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An online, self-paced course created to explain complex issues related to copyright and education in the U.S. in simple, easy-to-understand ways.

The course speaks directly to what educators today need to know about copyright and helps them enhance their organization’s copyright compliance program. The course has no prerequisites, and is suitable for those new to copyright and those with some level of understanding.

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This course is on-demand for your convenience


$99 per person

Group registration:
For group rates, please contact us prior to registering.

Course objectives

  • What educators, ed tech providers, and curriculum developers need to know about copyright in the classroom
  • Which rights do and do not come with the educational materials schools are using every day
  • How new software and technology has an impact on copyright in the classroom

Who should attend?

Copyright Essentials for K-12 is of particular interest to those who directly create/develop  instructional materials for K-12 education or who are involved in their adoption including:

  • Schools, School Districts, and Departments of Education
  • Educators
  • Curriculum developers
  • Superintendents, school administrators, and staff
  • Librarians and information managers
  • General Counsel
  • Educational Technology providers
  • ELA core and supplemental curriculum developers
  • K-12 custom publishers

How is the certificate earned?

Suitable for individuals or group professional development, the Copyright Essentials for K-12 Certificate Course offers registrants the ability to assess progress through a “Test Your Knowledge” activity following each section, and earn a certificate of achievement with a passing score of 80% on the final review. Course materials are available for a full year after registering. This course does not qualify for Continuing Education Credits.

How much does it cost?

$99 per person. For group rates, please contact us prior to registering.

“This was a nice refresher on the dos and don’ts of using copyrighted material. To help implement change, I now plan to suggest a presentation on copyright at my school’s next Development Day workshop.”

– Recent K-12 copyright webinar attendee

Course content

Created with curriculum developers and educators in mind, the Copyright Essentials for K-12 Certificate Course covers what you need to know:

Section 1: Copyright Basics

  • Overview of U.S. copyright law
  • Why copyright matters in education
  • Public domain, fair use, and copyright infringement

Section 2: Infringement Case Analysis

  • Review of relevant copyright cases
  • The impact of copyright case law on educators
  • Compliant uses of content in the classroom

Section 3: Related Concepts

  • First Sale Doctrine: Section 109 of the Copyright Act
  • Exceptions and limitations in the classroom
  • The use of images, music, and video in the classroom
  • The use of Open Educational Resources

PLEASE NOTE: The content in this course does not constitute legal advice. This course aims to provide you with tools to understand copyright, but it’s important that you check with your school district’s legal counsel when you need specific guidance about how to use content.