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.
Penalties for misuse
Penalties for copyright infringement can be harsh. Fines of up to $150,000 in civil statutory damages may apply for each separate willful infringement, regardless of the actual damages involved. Stanford may also take administrative action against copyright infringement, including loss of networking privileges and SUNet ID, or disciplinary action up to and including termination for faculty and staff, and expulsion for students.