Copyright Basics Canvas Module

Our Canvas modules are designed to empower students to make informed decisions regarding the work they create and the use of others’ work. 

Both modules cover the basics of U.S. copyright law. Please feel free to adapt them for your needs. 

The modules cover:

  • The difference between plagiarism and copyright infringement
  • What is copyrightable and what is not
  • The public domain (work that’s no longer subject to copyright)
  • Permissible uses under U.S. copyright law
  • When it’s necessary to secure permission before you use a work
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