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Copyright in a Digital World Series

$599.00 $549.00

Early Bird: $499     (Sept 2 – Sept 16)
Standard: $549      (Sept 17 – Sept 30)
Last Minute: $599  (Oct 1 – Oct 6)

*Please specify if you need TEA CPA credit in the
order notes section, during check out.


All workshop prices are per person.

This live workshop is a three-part series. Recording of each session will be available to all registrants following the session.

Target audience: Educators, librarians, educational administrators.

Learn how to think about and use copyright as a tool of empowerment rather than the tool of limitation it is too often understood to be!

This series will provide you with a strong foundation in copyright law within the educational and library context, with a particular emphasis on fair use and what current copyright law means in the digital environment.

Part I: Foundations of Copyright, 11:00 – 1:00 CT, Thursday, October 7, 2021
Part II: Fair Use for Librarians & Educators, 11:00 – 1:00 CT, Thursday, October 14, 2021 
Part III: Copyright in the Online Environment, 11:00 – 1:00 CT, Thursday, October 21, 2021


Part I: Foundations of Copyright, 11:00 – 1:00 CT, Thursday, October 7, 2021
U.S. copyright law is a complex area of law with lots of moving parts.  Part I ensures that you understand not only the content of the federal Copyright Act of 1976, including owner rights and statutory exemptions to those rights, but also its foundational concepts, paving the way for Parts II and III.

Part II: Fair Use for Librarians & Educators, 11:00 – 1:00 CT, Thursday, October 14, 2021 Fair use is the most misunderstood and sometimes the most intimidating area of copyright law.  After this session, you will embrace fair use as a tool of empowerment rather than frustration, feel more confident in making a fair use analysis, and understand how to ensure you own rights under fair use while minimizing your risk in doing so.  Includes discussion of fair use guidelines and statements of best practices.

Part III: Copyright in the Online Environment, 11:00 – 1:00 CT, Thursday, October 21, 2021
Although no separate copyright law governs the Internet or digital works generally, applying copyright in the online environment offers its own particular challenges.  Part III guides you in working through those often confusing and complicated situations so that you can best exercise your rights without crossing risky lines.  Includes exploration of why the law often does not “fit” for digital works, how to address those situations, and the limited provisions of law that do specifically address the Internet.


Digital Information Law’s workshops are different than other copyright workshops you may have encountered. We go to great lengths to boost your take-away from our workshops and ensure that you maximize your learning opportunities!


All DIL workshops are taught by licensed attorney Gretchen McCord, who brings a unique and valuable background to her teaching. Not only is Gretchen an experienced attorney, having practiced copyright law since 2001, but she also has an insider’s perspective on the joys and challenges of today’s librarians and educators. Prior to attending law school, Gretchen had a successful career as an academic librarian and continues to work with librarians and educators who rely on her expertise and skills as they address a range of legal issues. Read more in Gretchen’s biography.


Gretchen has a gift for explaining complex and sometimes confusing concepts in a way that makes them suddenly make sense. As a past workshop participant puts it, “She has the ability to take a subject as amorphous as copyright and turn it into a fascinating workshop full of examples and down-to-earth explanations.”

“Her credentials are only part of her story. Knowing how to convey information is her specialty.”


The law may be the law, but each participant in DIL workshops comes with a unique background and unique needs. We do our best to ensure that your own unique needs are met by encouraging participant interaction throughout. We do this in a few ways:

  • We encourage you to send your questions or concerns in advance, as well as between sessions in multi-part workshops.
  • Gretchen strongly encourages participants to take part in their own learning during each workshop session by sharing their experiences, understanding, and thoughts, as well as their questions.
  • Each workshop is timed to provide opportunity for open Q&A and discussion.


For most workshops, participants are granted access to a restricted page on the DIL website that provides, among other things, links to additional resources on the workshop topic, an archived recording of the workshop, and an opportunity to continue to ask questions after conclusion of that workshop.


All workshop prices are per person.

Workshops may be cancelled up to 24 hours prior to starting time if fewer than 10 students have registered. In such a case, registrants will receive complete refunds.

Contact us if you need a Purchase Order.

Group Discounts

Groups of 4 or more from the same institution receive a 15% discount off basic workshop fees when registering in the same order. Enter the code COPYGROUP2021 at checkout.

Names and email addresses for all participants must be listed in the Note to Seller box during checkout. 

Continuing Ed Credits

All courses are pre-approved for Continuing Professional Education credit with the Texas Education Agency.

Please contact us if you wish to receive credit for these courses from some other entity.

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