Saturday, November 8, 2008

Selecting a Copyright Course

So many courses to choose from! How does one decide? Consider your level of copyright knowledge, your available time, your budget, scheduling, whether you prefer to receive e-tutorials, or prefer online discussions, and whether you will engage in assigned work.

Information professionals may consider the 7 course program offered by the Special Library Association and Each course is 3 weeks long, with 3 Webex live sessions and a final test. Participants receive IACET/CEU credits. Info at:

There are 3 other types of courses offered by Participants receive a Certificate of Completion upon completing each course.

1. E-mail tutorial courses. These are primer courses on Canadian Copyright Law ($129, 16 e-lessons), U.S. Copyright ($129, 16 e-lessons), and Practical International Copyright Law ($99, 6 e-lessons). These courses consist of e-mail lessons with a text lecture, further resources, and a self-marking quiz. These courses involve the least time and participation and provide a great basis for other courses. Schedule to spend at least 30 minutes per lesson.

2. Intermediate courses include e-mail lessons with a text lecture, further resources, a self-marking quiz and/or case studies to discuss, and a blog discussion. Voluntary discussion provides you with an opportunity to meet colleagues, and ask your specific questions. These courses are: Managing Copyright Issues ($149, 16 e-lessons); Digital Content Management ($149, 16 e-lessons); Digital Licensing Online ($149, 27 e-lessons); and Copyright Education: Demystifying Copyrignt in your Enterprise $(149, 8 e-lessons). Schedule to spend at least 30 minutes per lesson, and 15 minutes per lesson on the discussion blog. It is highly recommended that you have some knowledge of copyright before taking our advanced courses, either by completing one of our primer courses, or through other courses and experience.

3. Assignment courses include e-mail lessons with a text lecture, further resources, a blog discussion, and assignments in each lesson. This course is: Developing a Copyright Policy ($495, 8 e-lessons.) Schedule to spend at least 30 minutes per lesson, 15 minutes per lesson on the discussion blog, and 15-30 minutes completing each lesson assignment. Assignments are posted on the blog for commentary by the instructor/copyright lawyer, Lesley Ellen Harris. If you complete all assignments, you will have a draft Copyright Policy at the completion of this course. It is highly recommended that you have a solid understanding of copyright prior to registering for this course, and that you have taken a course/or the equivalent, of a primer course on copyright and Managing Copyright Issues course.

4. A new course, Copyright Law for Canadian Librarians, is currently being developed and will offered in 2009. The tentative syllabus is in the right column in this blog. It will consist of e-lessons, case studies to discuss, and a moderated discussion blog.

Please post any of your questions below or email me (seminars at copyrightlaws . com)


Syllabus for Copyright Education: Demystifying Copyright in your Enterprise

Copyright Education: Demystifying Copyright in your Enterprise (“CE”)
Advanced Course


1. Why Copyright Education

Organizational Considerations

2. Copyright Education Leadership

3. Evaluating Copyright Issues in Your Enterprise

4. Preparing a Copyright Education Plan

Implementing A Copyright Education Program

5. Developing Content for your Copyright Education

6. Format of Copyright Education

7. Copyright Program Development and Progression

8. Additional Copyright Education Resources

A discussion blog will be led by Lesley Ellen Harris. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Syllabus for Digital Licensing Online Course

