Welcome to the Copyright Tutorial

This tutorial is designed to educate our faculty, staff, and students about copyright law and how it relates to them. BYU's official Copyright Policy states, "All members of the BYU community—faculty, staff, students, volunteers, and patrons—are expected to respect the rights of copyright owners as established by relevant state and federal laws. Members of the BYU community who disregard the Copyright Policy may be in violation of the Church Educational System Honor Code; may jeopardize their employment; may place themselves at risk for possible legal action; and may incur personal liability" (University Handbook). Simply stated, copyright compliance is a citizenship issue.


This course will teach you the basics of copyright law, fair use, and the copyright/licensing issues involved in using a wide variety of materials protected by copyright in your many situations. By the end of this course, you will:

1. Increase your knowledge and understanding of copyright and licensing issues; and know what it means to say that someone owns the copyright to a creative work.

2. Learn more about why copyright law exists and where it all started (the history of copyright).

3. Know how to resolve basic copyright/licensing questions and when, and who to ask for more help.

4. Realize and respect the ethical/moral aspects involved in using materials protected by copyright.

5. Be able to answer a variety of copyright questions and solve specific case studies.