Copyright Law For Content Creators: Be Safe! Not Sued!

Copyright questions? You won't get correct information in forums and if you follow incorrect advice, YOU get sued!
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Published 2/2014 English

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Copyright - get it right first time, every time! It is essential that you always comply fully with copyright law - this copyrighting course takes you "by the hand" and shows exactly what copyright is, so that you don't fall foul of copyright law. Forget, please, what you think you know - you are very likely to be surprised. This course will really help anyone interested in copyright compliance, especially those who produce content: educators, bloggers, video makers, authors, and more.

Although I do have a law degree, and understand legalese, this class is in no way intended to constitute legal advice.

That would be illegal for me to do!

What are the requirements?

  • interest in legal content usage
  • curiosity
  • willingness to learn
  • a sense of humor

What am I going to get from this course?

  • to understand the concept of copyright
  • to maybe keep you from getting sued
  • to help you raise questions for yourself when looking for content
  • to learn a little history of copyright law
  • to help you be a better content producer

Who is the target audience?

  • online content creators
  • offline content creators
  • those curious about the law
  • bloggers
  • authors
  • video producers
  • course creators
  • article writers

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Learning About Copyrights and What They Mean

This part covers what this copyright course is about and more importantly, what the course is NOT about.

It introduces the

  • concept of copyright
    • the use of the symbol ©

It covers why you need to know about copyright if you are:

  • producing books
  • making videos
  • creating courses
  • selling your content

Tells you about the Instructor, her background, and how she had to learn about copyrights.

Section 2: A Bit Of History

From the printing press, to the U.S. Constitution, to the Internet - Copyright Law has been around for centuries.

The printing press created the ability to make copies of people's work, and copyright was born to protect the content creators.

Modern technology has led to changes in copyright law and the law will keep changing as new lawsuits, and new legislation create new rules.

Section 3: What Exactly Does Copyright Mean

Many of us have an idea of what copyright means and what copyright law is all about... but too many of us get that information from well meaning friends, and online groups.

And unfortunately, a lot of that information is at best incomplete, and at worst, incorrect.

This section tries to set you straight on the origins of USA law and offers links to where you can find out more. Maybe more than you might wish to know.

Fair use and educational use are also discussed.

Because the more you know, and the more careful you are, the less you are likely to be sued for copyright infringement.

Section 4: What Can I Do?

In this section there are suggestions for what to look for when seeking content, warnings about small print, making sure you understand what you are using or buying, and a lot more!

Copyright and license basics:

  • There are different levels of usage when you buy usage rights
  • Creative commons licenses vary
  • People misrepresent copyright information

Suggestions for safe use:

  • Create your own material
  • Look for material in the public domain
  • Buy the usage rights
  • Ask permission
Section 5: Summary and Conclusions

This final section about copyright repeats the advice to BE CAREFUL when using material from the Internet.

You do not want to be sued for copyright infringement.

It also states how expensive it can be to have to engage in copyright litigation! Lawsuits are very costly and if you lose, you not only have to still pay your own attorney, you may be ordered to pay the holder of the copyright a substantial amount.

Being safe in your content production is the best way to go!

So know about copyright, copyright infringement, and hopefully stay out of trouble.

Section 6: Resources I Use
2 pages

This document contains links to resources that I know, like, trust and use :)

Section 7: Legal Lingo

I hope that you never ever get sued, but there are words you still need to know when you are reading legal information or even reading about lawsuits. This lecture contains many of the basic terms.

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Instructor Biography

Lynn Dorman, PhD; JD, Content Creator at Gray Wolf Productions

The "official" bio:

Lynn Dorman, Ph.D.; J.D. creates and publishes books, ebooks, courses, and other products through Gray Wolf Productions.

Previously, for many years, she had been a Psychology professor and taught courses on a variety of topics within the field. She has been a consultant to various organizations and run workshops on many topics in the realm of "all that is psychology."

She took a break from psychology, got a law degree, and subsequently practiced both professions. Now she writes and teaches subjects for which she has knowledge and expertise.


Hello - "unofficially" I am Lynn - a lifelong learner and information giver

I have been, and sometimes still am, a:

  • psychology professor
  • author
  • researcher
  • therapist
  • forensic evaluator
  • attorney
  • ski instructor
  • kindergarten teacher
  • pet person
  • photographer
  • videographer
  • river rat [aka floating home resident]

My interests are many and varied - and in all I do, I enjoy helping people: through teaching, authoring, coaching, and my upcoming research on healthy aging.

As a long time Developmental Psychologist, I have learned that in order for people of any age to develop to their optimal capacity and not be "badly" stressed by life, they need some basics in their environment - and one of those basics is good nutrition.

So no matter what I teach about, I usually wind up including information about good nutrition when appropriate....

I have a few mottoes for life - here are 3:

    • Never stop learning!
    • Never stop teaching!
    • Always enjoy what you are doing!

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