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if a JQuery plugin is released under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license, can it be used as part of a closed source commercial web application which is not redistributed, just accessible on the web?

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The license says:

Notice — For any reuse or distribution, you must make clear to others the license terms of this work. The best way to do this is with a link to this web page.

So just make a link to the website and you'll be fine.

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It also says "you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one". And one could easily consider using it in a webapp as some kind of distribution of a resulting work. –  user532717 Nov 24 '11 at 9:54
    
yeah, so if you make a comment in your code containing the link to the website, that'll do. I'm no lawyer, so cant judge how the legal mumbojumbo works with these licenses. –  Jan Dragsbaek Nov 24 '11 at 9:55
    
Also I'd contact the original author and hint to him/her that CC is ill-suited for source code and it is actually discouraged to use it. –  XQYZ Jun 22 '12 at 13:56
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