Digital Licensing Online (“DLO”)
Advanced Course


1. When to license
2. “Industry standards” in licenses
3. Three steps to a license arrangement
4. Do you need a licensing policy?
5. Global issues
6. Key concepts in licensing agreements
7. Legal concepts in licensing agreements
8. Key digital licensing clauses, Part I (preamble, parties, definitions, content covered by the agreement)
9. Key digital licensing clauses, Part II (rights granted)
10. Key digital licensing clauses, Part III (sub-licenses, ILL, fair use/dealing, e-rights)
11. Key digital licensing clauses, Part IV (authorized uses, usage restrictions)
12. Key digital licensing clauses, Part V (license fee, pricing models)
13. Key digital licensing clauses, Part VI (licensor obligations, delivery and continuing access to content, support and documentation)
14. Key digital licensing clauses, Part VII (licensee obligations, monitoring use, credits)
15. Key digital licensing clauses, Part VIII (territory, authorized users, authorized site, copyright ownership, term of agreement)
16. Key digital licensing clauses, Part IX (renewal, termination, perpetual access, disclaimers, warranties, indemnity and limitation of liability)
17. Boilerplate clauses, Part I (ADR, amendments, binding effect, confidential information, currency)
18. Boilerplate clauses, Part II (entire agreement, force majeure, governing law)
19. Boilerplate clauses, Part III (independent parties, interpretation, notice, remedies, severability)
20. Boilerplate clauses, Part IV (signature, survival, transferability, waiver)
21. What does negotiation mean?
22. Before you begin negotiations
23. During the negotiations
24. Other important negotiation issues
25. What kind of license do you need?
26. Your licenses
27. Final tips

Discussions will be via a blog, moderated by Lesley Ellen Harris. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Syllabus for Managing Copyright Issues

Managing Copyright Issues (“MCI”)
Advanced Course


1. Why manage your copyright issues?

General Management Issues

2. Centralizing copyright
3. Understanding copyright principles
4. Copyright in the global context
5. Copyright law and digital media
6. Valuing copyright

Using Copyright-Protected Materials

7. Permissions procedures
8. Copyright risk management


9. Negotiating permissions and licenses
10. Your licensing policy

Protecting Copyrights

11. Auditing your copyright assets
12. Protecting copyright works

Advanced Management Issues

13. Other legal issues
14. Developing your written copyright policy
15. Ongoing copyright education
16. Managing copyright checklist

Comments from a 2009 MCI graduate:

The e-lessons in Managing Copyright Issues were very clear and easy
to understand—despite the complexity of the issues. I would
definitely recommend this course to others.

Jody Gripp
Tacoma Public Library
Washington State, US

Monday, October 13, 2008

Background on first began offering online courses in 2002 -- Digital Licensing Online -- based on the book by Lesley Ellen Harris, Licensing Digital Content (ALA Editions,

By the end of 2007, more than 6,000 people had enrolled in one or more of our 8 courses (listed below) and are now Alumni.

Our courses are taught directly through and also in conjunction with the American Library Association, Special Library Association, OCLC, Palinet, Solinet, FedLink, NFais, Access Copyright, Registered Graphic Designers, and Association of Canadian Publishers.

Beside each course name, I have included the year in which the course was first offered. Each year, each course is updated to reflect changes in law and technology.

2002 - Digital Licensing for Libraries
2002 - Canadian Copyright Law
2004 - U.S. Copyright Law
2004 - Managing Copyright Issues
2005 - Digital Content Management
2005 - Practical International Copyright Law
2007 - Developing a Copyright Policy
2008 - Copyright Education
2009 - Copyright Law for Canadian Librarians (first offering ever: April 20, 2009)

If you need assistance selecting your next course, or have a suggestion for a new course, please email me (seminars at


Syllabus for Canadian Copyright Law

Canadian Copyright Law (CCL)
A Primer on Canadian Copyright Law


1. Understanding intellectual property
2. History of Canadian copyright law
3. Criteria for copyright protection (e.g., originality, fixation)
4. How to obtain copyright protection
5. How does international copyright protection work?
6. What is protected by copyright?
7. Who owns copyright?
8. The duration of copyright
9. Rights protected by copyright
10. Limitations on rights
11. How may rights be exploited?
12. How is copyright violated?
13. Remedies for the violation of copyright
14. Using copyright-protected materials
15. A comparison of Canadian and U.S. copyright laws
16. Digital copyright and electronic rights

A final quiz with 16 multiple choice questions is e-mailed to participants following e-lesson 16.

This course will next be offered over a 5 week period beginning November 3, 2008 and ending December 5, 2008. Registration is at: