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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

LawShelf Educational Media | Evaluated Learning Experience

Copyright Law (IPL-201)


Various (self-study, self-paced).

Various, distance learning format.

December 2021 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: define copyrights and explain how they are protected by federal law; describe actions that constitute copyright infringement and remedies may be available when infringement occurs; discuss the key purposes of copyright law; distinguish between copyrightable expressions and non-copyrightable ideas; analyze copyright issues that commonly arise from online activity; explain how to build on a copyrighted work in a permissible way; articulate how the law allows for the transfer and licensing of copyrights; identify which actions could constitute copyright infringement and what a copyright owner must prove to prevent illegal use of their copyright; and discuss the defenses an alleged copyright infringer can raise in response to a claim of copyright infringement.


This course focuses on copyright law and copyright protection(intellectual property device that protects a creative work from duplication if it is fixed in a tangible medium). The course examines the types of works that can be protected by copyright law and discusses federal copyright law as set forth in Title 17 of the United States Code. Other topics include enforcement of copyrights, when the  holder lacks the ability to enforce copyrights, ways a copyright is protected, how to build on a copyrighted work, the transfer and licensing of copyrights, and copyright infringement.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Business, Management, or Paralegal Studies (6/21).