Copyright 101: Helping Patrons Understand Copyright

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Course Description

Librarians come in contact with copyright laws in a variety of ways in their work. Whether it is a student wanting to make copies, an instructor wanting to show a a film in class, or a small business owner wanting to use content for marketing materials, our work and our patrons present us with a myriad of copyright-related dilemmas.

In this course, we will start with a brief overview of the history of American copyright law and then discuss how copyright law effects our work as information professionals. Finally, we will explore solutions to possible copyright-related dilemmas we may encounter with our patrons and in our work.

Disclaimer: This class is not taught by a lawyer. If you need legal advice, please contact a lawyer.

Learning objectives for this session include
  • Understand the purpose of copyright law and regulations
  • Distinguish ways that copyright law effects library work and patron usage
  • Apply copyright-related solutions to library work and interactions with patrons
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This course consists of two 2-hour sessions.
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