U.S. Copyright Law Principles is the name of an online course beginning 21 February 2013 (ending 11 March 2013.) It is offered by SLA + Copyrightlaws.com. See http://www.sla.org/content/learn/certificates/copyright/copyrightprogram/CCM2013/CCM200.cfm.
There are 3 webinars (21 + 28 February, 6 March) which are recorded, a discussion list, and a 10-question multiple choice quiz at the end of the course. Participants receive a certificate of completion.
The online course covers:
background on U.S. copyright law
composition of U.S. copyright law
criteria for copyright protection (e.g., originality and fixation) what works are protected how to protect copyright works (e.g., registration and copyright notice requirements) ownership protection of rights copyright protection duration exploitation of rights copyright infringement and remedies The course looks at U.S. copyright law from a practical perspective with the goal of helping nonlawyers manage the copyright issues they face on a daily basis. The course is a primer for some and a refresher and update for others.
What past participants say:
“This particular course really satisfied my need to explore the U.S. copyright law in a detailed and supportive setting.”
“I now have a better understanding of the U.S. Copyright Act. I also appreciate how the various components of the act are intertwined with my day to day job responsibilities.”
“This course has been extremely useful to me; I appreciate the focus on introducing primary sources.”