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.
DMCA and access control
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) prohibits the circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works (i.e., digital rights management technologies). Until recently, that prohibition even prevented circumventing such measures to access only a small portion that would be justified under the Fair Use Doctrine (e.g., a clip of a film). In 2010 and 2012, the Librarian of Congress has recognized that circumvention to access small portions for educational or accessibility uses by college and university professors and students is acceptable, and will no longer be subject to the prohibition.