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Copyright Basics

Course Summary

Understanding the basics of copyright and licensing in the United States is vital for anyone working in a creative field, and that includes web designers, developers, and mobile devs. Coding requires creativity, and works created for the web fall under copyright law. This Deep Dive will give you the knowledge you need to both protect and share your own creations. You'll learn how to copyright your website or app, read license agreements, work with open source software and Creative Commons, combat copyright infringement, properly license your own creations, and much more.

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    Course Syllabus

    Let's start with the very basics of copyright and learn what copyright means, how to copyright your work, what can (and can't) be copyrighted, and why learning about copyright is important in the first place. 8 steps
    • Introduction to Copyright Basics 1:39
    • What is Copyright? 2:08
    • How to Copyright Your Work 1:16
    • What Can Be Copyrighted? 4:23
    • What Can Be Copyrighted? 4 questions
    • Trademarks 1:41
    • What Copyright Means to You 1:41
    • Getting Started with Copyright 8 questions

    Fair Use and Public Domain

    While copyright does protect creative works, there are exceptions to copyright such as fair use and the public domain. 9 steps


    Licensing is the way we work with the creative content of others everyday of our lives. Whether you're downloading iTunes, opening up Photoshop, starting a new WordPress blog, or buying a video game, you're agreeing to a license. 9 steps

    Protecting and Sharing Your Work

    It's quite possible to share your work freely on the web while also protecting your copyright. Let's learn about formally registering your copyright, the proper way to write copyright notices, what to do when someone breaks your licensing terms, and some things to consider when sharing online. 6 steps

Course Fee:
USD 25

Course Type:


Course Status:



1 - 4 hours / week

This course is listed under Open Source , Development & Implementations and Digital Media & Games Community

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