CCM300. Global Copyright Essentials (On Demand*)

Instructor: Lesley Ellen Harris, Copyrightlaws.comLesley Ellen Harris

Course Cohort: March 2016
Program Schedule

Member Price: $395.00
Non-Member Price: $495.00
Non-member registration

This on demand* course covers principles in international copyright law. The aim of the course is to introduce librarians and others to otherwise complex international principles and apply and demystify these principles in everyday situations.  From the librarian’s perspective, international copyright law plays a role in their work in the following situations:

  • posting content on a website or intranet that will be accessed outside of the U.S. (or outside one’s own country)
  • using content from outside the U.S. (or outside one’s own country)
  • negotiating a digital license with a vendor/publisher/content owner who is based outside one’s own country
  • applying fair use to non-U.S. materials
  • distributing content beyond the U.S. borders

Note that this course is relevant to those who live and work around the world.  Topics include:

  • the meaning of “international” copyright law in the librarian context
  • practical aspects of applying international copyright law to your uses of content
  • key treaties and agreements in international copyright law (i.e., Berne, UCC, free trade agreements, etc.)
  • why and how international treaties affect the use of content in your library and your digital license agreements
  • international copyright organizations that may of help to librarians
  • comparison of copyright laws in different countries and how to apply that comparison when using content in your enterprise
  • national treatment (i.e., which country’s copyright laws apply to the use of content in your enterprise)
  • an introduction to the leading copyright convention, the Berne Copyright Convention (what is protected in other countries, and for how long, what exceptions exist in other countries, what kind of protection or rights exist around the world)
  • digital copyright issues from the international perspective (an introduction to the WIPO digital copyright treaties)
  • copyright issues and the worldwide distribution of content, and the exploitation of rights around the world
  • obtaining global permissions for the use of copyright-protected material
  • the future of international copyright law
Performance Measure

Study questions, case studies, and end-of-course assessment will measure and evaluate the degree of understanding that participants achieve during the learning process.


This course is one of eight required courses for the SLA/Click University Certificate in Copyright Management. CCM100 is recommended, but is not required, to be taken before this course. There are no prerequisites for non-certificate participants, who may take any certificate course(s) à la carte.

What people are saying about the value of the copyright management courses:

“International copyright law is easier to understand than I originally thought!”

“The readings were valuable because they explained the concepts well and will serve as a reference in the future.”

“Considering the complexity of the topic, I am amazed I learned as much as I did.”

“This has been an excellent class, introducing topics I didn’t know much about and bringing up very interesting concepts.”

* This course is offered asynchronously.  Participants will learn content and complete readings, course assignments and the end-of-course assessment over one calendar month.

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