Thursday, February 27, 2014

Wants to Use Steve Jobs Speech

Dear Rich: We would like to use the transcript for the Steve Jobs commencement speech at Stanford University, June 2005 in a lesson at school (6th grade). Can we photocopy the transcript and distribute it to students (to write and make notes on) without getting permission? If we do need permission, who do we ask? Steve Jobs' estate, Stanford? We're unclear whether the Estate of Steve Jobs or Stanford University owns the rights. (The video (above) and text reproduction both provide copyright attribution to Stanford so perhaps the rights were assigned or licensed to the university.) It's likely that your reproduction qualifies as a fair use but in any case, whoever holds copyright probably won't chase after a sixth grade teacher spreading Jobs' message of self examination and spiritual innovation.

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