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Copyrights, Copy Wrongs: Making fair use of intellectual property


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Full course description

Course Introduction

The University of Missouri Extension takes copyright infringement seriously.  It is our responsibility as instructors to be compliant with the laws governing the use of intellectual property.  According to, "Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression.  Copyright covers both published and unpublished works."  Copyright protects your work.  Our own UM System Policies has a page devoted to intellectual property for course materials.  When you design an online course, you need to understand the protection applies to your own work, but also, that of others.  Individuals that have dedicated their time and expertise to content, images or videos are also interested in protecting 

Learning Outcomes

After completing the modules, you will be able to:

  • Utilize the Fair Use Checklist
  • Track image permissions
  • Locate additional resources

Module Topics Include

  • Public domain and Creative Commons
  • Copyright guidelines
  • Copyright decisions and
  • Obtaining and tracking permission

Course Instructors

Jessica Gordon, PhD

Curriculum Consultant, Canvas Administrator
University of Missouri Extension
103E Whitten Hall | Columbia, MO 65211

(573) 884-3177 |




Much of this course and the resources we are providing come from the work of MU Extension Communications and Anne Barker, University of Missouri Libraries.  Thank you for providing information and resources to help us understand the complex nature of copyright in our online courses!

Length: 2 hours


MU Extension Learning and Teaching Services


Credit: Noncredit, Certificate of completion


Audience: Faculty