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Copyright Reminder

Many common campus activities involve copyright, and so it is critical that all Stanford faculty, students and staff have a working understanding of copyright law as it impacts their daily lives.  The Stanford University Libraries provide this Copyright Reminder to ensure that all members of the Stanford community have access to that critical information.  The Copyright Reminder highlights common campus copyright concerns, and outlines the fundamental elements of US copyright law that apply in those situations.

Social media and web tools in teaching

Some courses can be enhanced by websites and collaboration tools. Preferably, these tools should be hosted by Stanford to reduce concerns regarding content ownership, confidentiality of student information, and web security.

Third-party tools and websites may be appropriate if no comparable Stanford tool exists. But be aware that many service providers require users to sign up for an account and agree to terms of use in exchange for use of the services. Faculty should review terms of use and pay attention to:

  • Content ownership concerns (e.g., are students required to give away or license their copyright interests in student-generated content?)
  • Privacy concerns (e.g., can students control the distribution of their own content?)
  • Content use for non-Stanford purposes (e.g., will the service provider keep a copy of the student-generated content for data-mining or other purposes?)

Faculty should notify students in the syllabus when third-party tools will be used in a course, and should also alert students to the terms of use. Faculty should work with students who are not comfortable agreeing to particular third-party terms--including, where possible, enabling a student to participate in the course without relying on the third-party tools. For more information, see this FAQ on Stanford's Secure Computing page.