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Full Description


This is a course for educators who want to learn about copyright law in the education context under US law.  P2PU offers similar courses for other jurisdictions, so check if there is one for yours. Educators who are not in the US are free to sign-up as well, but the examples and legal details will focus on the United States.

The course is taught around practical case studies faced by teachers when using copyright material in their day to day teaching and educational instruction. By answering the case scenarios and drafting and discussing the answers in groups, the participants learn:

  • what the public domain is
  • what copyright law protects
  • exceptions to copyright, such as fair use

The goals of this course are:

  1. to help you identify copyright issues in education and give you a firm grounding in identifying copyright issues
  2. to help you understand when fair use or other copyright exceptions apply to your use (or student use) of copyrighted content
  3. to get you thinking, writing, and conversing about how to use copyright exceptions to enable education.


This course is for educators and learners - primarily in the US - who want to understand how copyright affects use of learning materials and how to use copyright to facilitate education.

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