Copyright + Licensing Courses

Copyrightlaws.com: Providing copyright law education for the non-lawyer.

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Copyrightlaws.com offers online, e-tutorials, webinars, and in-person training. The training is developed and led by copyright lawyer and author Lesley Ellen Harris and provides a balanced non-biased view on copyright and licensing.

The training has a practical approach teaching participants to manage their own copyright and licensing issues and ensure copyright compliance. There are a variety of training/courses from self-paced to e-tutorial lessons to interactive and assignment-based.

See below for our current offerings to help you protect content + reduce risk. eLearning consists of eTutorials, webinar courses and self-study courses. Sign up for our email newsletter for upcoming sessions that apply to you.

“The course materials are remarkably free of legal or technical jargon, and are therefore eminently readable and easy to absorb. Even court cases are used sparingly, and only when they help to clarify a point…aims to achieve a balance between explaining the law and giving enough detail in order to also be able to understand the intricacies of the existing law.”

June 2015

Best Practices for Copyright Compliance

One-day, onsite course held at the SLA Annual Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. Covers managing the use of copyright-related issues in libraries and organizations. Practical and hands-on – learn how to comply with copyright law. Receive credit towards the Certificate in Copyright Management. Offered in conjunction with Special Libraries Association (SLA) June 12, 2015.

Copyright Literacy in your Organization

One-day, onsite course held at the SLA Annual Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. Includes information necessary to institute enterprise-wide copyright education. Receive credit towards the Certificate in Copyright Management. Offered in conjunction with Special Libraries Association (SLA.) June 13, 2015.

September 2015

Demystifying Copyright: How to Educate Your Staff and Community

A 4-week e-course that offers guidance in developing a copyright education plan, assessing materials, content, and technology in order to equip an instruction team for your institution, and so much more. Following copyright best practices can protect your institution from cease-and-desist letters, time-draining threats, and lawsuits. The first step is to develop an effective and practical copyright education plan. This e-course provides just that. Offered in conjunction with the American Library Association. August 31–September 15, 2015.

Canadian Copyright Law

A 16 e-lesson eTutorial course which is a primer/refresher on Canadian copyright law. Includes information on recent amendments to the Canadian Copyright Act and June 2012 Supreme Court of Canada court decisions. Each eTutorial has a text lecture, further resources and a self-marking quiz. Syllabus. Register. September 16 –October 7, 2015.

October 2015

Becoming the Copyright Specialist in Your Library

Four self-study modules including online discussions with colleagues and instructor/moderator. Are you the GO TO person for copyright law and licensing issues in your library? This Moodle-based course will inform you about the copyright librarian’s responsibilities and how to gain the confidence to be that copyright specialist. Offered in conjunction with the American Library Association. October 5 – October 30, 2015.

Developing a Copyright Policy or Guidelines

The 8 eTutorials in this course will lead you through the process of developing a Copyright Policy or Guidelines. Complete the assignments and at the end of the course you will have a draft Copyright Policy or Guidelines in hand. Syllabus. Register. October 14 – 30, 2015.

Canadian Copyright Essentials

This online course covers principles in Canadian copyright law, including the Canadian Copyright Act, the Copyright Modernization Act and important court cases. Learn the criteria for copyright protection (e.g., originality and fixation), what works are protected, how to protect copyrighted works and more. Register. September 24 – October 12, 2015.

November 2015

eTutorial: U.S. Copyright Law for Canadians – NEW

This eTutorial discusses issues in U.S. copyright law that are important and relevant to Canadians. The eTutorial consists of 4 e-lessons and a comprehensive self-marking quiz. Learn the essentials of U.S. copyright law in one week. Syllabus. Register. November 12 – 18, 2015.

January 2016

Copyright Management Roles for Librarians and Information Professionals

This course, offered online in January, is an introduction to the principles of copyright law shared around the world, and how to manage copyright and licensing issues faced on a day-to-day basis in our global marketplace. It also sets the groundwork for those enrolled in the Certificate in Copyright Management program. Register. Live Online Course: January 19 – February 1, 2016.

February 2016

U.S. Copyright Essentials

This online course covers the principles of U.S. copyright law, including the U.S. Copyright Act and court cases. Learn the background and composition of U.S. Copyright Law along with the criteria for copyright protection, what works are protected, how to protect copyright works (e.g., registration and copyright notice requirements) ownership, and more. Register. February 8 – 22, 2016.

March 2016

Global Copyright Essentials (On Demand)

This on-demand course is comprised of self-study materials including voiced-over slides, readings, written assignments, and an end-of-course assessment (10-question multiple choice quiz). All coursework must be completed within one calendar month. Register.

