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Expanded Copyright (self-paced course)

Self-paced course for faculty and staff to learn the aspects of copyright law that affect higher education. It's intense - if you want something lighter, please go to the Intro to Copyright videos on Learnscape.

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Sarah Morehouse

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Normal Hours
- Sun: 1 p.m. - 9 p.m.
- Mon-Thu: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
- Fri: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Summer Hours
(Memorial Day - Labor Day)
- Sun: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
- Mon-Thu: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Fri: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Winter Break Hours
(End of Fall 1 - beginning of Spring 1)
- Sun: Closed
- Mon-Thu: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
- Fri: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

(Christmas week 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

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Introduction to Copyright

Learning Objectives

Once you’ve completed this module, you’ll be able to:

  • understand that copyright is a matter of federal and international law
  • list and define the rights that are reserved to the rightsholder
  • distinguish things that can be copyrighted from those that cannot
  • explain the two factors that determine if and when a work can be copyrighted
  • understand that copyright can be transferred 
  • understand that there are specific exemptions to copyright

This tutorial is openly licensed under the Creative Commons

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Copyright Basics for Faculty and Stafff by Sarah Morehouse is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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