Copyright Resources: Learning about Copyright

This guide provides links to copyright resources at the University of Kansas, including a Copyright Decision Tree to help those that want to use copyrighted materials in their research and teaching.

Learning about Copyright

For those educators and librarians that want to teach themselves about copyright, there are online courses and references that may be helpful. 

In addition to the other resources listed in this guide, see the bottom of the page for more information about two online courses and a textbook reference.

Copyright Courses and References

  • Copyright for Educators & Librarians
    This free online course from Coursera is designed to "provide a basic introduction to US copyright law and to empower teachers and librarians at all grade levels.  Course participants will discover that the law is designed to help educators and librarians."  It's divided into five sections to be covered over five weeks, but learners are free to go through the content at their own pace.

Module 1: Copyright and the Public Domain
Module 2: The International Framework
Module 3: The Scope of Copyright Law
Module 4: Rights, Exceptions, and Limitations
Module 5: Managing Rights
Module 6: Creative Approaches and Alternatives
Module 7: Enforcement
Module 8: Traditional Knowledge
Module 9: Activism

  • Copyright for Librarians Textbook (Harvard University)

Scholarly Communication Librarian

Head, Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright

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Ada Emmett
Schulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication and Copyright

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