Copyright Essentials for Content Creation and Distribution

This online course is a primer on copyright and licensing principles that are of specific interest to authors and publishers. We will explore the relevant copyright and licensing issues for content creators and distributors, and you will learn how to protect and distribute your content domestically and around the world. Register. March 7 – 21, 2016.

April 2016

Copyright Management Roles for Librarians and Info Pros (On Demand)

This course offered on demand in April, is an introduction to the principles of copyright law shared around the world, and how to manage copyright and licensing issues faced on a day-to-day basis in our global marketplace. It also sets the groundwork for those enrolled in the Certificate in Copyright Management program. Register. April 1 – 30, 2016.

Copyright Law for Librarians and Information Professionals

This online course covers copyright issues specifically for libraries and information centers of all kinds. We will also examine copyright issues that directly relate to the work of special librarians and information professionals. Register. April 4 – 18, 2016.

May 2016

Copyright Solutions for the Digital Age

This online course covers copyright issues relating to digital content and social media. Topics covered include copyright protection in digital v. traditional works, determining whether a digital work is protected by copyright, ownership of online content, licensing and more. Register. May 2 – 16, 2016.

June 2016

Copyright Literacy in Your Organization

This onsite course covers the issues necessary to institute enterprise-wide copyright education. Topics include: Instituting enterprise-wide copyright education, being aware of a print or digital copyright issue (i.e., when a red flag should arise), sensitizing others in your enterprise about copyright management, and much more. Register. Philadelphia, June 10th. Boston, June 13th, 2016.

Best Practices for Copyright Compliance

This onsite course covers issues in managing the use of copyright-protected materials. Topics include the meaning of “managing” the use of copyright-protected materials, how to avoid copyright infringement lawsuits, copyright risk management and more. Register. Philadelphia, June 11th. Boston, June 12th.

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Certificate in Copyright Management

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“The e-lessons in the course, Managing Copyright Issues, were very clear and easy to understand – despite the complexity of the issues. I would definitely recommend this course to others.”

– Jody Gripp, Tacoma Public Library, Washington State

10 Comments

  1. Lesley says:

    Hi Ashanti, I’m not familiar with VA entitlements but perhaps you could let them know about the various copyright classes at http://www.copyrightlaws.com and ask if any would be acceptable.

  2. Ashanti N XCooper says:

    Hello,
    I am want to use my VA Vocational Rehabilitation entitlement for copyright class. What is best way for someone find a acceptable course for VA

  3. Lesley says:

    Hi Karen, the Canadian eTutorial will be held again either in the Spring or Fall or possibly both – please stay tuned for the dates that will be posted on this site. If you have a group of people interested in the eTutorial, we can also schedule it for your group.

  4. Karen Loch says:

    Can you please tell me if the eTutorial for Canadian Copyright Law: Canada Hits the Reset Button will be held again this winter or spring? Thanks.

  5. Lesley says:

    Hi Marg, please try again. It should work now. Thanks for your interest.

  6. Marg says:

    Hi Lesley,
    I’d like to register for your “Canadian Copyright Law: Canada Hits the Reset Button” eTutorial course starting in January but when I click on the “Register” button, I get a message that says pricing options are not available yet….check back later. Is there another way to register?

  7. Lesley says:

    Hi Genevieve, the eTutorial on Canadian Copyright Law covers the amendments to the Canadian Copyright Act as well as recent court cases. Much has changed in Canadian copyright law during 2012; the eTutorial covers all of Canadian copyright law so that you’ll have an overview of how the law now works, whether it’s “old” or “new” law, and the newer elements will be in context. All the amendments to the Copyright Act are highlighted in the e-lessons so that you can distinguish yourself between what’s new in the Act.

  8. Genevieve Bowman says:

    Hi Lesley, You currently have a eTutorial on Canadian Copyright Law (16 e-lessons) that is under offer for January, 2013. You have had this available for a while, now that the Moderization Act is in effect will you update this course or offer a new one that deals strictly with how the changes effect Copyright in Canada, or is there substantial information on the changes in this current course offereing? Also, does this course go into how the Supreme Court decisions have effected local decision making?

  9. Lesley says:

    Hi Hermes, check under COURSES above to see upcoming courses. Most courses offered you will receive a certificate of completion. You may also join the Certificate in Copyright Management program, see http://www.clickuniversity.com.

  10. Hermes Hernandez says:

    I had a training as a copyright representative a few years ago…how to do it again by mail an get a certification…

    Truly yours

    Hermes Hernandez
    914-207-6847

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