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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.

Request permission where needed

If an exception such as Fair Use or Face-to-Face is not clearly available, you must get permission to use a copyrighted work from the owner of the copyright holder.  A request to use copyrighted material usually can be sent to the permission department of the work's publisher.  Allow four to six weeks for a request to be processed.  Permission requests should contain:

  • Title, author and/or editor, and edition
  • Exact material to be used
  • Number of copies you plan to make
  • Intended use of the material (e.g., educational)
  • Form of distribution (e.g., hard copy to classroom, posted on Internet with password protection)
  • Whether material will be sold (e.g., as part of a course reader)

When copyright clearance is needed in an online course, you may also be able to use the SIPX service (