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Copyright for Educators & Librarians - Week 1-2 Review

Friday, October 14, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: CCUMC Executive Office
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I have completed Weeks 1 and 2 of Copyright for Educators and Librarians, the MOOC I’m taking through Coursera! My initial impressions are positive. The instructors--Kevin Smith, Lisa Macklin, and Anne Gilliland--have a genuine rapport, and as a result watching the videos feels more like being included in a conversation between intelligent people than being lectured at. Week 1 consists just of introductory material, so there isn’t much to say there. Week 2 is divided into three sections (“History of Copyright,” “A Limited Monopoly,” and “Authorship”) which cover three basic aspects of copyright: where it comes from and what it’s intended to do, how it has evolved in the United States, and how to determine who owns the copyright to something. The videos came to a total of about one hour, and the unit included three required and two supplemental readings, which took approximately one additional hour to complete.


The high point of the first two weeks of the course is the introduction of a five-question framework for copyright analysis which consists:


1. Is the work protected by copyright?

2. Is there a specific exception in the copyright law that governs my particular use?

3. Is there a license that covers my use?

4. Is my use covered by fair use?

5. Do I need permission from the copyright holder for my use?


The true test of the course will be whether or not I think it prepares a person who had no prior knowledge of copyright to successfully apply these questions to real life examples. I look forward to finding out!