Copyright Essentials

This course gives you a good understanding of copyright essentials as well as practical tips to help you confidently create, commission, find and use content.


Who is it for?

Content creators and users who need to understand who owns the rights to content and how to comply with copyright law, roles involved in creating products or content in retail, publications, digital, licensing, and marketing, and anyone negotiating licensing or copyright agreements.

What will I learn?

  • What copyright is, what it protects, and how long it lasts for
  • Exceptions to copyright and how to use them
  • How to find free usable content
  • What Creative Commons Licences are
  • How to find a copyright holder and ask permission to use their work
  • How to negotiate a licence agreement 
  • Orphan works
  • The role of risk management and how you can mitigate risk

Course programme

  • Understanding copyright essentials
  • Copyright Exceptions
  • Finding content that you can use without needing prior permission
  • Obtaining permission
  • Orphan works

How do I access this course?

  • This course is FREE for Members. Make sure you’re logged in, hit the enrol button below and follow the booking form. If you don’t have the option to enrol for free, please email to check you’re linked to your organisation’s membership
  • Non-Members can purchase the course below

Once booking is complete you will receive an email giving you access to the course.

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About the course creator

This course has been created by Naomi Korn Associates and delivered by Stephanie Ashcroft, who works for the consultancy as a Rights Researcher and Consultant.

Naomi Korn (pictured) is one of the UK’s leading experts in copyright, data protection and licensing. She is the founder and Managing Director of Naomi Korn Associates and has been supporting the public, corporate, education and charity sectors on rights management and rights exploitation for the last 20 years. 

She is the former Chair, Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance (LACA) from 2013 – 2017. During this period, she led the reform of the UK’s copyright laws on behalf of the cultural heritage sector, resulting in new UK exceptions to copyright in 2014. She has also regularly represented the interests of the sector to UK Government Ministers and she regularly sits on Government advisory groups. From 2002 – 2007, Naomi was the Secretary of the Museums Copyright Group and also a founding member of the Museums IP Network. From 2015-17, Naomi was a Trustee of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), the second largest professional organisation for librarians in the world.

Naomi is a visiting lecturer at University College London, the Kingston University Business School and City University. In November 2017, Naomi was appointed a CREATe Industry Fellow and in 2018 Naomi joined the National Lottery Heritage Fund Advisors Network as a sectorial specialist on rights management supporting the National Lottery Heritage Fund and its funded projects. Naomi has created the programme for the annual CILIP Copyright Conference  since 2011, an event which she also chairs. Together with Charles Oppenheim and Adrienne Muir, Naomi co-authored “Information Law: Compliance for Librarians, Information Professionals and Knowledge Managers”, published in 2020 by Facet Publishing and based on the Compliance Methodology which she created. In 2020, Naomi was awarded the prestigious CILIP KM&I Walford Award for her outstanding contribution to Knowledge and Information Management.

Copyright is a form of intellectual property and just like physical property – it can be bequeathed, sold or licensed. This means that if you own the copyright in a work, you also own the intellectual property, which is a valuable asset in the same way that physical property would be.

Stephanie Ashcroft – Consultant and Rights Researcher, Naomi Korn Associates

On average, this course takes around 2.5hrs to complete initially. You’ll be provided with a learning diary to put your learning into practice.

Learn any time, anywhere

The course is available on-demand, and can be accessed 24/7 via a computer, tablet, or mobile phone through a web browser. All video content is subtitled / captioned.

Evidence of CPD

On successful completion of the course, you’ll receive a digital certificate as proof of your skill level, and commitment to continuing professional development.

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