Course Description

Building on the knowledge gained in Introduction to IP and IP Strategy for Creative Entrepreneurs, this course, developed in partnership with the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor, Gilbert’s LLP, and eCampus Ontario, explores the basic principles that underlie copyright protection and distinguish between copyright rights and moral rights under Canadian law. Students are introduced to the general scope of rights afforded by the Copyright Act, and how it applies to creative industries. The course addresses how copyright protection is obtained and registered, copyright infringement, understanding the concept of ownership in copyright, and also discusses how copyright can be exploited in different ways, including licensing. Students are shown different examples of commonly used “open licenses” in the creative and tech industries. The course examines how copyright applies in practice, with a focus on copyright issues commonly encountered by entrepreneurs and small to medium-sized businesses. The course empowers creative professionals with an understanding of their legal rights, so they may advocate for themselves and engage in informed discussions with legal professionals.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will learn:

  • The basics of copyright law including the source of law and the basic legal framework,
  • Fluency in copyright law concepts and terminology,
  • The basic scope of protection provided by copyright law and how it applies to a variety of works,
  • The general mechanisms behind copyright ownership, transfer of ownership, and licensing.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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