CISAC starts online course on copyright

CISAC, the organisation representing creators globally, started a free online open course on copyright today, together with FutureLearn. “Exploring Copyright: History, Culture, Industry” will last for four weeks and provides certification upon completion of the course requirements.

The course was created and written by former CISAC Vice-Chairperson Marisa Gandelman and is open to professionals, students, and those interested in knowing more about copyright and its history from the Renaissance to today.

The MOOC will examine:

  • How the concept of an author is connected to their works through rights and how this has evolved over time
  • How authors’ rights have contributed to domestic and global economic growth
  • How the exchange of knowledge and ideas about authors and their rights became global and international law
  • How the World Wars and 20th century technologies affected the rights of authors
  • How digital technology has presented new opportunities and challenges in protecting copyright works and productions 

CISAC Director General Gadi Oron said:

“Copyright education is one of the building blocks for the present and future of the creative industries. Yet it is often not properly understood, and creators often face resistance from commercial interests that try and devalue copyright. CISAC, with its global reach and deep expertise in authors rights, is ideally placed to bring copyright education to the public in every corner of the world.  We are delighted to launch this MOOC and to be spreading understanding of the vital importance of copyright in the lives of creators globally”.

  • Register for Exploring Copyright: History, Culture, Industry here
  • Read CISAC’s press release here

Published on 20 March 2017