On-Demand - 4-Part Creative Commons Webinar Series (Part One): Creative Commons & Copyright; Working Together

Description: In this webinar from Creative Commons, you will learn the basics of the global copyright system and how it works in the United States. Creative Commons licenses are built on copyright, so it is important to have a fundamental understanding of copyright concepts, including exceptions and limitations such as the public domain and fair use. This webinar will not turn you into a lawyer, but you will walk away with a solid grounding in how copyright applies to creative works, including open access and Open Educational Resources (OER).

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the session, attendees will be able to:

·        Understand the basics of copyright, including what sorts of works are eligible for copyright protection and how copyright is acquired;

·        Understand certain limits to copyright, such as the public domain; and

·        Understand exceptions to copyright, such as fair use. 

Who Should Attend: This webinar is geared towards a general audience of librarians from all types of libraries and in any type of role. A better understanding of the legal basics will help them serve both their patrons and their colleagues more effectively.


As Learning and Training Manager, Shanna Hollich supports all of CC's programs and projects by identifying and developing professional development and learning opportunities that are relevant to CC's mission, including (but not limited to) the CC Certificates. Prior to joining CC, Shanna worked for 15 years as a librarian across multiple institutions - K-12 school, public, government, and academic. They have worked in public/access services, technical services and cataloging/metadata, and administration, ultimately serving as director for the John Stewart Memorial Library at Wilson College and the Guthrie Memorial Library in Hanover, PA. Their research during this time primarily involved copyright reform, cultural heritage, open access, open education, and social justice.

Prior to CC, Jennryn Wetzler worked on open policy and open educational resources (OER) at the U.S. Department of State, piloting OER use for public diplomacy and global partnerships. She’s also enjoyed gaining a different perspective of education through international development work in Thailand and Niger. Jennryn has a Masters in ‘Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs’ from American University’s School for International Service. She currently lives in Maryland with her husband Nick, and kids. Jennryn enjoys yoga, podcasts and feeding her more daring friends cooking experiments.

Tech Requirements

Core Webinars are held in Zoom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. Closed captioning is available in the Zoom platform.