Learn all you need to know about music copyright


Want to know how copyright evolved around the world and its relevance in the digital music marketplace? Sign up for this free course to learn about your rights.

The Exploring Copyright: History, Culture, Industry programme starts on 17 September and is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

It is presented by the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) and FutureLearn, and will explain how creators and authors gained protection under law to earn remuneration for their work.

It will also explore how authors’ rights contributed to economic growth over the centuries as well as how digital technology has presented new opportunities and challenges for receiving equitable remuneration for their artistic endeavours.

The course includes articles, videos, illustrated timelines, quizzes and interactive discussions.

Copyright lawyer, professor and former UBC executive director Marisa Gandelman is the educator behind the course. She said: ‘If you are part of the creative industries, the course will explain how laws are the result of social processes, and how people’s understanding of the need to remunerate authors for their works has evolved over time.

‘For the curious non-expert, the course teaches that things we consume on the internet did not fall from heaven; they are the result of hard work from authors who deserve and need to be paid for it.’

Gadi Oron, CISAC director general, added: ‘For something that is so fundamental to culture, business and our economy, copyright is often not properly understood. We are delighted to be launching the new edition of the course in Spanish and Portuguese, and to be spreading understanding of the vital importance of copyright in the lives of creators globally.’

FutureLearn head of content Nigel Smith commented: ‘In today’s digital age, copyright has become a hot topic with much debate attached to it, which makes it relevant to many people and interesting to even more.

‘Indeed, it’s a topic close to our own hearts, especially when it comes to digital copyright, so we’re delighted to see this course continue its success with runs in additional languages. It’s an important issue and the success of the course so far shows that people want to know more about it.’

Learn more about the course and sign up here.