How frequently are you sharing the copyright message in your organization? Do you send a weekly email with recent copyright questions and answers? Do you hold monthly discussion groups on copyright? Or are you waiting for a copyright infringement claim against you to “scare” people in your organization? What’s your copyright education and training plan? Here are 5 copyright education ideas you can implement today.
5 Copyright Education Ideas
Copyright education and training is becoming a greater priority in many organizations. Fortunately, there are many ways in which you can make your organization and its employees copyright literate and lower the risk of copyright infringement. Some take a moment and are free while others take planning and a budget. A combination of different kinds of copyright education strategies is likely your best route.
Below are 5 copyright education ideas to get you started with your copyright awareness strategy.
1. Offer copyright fortune cookies.
Offering fortune cookies with simple messages about copyright can be an attention-getting and fun education strategy that’s surprisingly effective. You can order custom fortune cookies online. Share them at your copyright education events, in the lunch room, and in other ways that work for your organization.
2. Watch and discuss a movie about copyright law.
One movie recommendation is The Last Station, about Leo Tolstoy’s wife’s efforts to prevent Tolstoy from giving away the copyrights in his works. Make sure you clear permission for the performance, and let the audience know why and how you did so!
See our article Obtaining Copyright Permission To Use Digital and Online Content.
3. Place a copyright notice on your article, memo or blog.
A notice by itself will educate people that copyright exists in your work. Some people believe that any online content is free for the taking and not protected by copyright. Including a copyright symbol and notice may make that person think twice about using your work without permission.
You maybe interested in our article The International Copyright Symbol.
4. Understand why copyright literacy is important.
The more you know about why copyright literacy is important, the more effective you’ll be at educating others about copyright. For instance, copyright isn’t just a professional skill, it’s also a life skill, as discussed in our article, Copyright Literacy: A Life Skill. Why not hold a group discussion on how copyright impacts employees’ lives outside of work?
5. Online and in-person seminars.
A more traditional route to copyright education and awareness is to create your own seminars, hire someone to teach a seminar in your organization, or attend an online or self-study seminar that’s offered by others.
For more in-depth knowledge about copyright education,
see our online course Developing a Copyright Education Strategy.
Check out our online copyright courses.