USC is a 5 e-lesson eTutorial that demystifies U.S. copyright law. It includes a comparison of U.S. and Canadian Copyright Law and how the countries follow international copyright norms.
Each e-lesson provides up-to-date information on the topics listed, sets out fundamentals for that topic, and provides URLs for further reading. FAQs on how eTutorials work.
1. Overview of U.S. Copyright Law
- History of U.S. Copyright
- Protected Content
- Derivative Works
- Publication, Notice and Registration
2. Determining Ownership
- Authorship and Ownership
- Works Made for Hire
- Government Works
- Orphan Works
3. Duration and Rights
- Duration of Copyright
- Works Made for Hire
- Complexities of Determining Copyright Duration
- Rights of the Copyright Owner
4. Copyright Exceptions + Chart Comparing Major Elements of U.S. and Canadian Law and International Copyright Norms
- Fair Use
- “Visual” Overview Comparing U.S. and Canadian Copyright Law and international copyright norms
A final 10-question, self-marking multiple-choice quiz completes this eTutorial. You will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of this eTutorial.
After taking this eTutorial you will be able to:
- explain how U.S. copyright law works and how to obtain copyright protection in the U.S.
- identify what is protected by U.S. copyright law and when you need permission to use copyright materials
- understand key differences between U.S. and Canadian copyright law and how they follow international copyright norms
Comments from participants about our eTutorials:
I was expecting a lot of reading in this course [Canadian Copyright Law], however the lessons are compacted with a lot of information and written for the layperson.
Karen Mah,, Head, Information Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge, Alberta
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
Who should enroll in this course?
- Anyone who wants a basic understanding of U.S. copyright law in plain English
- Canadians or Americans who want to understand the similarities and differences between U.S. and Canadian copyright law
- Those who want to understand how their works are protected under U.S. copyright law
See other courses on Canadian Copyright Law.