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Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week...


Subtitles: English

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Introduction and Getting Started

Copyright questions about different formats – data, images, music and video – can be especially difficult. Sometimes the law specifically distinguishes between these different formats, and in most cases there are media-specific considerations that impact a copyright analysis. In this course we will look at four different media types, paying special attention to the unique issues for each one and the kinds of information that are important when making copyright decisions. We will work through fair use issues for each multimedia format, look at specific exceptions in the law, and consider unique issues for seeking permission for film, music, images and data. At the end of this course, participants will have a deeper understanding of how to apply our framework for making copyright decisions, and will be more comfortable with assessing multimedia issues.

2 videos (Total 5 min), 4 readings
2 videos
Getting Started1m
4 readings
Course Overview10m
Course Copyright Information10m
About Us10m
Framework for Analyzing any Copyright Problem10m
1 hour to complete


Data can refer to many different types of materials, and the copyright situation is different depending on what particular type of data is meant. In this module we will consider the different potential types of data, the rights associated with each one, and the copyright considerations involved when using data. We will look carefully at how fair use applies in various data-use situations.

2 videos (Total 13 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
2 videos
Data Examples7m
1 reading
Resource Links10m
1 practice exercise
Data Assessment16m
2 hours to complete


Those who create or use works of visual arts benefit from an understanding copyright protections and exemptions. Topics covered in this module include which works of visual arts get copyright protection, what special rights are afforded artists under the Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA), how to apply the TEACH Act and fair use to images, and what steps to take if you need to seek permission. Finally, some attention will be given to social media, implied licenses that can arise when posting and using images, and privacy.

9 videos (Total 54 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
9 videos
What Images Get Copyright Protection,3D4m
VARA and Moral Rights4m
TEACH Act for Images4m
Fair Use for Images, Part 16m
Fair Use for Images, Part 2: Transformative Fair Use4m
Fair Use for Images, Part 3: Use Cases7m
Permission to Use Images9m
Images in Social Media, Implied Licenses, and Privacy8m
2 readings
Resources Links10m
Resource Links10m
3 practice exercises
TEACH Act for Images Assessment8m
Images and Fair Use Cases Assessment8m
Final Assessment for Images Module18m
2 hours to complete

Music and Audio

Copyright for music, and especially for recording music, is extremely complicated and difficult to untangle. In this module we will explore the multiple rights that must be accounted for in almost every musical composition or recording. We will pay special attention to the multitude of licenses that come in to play when creating or using music. Exceptions for using music in teaching will be covered, and we will examine fair use considerations for different musical situations in detail. This is a module that has important implications for musicians, music teachers, librarians, and all those who want to use or reuse music.

12 videos (Total 71 min), 4 readings, 3 quizzes
12 videos
Use Cases5m
Performance Licenses4m
Teaching with Music2m
TEACH Act for Music3m
Fair Use for Music6m
A Common Fair Use Dilemma5m
Transformative Fair Use for Music8m
Examples of Using Music6m
Getting Permission9m
Filming Student Performances4m
4 readings
Resource Links10m
Resource Link10m
Resource Links10m
Resource Links10m
3 practice exercises
Overture Assessment8m
Melody Assessment8m
Module Test18m
3 hours to complete

Film and Video

Copyright issues for film tend to be complicated because of the number of creators and creative works that come together to make them. In this module, students will learn to apply the fundamentals of copyright with regard to film. Topics covered include identification of the various rights and rights holders involved in many films, the role of copyright exceptions when creating or using film in educational settings, and when and how to seek permission to make use of copyrighted material in films.

11 videos (Total 74 min), 2 readings, 5 quizzes
11 videos
Garcia Case4m
What Do You Want to Do?10m
Using Films in Class6m
Filming your Teaching6m
Students and Film4m
Fair Use and Film8m
Fair Use Examples and Disputes9m
Film Permissions5m
2 readings
Resource Links10m
A Framework for Analyzing any Copyright Problem10m
5 practice exercises
Lesson 1 Quiz10m
Lesson 2 Quiz8m
Lesson 3 Quiz10m
Lesson 4 Quiz10m
Course Final Exam24m
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Top reviews from Copyright for Multimedia

By MRJun 15th 2017

Easy to follow and with great teachers commenting on the pragmatic issues of licensing and fair use, which is invaluable for the foreign student, no matter his degree.

By JONov 19th 2016

Excellent course, incredibly informative and very well taught. Highly recommend to anyone interested in entertainment as well as the laws and liability involved.



Kevin Smith, M.L.S., J.D.

Former Director, Copyright and Scholarly Communication
Duke University Libraries

Lisa A. Macklin, J.D.,M.L.S.

Director, Scholarly Communications Office
Robert W. Woodruff Library, Emory University

Anne Gilliland, JD, MLS

Scholarly Communications Officer
University Libraries, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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