CCM500. Copyright Law for Librarians and Info Pros

Instructor: Lesley Ellen Harris, Copyrightlaws.comLesley Ellen Harris

Course Dates: April 4 – 18, 2016
Program Schedule

Member Price: $395.00*
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Non-Member Price: $495.00*
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This online course covers copyright issues specifically for libraries and information centers of all kinds.  We will also examine copyright issues that directly relate to the work of special librarians and information professionals.  We focus primarily on U.S. copyright law in this course, but students from around the globe will benefit from understanding how U.S. copyright law works, especially if they have offices in the U.S., or work with people or content from the U.S. Topics covered include:

  • the rationale for specific provisions for libraries and others
  • existing library provisions and exemptions in various statutes:  U.S. Copyright Act, Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act (1998), DMCA and TEACH Act (special information will be provided for Canadian libraries)
  • Section 108 Study Group
  • fair use in general and in special libraries (i.e. the for-profit sector)
  • specific copyright issues in libraries including software use, interlibrary loan, electronic reserves, photocopying, document delivery services, corporate intranet content, digital archives, index and table of contents creation, preservation, digital libraries
  • the liability of a library when copying for others
  • reproductions on library premises by non-librarians
  • copyright warnings at photocopy machines, computers, etc.
  • working with copyright collectives like the Copyright Clearance Center
  • working with digital content vendors
  • relevant court cases including American Geophysical Union v. Texaco, The New York Times Co. v. Tasini, Lowry’s Reports v. Legg Mason, CCH v. Law Society, and out-of-court settlements
  • the future role of librarians as copyright managers
Performance Measure

Course assessment, exercises and discussions will measure and evaluate the degree of understanding that participants achieve during the learning process.


This online course is one of eight required courses for SLA’s Click University Certificate in Copyright ManagementCCM100 and CCM200/201 are recommended, but are not required, to be taken before this course. There are no prerequisites for non-certificate participants, who many take any certificate course(s) à la carte.

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

“In-depth discussion of Section 108 really helps [me] understand the special position of libraries in copyright law.”

“I did learn things that I did not know while taking this course.  All the information was presented in a very informative, understandable manner.”

“The blend of activities makes for a very effective learning situation. Having taken the earlier courses in the series, I wasn’t sure how much this one would offer but, there was a lot of new material and I learned several important things I didn’t know before taking the class.”

“The readings and the discussions were priceless.”

* A late fee of $50 will be added to your invoice if you register at or after midnight (12:00 a.m. ET) on the first day of the course. Late registration does not guarantee live access to the first course session.

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