Copyright Law Basics for Facilitators: Using the Work of Others

Author(s): Meghan LaVelle, DNP, RN, CEN, ACNS-BC, Beth Elchek LaVelle, PhD, CEN, RN-BC, CPPS

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Activity Summary

Understanding the basics of copyright law is important for facilitators who create and deliver educational materials for presentations. Cartoons, pictures, photos, music and characters created by others are commonly used to make educational presentations more interesting. However, using others’ content without permission can put you and/or your employer at legal risk. This webinar discusses important information on copyright law related to the use of protected audio or visual resources, frequently cited excuses for copyright violations (e.g., its availability on the internet, doctrine of Fair Use, TEACH Act) and why those excuses may or may not apply to the facilitator who creates learning materials for a poster, a conference or a webinar. Case studies based on “real-life” situations a facilitator might encounter are used to support the didactic information and are part of completing the CE activity.

Copyright Basics Case Studies


  • Describe basic concepts of copyright law guiding the use of others’ works when facilitating learning at a conference, online, or via a webinar.
  • Identify common misperceptions of copyright law and the impact on people who teach for professional organizations (rather than teaching in academia).
  • Apply “best practice” when using others’ works.

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Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1036, for 1.00 contact hours.

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