Software is regularly developed in support of both research and teaching at Stanford, and questions often arise regarding ownership, management, and potential distribution of that software.
Stanford’s Office of Technology Licensing (OTL) is responsible for managing the intellectual property assets of the University. While they are known for their licensing work related to patents, they also support students and faculty in commercializing copyrighted material, including software, where it is appropriate. In 2015, they published a guide, entitled the Creator’s Guide to Commercializing Copyrighted Work (https://otl.stanford.edu/documents/OTLCopyrightGuide.pdf), to assist creators in understanding the commercialization and distribution issues they will face in this effort.
OTL also offers other guidelines in relation to software, and is also available to respond to questions. Learn more on their website (http://otl.stanford.edu/inventors/inventors_software.html).
- Common situations
- Classroom use of material
- Data management plans & data sets
- Managing intellectual property across teams
- Course Management Systems & Online Readers
- Public online learning
- Public displays of movies & video
- Peer-to-peer file sharing
- Recording & broadcasting courses
- Social media & web tools for teaching
- Software development
- Stanford Profiles
- Recommended practices
- Copyright law overview
- Past Copyright Reminders