Copyright for Educators and Librarians

Copyright has always been a bit of a puzzle for teachers and librarians. It seems like a mysterious set of rules, and the news media occasionally reports on dire penalties imposed for copyright infringement. However, the law was designed to empower teachers and libraries, with both specific and general exceptions that facilitate education. The goal of this course is to begin to demystify the law and help educators and librarians do their jobs more effectively.


  • Initially launched in the summer of 2014. Updated and re-released in an on-demand format in July 2015.
  • Collaboratively developed with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Emory University and taught in a modular format.
  • Potential for professional development credits for teachers and librarians.
  • Currently exploring the possibility of creating a MOOC series around this initial course.




  • Duke University Libraries

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Launch Date:

  • July 2014

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