Syllabus for eTutorial: U.S. Copyright Law

Register for the next offering of U.S. Copyright Law (USC) eTutorial from November 12 – 18, 2015.


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
  • Exceptions
  • “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

Email Lesley with questions about the course.

See other courses on Canadian Copyright Law.



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