Teaching Resources

The Copyright Education and Consultation Program website contains much of the background information it is important to know before beginning a Copyright Education Program at your university.  To help you with your program we have also designed a variety of unique educational materials including lesson plans with handouts, PowerPoint presentations, Prezi presentations, and activities.  We have also created a few marketing materials to help you spread the word about your program.

One of the key things to remember as you host workshops and use these materials is that you absolutely must not offer any legal advice.  Frequently, people will have specific questions about scenarios that they have encountered.  You cannot give them advice about these questions because it would constitute legal advice.  The most you can do is decide what knowledge might be needed to make a decision and them give information on that topic.

For example: you cannot definitively tell a faculty member whether or not his use of an article was fair.  All you can do is explain what fair use is and how to implement it – the decision has to be made by the faculty member.

How Can I Use the Educational Materials?

There is no one right way to use these materials.  You must take your audience and  your own background knowledge into account when designing the best Copyright Education Program for your university.  The materials below can be mixed and matched to create a curriculum that fits your needs.  Think of this page as a ‘menu’ of possibilities – choose whichever ‘dishes’ you would like!  If you are not sure where to begin, there are several example lesson plans that combine different materials from those below.

These materials are all attribution–non-commercial–share-alike works.  This means that you are free to use them as is or change them to suit your own library’s needs as long as you attribute the Copyright Education and Consultation Program, you don’t make any money off of the use, and you place the same license on your subsequent creations.

Prezi Presentations

Below is a Prezi presentation designed to give an audience a very broad, general overview of copyright.  It requires that the presenter have some background knowledge of copyright in order to fill in extra information.  This presentation has been stored as ‘Public & Allow Copy’ so you can make a copy and alter it however you would like!

The presentation contain information on copyright basics, fair use, copyright in research & instruction, getting permission, public domain, open access, and creative commons.  Below are some potential ways you might use the presentation:

  • With subject librarians to refresh their understanding of copyright
  • With faculty who may also need to refresh their understanding or who may have very little previous knowledge of copyright.  It is a good idea in this case to also offer other presentations, meetings, and tools that will allow them to explore copyright more deeply.
  • With students (probably graduates) to introduce the concepts and issues surrounding copyright
  • At a faculty meeting as a way to facilitate discussion about each of the topics covered (rather than just a review)

Other directions:

  • Be sure to go through the Prezi at a moderate to slow pace – the zooming feature is neat but can make some people a little dizzy if you move through it quickly
  • Make sure to delete the text that says “Delete this!” and to modify the few university-specific areas – if you don’t know how to use Prezi, check out this tutorial
  • The presentation was not designed to just be read out loud – use your knowledge of copy to elaborate wherever possible

General Overview Prezi

PowerPoint Presentations

Each of these presentations covers one particular aspect of copyright.  As  you have probably figured out by looking through this website, the different parts of copyright are often closely related and, as such, difficult to understand unless you learn about all of them.  It is not recommended that you only give one of these presentations to an audience without further contextualization or background information.  Doing so may lead to an incomplete understanding of copyright which could cause problems later!

Instead you can use the presentations in some of the following ways:

  • Hosting several short, consecutive mini-copyright sessions and using one to two presentations per session
  • Combining the several presentations to make a longer presentation that will be relevant to your audience
  • Inserting one of the presentations into a larger copyright session you have designed

Each presentation also has extensive notes built into it for the presenter’s benefit (or the audience if you want to provide printouts with notes).

Copyright Basics | Fair Use | Getting Permission | Author’s Rights | Public Domain | Research & Copyright | Copyright in the ClassroomCopyright in Libraries (Section 108)


These activities include writing exercises, scenarios, and videos.  They can be incorporated into the presentations above and are a great way to get faculty and staff to begin grappling with some of the questions that copyright presents.  Keep in mind that different audiences will prefer different types of activities!

Writing Exercises | Scenarios | Stanford’s A Fair(y) Use Tale (not made by us but a fun way to draw people in!)

Lesson Plans & Handouts

There are many, many ways to combine the educational materials on this page into unique and interesting lessons.  Below are some sample lesson plans that you may want to follow or use as inspiration.  Feel free to adapt or change them in any way that will be most beneficial to your library’s needs.

“Every Day Copyright” PowerPoint & Lesson Plan | “Using Copyrighted Works” PowerPoint & Lesson Plan | “Copyright Basics” Lesson Plan | “Prezi General Overview” Lesson Plan | Copyright Basics Handout | Library Orientation Instruction | Library One-shot Instruction | Integrated Library Instruction | Brown Bag Session For Faculty

Marketing Materials

These slides can be added to the end of an existing presentation as a sort of “teaser” for future workshops on copyright.

Scenario Ad | Quiz Ad