineering. The question ...
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Is there a consensus on Programmers Stack Exchange that programmers cannot authoritatively answer questions of copyright law?

One other way to think about it is from a courtroom sense. Professional programmers can serve as experts about programming things, providing information about them, but no opinions about how they ...
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Answers that are technically not legal

As users it is not our job to police the content on this site in order to ensure that it conforms to every possible jurisdiction (this is, after all, an international audience). It is even less so our ...
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Is there a consensus on Programmers Stack Exchange that programmers cannot authoritatively answer questions of copyright law?

There's also the legal principal of "silence is consent". So if the PSE guidelines state that the consensus is that its users don't have that legal authority, and the users take action on that basis, ...
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