Stanford University (and others) usually publish slides/lecture notes on the corresponding websites.

For instance, this one: http://cs229.stanford.edu/

If I teach a course in the same topic, can I just use the slides/lecture notes? Do I need to acquire permission?

I will keep the name of Stanford on the slides and clearly stated that the slides are made by Stanford professors.


  • You need a license (from the copyright holder, here most likely Stanford University) to directly use their slides/parts of their slides or to make derivative use.

    • If the slides are publish under a license that allows you to reuse them, you're fine.
      Examples would be CC0, CC BY, CC BY-SA, CC BY-ND (careful with -NC variants, they may not be sufficient for your purpose, e.g. in my country already putting ads on a web site with a blog so it earns the server costs makes that blog commercial)

    • You can ask Stanford whether they allow you to use the slides (i.e., grant you a licence)

  • You can always use the ideas behind the slides as inspiration to create your own slides.

    • Be careful since derivative works of their slides/images/diagrams need a license, see above.
    • Your slides need to constitute a new work of your own.
    • Example of inspiration: "It'a really good idea to point out the 'sample focus' change from LDA/QDA over LR to SVM" - then make your own slide on that topic.
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