Copyright, licenses and access restrictions


Can I deposit content for which I do not hold copyright?
Yes, provided you have permission from the copyright holder to do so. The SDR Terms of Deposit addresses third party content. Be sure to review these terms (PDF) to ensure you can agree to them as required before depositing in the SDR. See Understanding the SDR Terms of Deposit for more information.

What are the license options that SDR supports?
Refer to the SDR license options page for details on the wide range of supported licenses, including Creative Commons licensesOpen Data Commons licenses, and an expanded list of software licenses. 

Can I apply a license at the file level?
No, the system currently facilitates licensing at the item level only. To indicate a file-level license within a deposited item, we offer two possible work-arounds: a depositor can add an annotation about a file-specific license in the file label and/or embed license information in the file itself.

Can I restrict access to content deposited in the SDR?
Yes, you can restrict access to a Stanford-only audience.  Generally speaking, the SDR is not a "dark archive" for private content; the intention is to promote sharing of deposited content for scholarly use.  

Can I deposit data containing sensitive information, such as patient records, student records, or financial information? 
High Risk Data, as defined in the Stanford Information Security Office's Risk Classifications, must be anonymized, masked or cleansed before deposit in SDR. Data classified as Low Risk or Moderate Risk can be deposited in SDR. 

Is there a “take down” policy?
Requests to take down, and effectively remove online access to, content in the SDR are considered by the University Librarian’s office. You can submit a request by email.  See also the University's page on copyright complaints.