A Guide to Copyright for Media Artists and Educators

Gain a clearer understanding of how copyright pertains to you as a content creator or educator teaching a media class.
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  • Lectures 34
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 2/2013 English

Course Description

Copyright Basics: Learn How to Obtain a Copyright is an entertaining and informative look at the importance of copyright when creating or using media as a professional, hobbyist or as an instructor in a media class.

In addition to copyright law, learn about trademark and patent laws, fair use, public domain, creative commons, DMCA and the TEACH Act.

Take this ultimate Copyright Basics course right now and learn how to obtain a copyright.


What are the requirements?

  • None

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand Basic Copyright Law as a content creator or educator

Who is the target audience?

  • Students, Video Professionals, Video Hobbyists, Teachers, Photographers, Artists

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Section 1: A Guide to Copyright for Media Artists & Educators
Introduction & Overview
Information on the rights granted by Copyright

Copyright Exceptions and Limitations
Information on Public Domain
Definition of Work for Hire
The process of Copyrighting 

The Copyright Notice

How long does a copyright last?

How long does it take to get proof of your copyright?
What is Copyright Infringement?
Trademark and Patent

Explanation of a Trademark
Explanation of Patent
Explanation of Patent Pending
Exceptions to Fair Use
Explanation of Trademark Fair Use
Explanation of Creative Commons
Explanation of Parody as Fair Use
Section 2: Advances to Copyright Law (Internet)
More recent advances in Copyright Law due to the internet
Explanation of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act
Explanation of File Sharing and how Copyright affects it
Copyright issues to be aware of when producing video content
Copyright issues to be aware of when producing photographs or art images
Section 3: The TEACH Act - For Educators and Institutional Policymakers
TEACH Act (For Educators)
Procedures for Institutional Policymakers in order to adhere to the TEACH Act
Procedures for IT (Information Technology) in order to adhere to the TEACH Act
Procedures for Teachers in order to adhere to the TEACH Act
Recap and Closing Credits
Section 4: Copyright Quiz
Copyright Quiz
1 page
Section 5: Copyright Quiz Answer Key
Copyright Quiz Answer Key (with additional details)
2 pages
Section 6: Educator Guide (Copyright Information Resources)
1 page
Links to additional Copyright resources to use in the classroom or teaching environment
Section 7: Royalty Free Media Guide
1 page
Links to Royalty Free Media sites
Section 8: A Guide to Copyright Lecture Workbook
A Guide to Copyright Lecture Workbook
9 pages

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Instructor Biography

Mike Chenoweth, Writer / Producer

Mike “Cheno” Chenoweth is an award-winning producer who has been involved in the film and video industry since 1992, working mostly in film & commercial production. Mike has written and produced commercial material for International businesses such as Biogen Pharmaceuticals, Weider Nutrition International, Nero Digital Software, ADP as well as numerous national and local clients. 

In 2004,  Mike took his production experience and helped form curriculums for two high school-oriented film programs, one in which being the first film charter high school in the United States. 
Mike also currently operates Reel Classroom, a company specializing in film & video training for education and independent film. 
In addition to production, Mike also writes for television commercials and feature films.


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