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Acquiring Copyright Protection



Welcome to Lawshelf’s course on acquiring copyright protection. In this course, we’ll introduce you to copyrights and copyright protection. This program is of low difficulty and no prior knowledge of intellectual property law is required.

A copyright is an intellectual property device that protects a creative work from duplication if it is fixed in a tangible medium. The course will look at the types of creations that can be protected by copyright law and discuss federal copyright law as set forth in Title 17 of the United States code.



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Introduction to Copyrights and Their Functions - Module 1 of 5


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Unprotected “Ideas” vs. Copyrightable Tangible Expressions - Module 2 of 5


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Copyright Protection for Digital Content - Module 3 of 5


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Copyright Duration, Renewal and Termination - Module 4 of 5


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The Process of Securing Copyright Protection - Module 5 of 5


Final Exam only needs to be taken by those seeking to earn the Digital Badge credentials for this course.