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.
Social media and web tools in teaching
Collaboration tools can enhance the learning environment, but it is important to ensure that any tool used in teaching is compliant with FERPA, the Federal law governing the management of student records. These tools can also raise concerns related to web security, content ownership, and confidentiality.
- Content ownership concerns (e.g., are students required to give away or license their copyright interests in student-generated content to the service?)
- Privacy concerns (e.g., can students control the distribution of their own student-generated content?)
- Use of the content for non-Stanford purposes (e.g., will the service provider keep a copy of the student-generated content for data-mining or other non-Stanford related purposes?)