The Copyright Essentials for K-12 Certificate Course is an online, self-paced course created to explain complex issues related to copyright and education in the U.S. in simple, easy-to-understand ways. The course explains:

  • What educators, ed tech providers, and curriculum developers need to know about copyright in the classroom
  • Which rights do and do not come with the educational materials schools are using every day
  • How new software and technology has an impact on copyright in the classroom

The course speaks directly to what educators today need to know about copyright and helps them enhance their organization’s copyright compliance program. The course has no prerequisites, and is suitable for those new to copyright and those with some level of understanding.


“My entire department took this course, and it was well conceived and delivered.”
– Recent K-12 copyright webinar attendee

“Wow! This was outstanding! So much information. I was really enlightened and it helped to clear up many of my questions/concerns.”
– Recent K-12 copyright webinar attendee

Who should attend?

Copyright Essentials for K-12 is of particular interest to those who directly create/develop  instructional materials for K-12 education or who are involved in their adoption including:

Schools, School Districts, and Departments of Education Educators Curriculum developers
Superintendents, school administrators, and staff Librarians and information managers General Counsel
Educational Technology providers ELA core and supplemental curriculum developers K-12 custom publishers
How is the certificate earned?

Suitable for individuals or group professional development, the Copyright Essentials for K-12 Certificate Course offers registrants the ability to assess progress through a “Test Your Knowledge” activity following each section, and earn a certificate of achievement with a passing score of 80% on the final review. Course materials are available for a full year after registering. This course does not qualify for Continuing Education Credits.

How much does it cost?

$99 per person. For group rates, please contact us prior to registering.


“Excellent information! One of the best I have seen. Thank you for clarifying the confusing rules applying to the copyrights of materials used in the classroom.”
– Recent K-12 copyright webinar attendees

“This was a nice refresher on the dos and don’ts of using copyrighted material. To help implement change, I now plan to suggest a presentation on copyright at my school’s next Development Day workshop.”
– Recent K-12 copyright webinar attendee



Created with curriculum developers and educators in mind, the Copyright Essentials for K-12 Certificate Course covers what you need to know:

Section 1: Copyright Basics
  • Overview of U.S. copyright law
  • Why copyright matters in education
  • Public domain, fair use, and copyright infringement
Section 2: Infringement Case Analysis
  • Review of relevant copyright cases
  • The impact of copyright case law on educators
  • Compliant uses of content in the classroom
Section 3: Related Concepts
  • First Sale Doctrine: Section 109 of the Copyright Act
  • Exceptions and limitations in the classroom
  • The use of images, music, and video in the classroom
  • The use of Open Educational Resources



This course was created by two of the industry’s leading voices on copyright with input from dozens of school district administrators, course developers, and educators.

Roy Kaufman, Managing Director of Business Development & Government Relations, CCC

Roy Kaufman is CCC’s Managing Director of Business Development & Government Relations and an expert on copyright in education. He has written and lectured extensively on the subjects of copyright, licensing, open access, text/data mining, new media, artists’ rights, and art law. Roy is Editor-in-Chief of Art Law Handbook: From Antiquities to the Internet and author of two books on publishing contract law. Roy advises the US Government on international trade matters through membership in International Trade Advisory Committee (ITAC) 13 – Intellectual Property, and in July 2021, Roy was appointed a member of the Library of Congress Copyright Public Modernization Committee (CPMC). Prior to CCC, Roy served as Legal Director, John Wiley and Sons, Inc. He is a member of the Bar of the State of New York, the Author’s Guild, and the editorial board of UKSG Insights. He is a graduate of Brandeis University and Columbia Law School.

Fred Haber, Vice President and Senior Counsel, CCC

Fred Haber is CCC’s Vice President and Senior Counsel and is responsible for the legal aspects of the company’s copyright licensing business as well as of its businesses in software tools and professional services. Fred has created a number of copyright courses including Copyright 101 and Advanced Copyright for Business, Copyright for Academia/Higher Education, and Advanced Copyright for Publishing. Over the past 30 years, Fred has taught every new CCC employee in his immensely popular “Introduction to Copyright” course. Prior to joining CCC, Fred was a senior attorney at the original corporate parent of the Macy’s chain of department stores. Before that, Fred was of counsel to the New York City-based law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP, practicing intellectual property, trade regulation, and antitrust law. He holds bachelor’s, master’s, and law degrees from schools of Harvard University. Fred is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts, New York, and Connecticut.


PLEASE NOTE: The content in this course does not constitute legal advice. This course aims to provide you with tools to understand copyright, but it’s important that you check with your school district’s legal counsel when you need specific guidance about how to use content.