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9:05 AM
No. I’m saying that the answer is silly to imply that the change wasn’t vetted by company lawyers. It’s simply out of the question that this wasn’t done, and the suggestion makes it sound like the answerer has no idea what they’re talking about.
I have no idea what leaked emails you are speaking of.
And, just in case this wasn’t clear, I’m not endorsing the change, nor suggesting that it isn’t possibly illegal. All I’m saying is that the answer displays ignorance, echoed by the comment I was replying to.
 
 
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10:22 AM
As for whether a lawyer was consulted, well again I'm not as convinced as you but we will see! maybe. Personally I find it hard to believe they did consult a legal team, seeing as they went ahead with the change.
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5:05 PM
@Makyen "What "later version" appears to mean in CC BY-SA 3.0 is a later version of CC BY-SA 3.0." <- that would be a very unusual reading of the word "version". In general technical parlance, the phrase "CC BY-SA 3.0" would naturally be parsed as name="CC BY-SA" + version=3.0
as for "License Elements", that's a specifically defined term in the license:
> "License Elements" means the following high-level license attributes as selected by Licensor and indicated in the title of this License: Attribution, ShareAlike.
CC BY-SA 4.0 lists the same "License Elements":
> License Elements means the license attributes listed in the name of a Creative Commons Public License. The License Elements of this Public License are Attribution and ShareAlike.
it seems pretty clear to me that the following clause in CC BY-SA 3.0 means you can re-distribute the content under CC BY-SA 4.0:
> 4 (b) You may Distribute or Publicly Perform an Adaptation only under the terms of: ... (ii) a later version of this License with the same License Elements as this License;
reading again, the key is that that clause applies only to Adaptations
so the original Work cannot be unilaterally re-licensed under a newer version, but an Adaptation of it can be
 

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