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 Copyrightlaws.com. Each course is 3 weeks long, with 3 Webex live sessions and a final test. Participants receive IACET/CEU credits. Info at: www.clickuniversity.com.

There are 3 other types of courses offered by Copyrightlaws.com. 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)

Lesley

Syllabus for Copyright Education: Demystifying Copyright in your Enterprise

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

Syllabus


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

Syllabus

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

Syllabus

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

Licensing

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