Have you ever thought about how a composer or a writer makes a living? This course will explore the history of creators becoming professionals. You’ll learn how copyright law developed from the idea that an artistic work is the property of its creator. You’ll discover how advances in communication, beginning with the invention of the printing press in the 15th century, have enabled the growth of the creative industries. We’ll also consider why the latest digital technologies present both opportunities and challenges for today’s copyright holders.
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
Be familiar with the concepts of copyright and authors’ rights.
Understand how copyright became a powerful tool in the marketplace for artistic works.
Learn about the legal framework for the protection of creative works.
Raise awareness of the legal protection system as an essential tool for building a fair trade market for creators.
Who is the course for?
This is an introductory course open to anyone with an interest in history and copyright. It might also be of interest to anyone in the creative and cultural industries.