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How Can I Stay on the Right Side of the Law?


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As more instructors move away from creating course content and into curating content through works created by others, it’s important to be aware of how to ethically, legally, and responsibly handle copyrighted works.

Copyright law can be a complex and confusing area. Different rules apply to different types of content, so when designing courses, teachers must have a grasp on the legal limits for copyrighted content and intellectual property.

Make sure you’re staying on the right side of the law!

Watch the Copyright Crash Course: How Can I Stay on the Right Side of the Law? 20-Minute Mentor program, presented by Tom Tobin, PhD, and receive a simple yet deep understanding of how to work ethically with materials created by others, so that you are compliant with copyright laws.

Learning Goals
After this 20-Minute Mentor, you’ll be able to:

  • Define and apply core principles of fair use/fair dealing
  • Apply heuristics to define fair use of copyrighted content
  • Implement alternative means of providing access to copyrighted content
  • Determine when copyright applies and does not apply for various online-design scenarios
  • Design interactions for online courses that respect copyright licenses and permission agreements

Topics Covered
In just 20 minutes, this introductory program offers use-them-tomorrow lessons to keep educators in the United States and Canada on the “good side” of copyright law. Topics covered include:

  • Fair use
  • The types of works protected and not protected by copyright
  • Licensing and permissions
  • Hyperlinking and embedding