Copyright Resources Center hosting OSU discussion group for copyright MOOC

Join the OSU Libraries’ Copyright Resources Center for weekly lunch & learn discussions to accompany the upcoming massive open online course (MOOC) “Copyright for Educators & Librarians.” The free online course is available on Coursera and will run from July 21-August 18. The OSU discussion group will meet each Thursday from 12-1pm for the duration of the course to review each week’s material and discuss any questions you might have. This is a great opportunity to review or learn for the first time about copyright issues and questions affecting teaching, libraries, and education.

The  “Copyright for Educators & Librarians” MOOC will be taught by Kevin Smith from Duke University, Anne Gilliland (formerly of OSU) from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and Lisa Macklin from Emory University. Learn more about the course and sign up for the MOOC here: https://www.coursera.org/course/cfel

Sandra Enimil and Jessica Meindertsma from the OSU Libraries’ Copyright Resources Center will host weekly discussions in Thompson Library, Room 150A each Thursday from 12-1pm (bring your lunch!) for the duration of the course. If you would like to participate from a regional campus, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can arrange for web conferencing. All participants please RSVP to LibCopyright@osu.edu.

OSU discussion group details: 

  • 12-1 pm on Thursdays for the duration of the course: July 24, July 31, August 7, August 14
  • OSU Columbus Campus, Thompson Library, Room 150A
  • Feel free to bring your lunch
  • All participants please RSVP to LibCopyright@osu.edu



By Jessica Meindertsma, Rights Management Specialist at the Copyright Resources Center, The Ohio State University Libraries

CopyrightX: The copyright MOOC

The libraries have been packed with students studying hard for finals over the past week, and we can relate. Your campus copyright librarians went back to school this spring to take part in CopyrightX: a massive open online course covering copyright law and reform produced by Harvard Law School the HarvardX distance-learning initiative, and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

cartoon of copyright resources center staff studying

CopyrightX offers an excellent resource for anyone seeking a comprehensive overview of copyright law and theory. Approximately 18 hours of lectures do not prove insurmountable, though another review accurately describes the course as “a fire-hose of concentrated information.” Lectures are carved up into smaller topical episodes which address specific areas of interest, such as the copyright of fictional characters or joint authorship.

Although the current semester is winding down, anyone may access the course content online and progress through the materials at his or her own pace. The syllabus on the CopyrightX website includes links to all course readings and lectures.


By Jessica Meindertsma, Rights Management Specialist at the Copyright Resources Center, The Ohio State University Libraries