Copyright Basics Online Course

Copyright Basics Online Course is an online copyright library tutorial. It is primarily for educating SIU faculty, staff, and students about copyright law and how it relates to them. But you don’t have to be SIU-affiliated to take this online mini course and receive the certificate from us.

Once you have gone through the online tutorial, successfully completed the final test online, answering all questions correctly, you'll be able to request your official Copyright Tutorial Certificate from us. We can customize the certificate to meet your needs.

  • If you are an instructor, you can make this part of your syllabus and require each of your students taking this mini course for credit or you can make this optional for receiving bonus credit. Click here to see the sample certificate for your class.
  • If you are taking this as an individual not for any class, click here to see the sample certificate for you.

Copyright Basics Online Course is an online tutorial adapted from Brigham Young University's Copyright online tutorial with their permission. We want to give them our sincere thanks.


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.