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Copyright Reminder

Copyright and intellectual property issues are a part of the fabric of research and scholarly communications, and thus all Stanford faculty, students and staff need a working understanding of copyright law as it impacts their daily lives. The Copyright Reminder, which highlights common campus copyright concerns and outlines fundamental elements of US copyright law, is distributed annually to ensure that the Stanford community remains aware of those issues.

First sale

The owner of a lawfully obtained copy of a copyrighted work may dispose of that copy (lend, rent, sell, give-away, or throw away) without permission of the copyright owner.  Under the first-sale doctrine, a faculty member could lend out his copy of a book or a DVD to students in his class. This exception does not apply to recorded music, and many software licenses prohibit the use of the first-sale doctrine.