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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. 

Classroom use of media

The 1997 Conference on Fair Use established guidelines for educators incorporating portions of lawfully acquired copyrighted works into their own educational multimedia programs.  While these are guidelines only, and not mandated by law, they provide a good starting point for assessing whether your use of media qualifies as Fair Use.  The recommended guidelines are:

  • No more than 10% or 3 minutes (whichever is less) of motion-based works;
  • No more than 10% or 30 seconds (whichever is less) of a song or video;
  • No more than 10% of a text; and
  • Entire photographs or illustrations may be used provided that no more than 10% or 15 images (whichever is less) come from any one source.

These guidelines apply to in-class presentations that will not be posted on the public Internet.  They do not apply to any presentation that is to be posted onto the Internet or sold commercially.  Posting to the Internet even a single copyrighted image within a presentation, such as a political cartoon, may not be a fair use.  For publicly displayed content, refer to the Stanford Public Online Course Guidelines.