Copyright & Fair Use, Part II: From Court Decisions to Best Practices

Track : Online Management
Delivery Mode : Asynchronous Workshop
Levels : Intermediate,Advanced
Eligible for Online Teaching Certificate elective : Yes

Copyright infringement lawsuits against colleges and universities are no longer hypothetical – they are a reality.  Numerous universities around the country have been sued for everything from illegally posting book chapters in e-reserves and learning management systems, to improperly streaming video and digitizing books to facilitate research and provide accessible resources to students. In this workshop, participants will learn how courts resolve such cases, in addition to examining the application of copyright and fair use rules in relation to the most commonly used course materials, such as those that are faculty-generated as well as library collections, textbooks, free websites and media, open access repositories, and personal collections.  Finally, the growing collection of “Best Practices in Fair Use” will be explored through a mini-case.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe best practices in Fair Use
  • Recognize the legal implications of copyright infringement

Prerequisite: Introduction to Copyright and Fair Use Part 1 workshop OR a working knowledge of the copyright and fair use guidelines.


This workshop is in a one-day, synchronous format. You will have access to the workshop content one day prior to the live session. There will then be a mandatory, 3-hour live session (typically from 12-3pm eastern time) during which you will hear a presentation and participate in a question and answer session. During the workshop, you will engage with your colleagues on an online discussion board. Following the session, you will be required to complete a quiz testing your knowledge within 24 hours of the conclusion of the live session. Total length of time to completion: 2 days, approximately 6 hours of work

What are the key takeaways from this workshop?

  • A live synchronous session experience with an expert in the topics of copyright and fair use for education
  • A discussion highlighting important court cases and rulings in copyright infringement and how we can learn from them
  • An analysis of fair use practices What “transformative uses of work” means for fair use
  • Strategies and examples for designing and delivering copyright compliant courses
  • An overview of how to use various educational products according to fair use, Creative Commons, and public works differences

Who should attend?

  • Faculty members
  • Instructional designers
  • Online program administrators
  • Librarians

Note: This workshop is eligible for a digital badge for participants who complete the two workshops in the Copyright & Fair Use series. Upon completion of both workshops, participants should contact to notify. A badge will be issued after confirming that all requirements have been met. Please note badges will not be issued for workshops completed prior to 2019.

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Refund Policy
If you register and pay for a OLC workshop and are unable to enroll (due to personal schedule conflicts, illness, etc), we will be happy to apply your payment to another OLC workshop in the same calendar year upon your written request to No refunds will be given.