Copyright training includes such a wide range of activities, from seizing the teachable moment to a dedicated three-hour webinar or in-person seminar.
Not every instance of copyright training needs to be formal and scheduled. For example, you’re in the company lunchroom and overhear a conversation about the development of your company’s website. Seize the moment and ask about setting up a copyright resource section on the website. Offer to help ensure the legal use of copyright-protected materials on this new website.
Below are five other ways you can integrate various copyright training and awareness actions into your library or organization.
Copyright Training and the Teachable Moment
1. Survey colleagues to find out how they use copyright-protected materials or what types of information or questions they have about copyright. Perhaps even put a poll or survey on your intranet. Share the results so that communication about copyright is on-going. Think about going beyond their work activities and including questions concerning employees’ hobbies and talents (e.g., painting, photography and writing) that may touch upon copyright issues. Including the personal side can often interest someone when they wouldn’t otherwise be as open or sensitive to copyright issues.
2. Develop a contest for staff or the public to research and provide answers to a variety of copyright questions. Offer prizes for the most correct answers. What prizes would most intrigue your colleagues? A Starbucks gift card? Two hours early off work on a Friday afternoon? Free pizza lunch for an entire work group or department?
3. Arrange for the showing of the 2013 Best Documentary Academy Award winning film Looking for Sugar Man. Discuss the copyright and royalty issues relating to musicians that the film raises. Also, make sure you clear the rights for the performance of the film and explain how you did it to the audience.
You may be interested in our article Copyright Awareness and Literacy.
WIPO World Intellectual Property Day
4. Be part of a worldwide celebration of intellectual property. Plan and organize a celebration of copyright on 26 April for World Intellectual Property Day. Provide attendees with copyright bookmarks, posters or other takeaways so they have ongoing reminders about copyright law. This is something you can discuss and plan year long with the “big” event taking place on 26 April.
5. Offer practical assistance. If your company has a social committee, offer to assist with musical licensing arrangements for the next event. Or if someone is planning a digitization project, ask how you can help obtain necessary rights to include all the works in that project. Explain what public domain means and how international copyright law works too. Be that go-to copyright person others are comfortable discussing their copyright issues with.
For more inspiration for your copyright awareness and training activities,
see our article Copyright Education Ideas.
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