CISAC Launches Free Online Course on Copyright

CISAC, the organisation representing creators globally, and the online platform FutureLearn have created a unique, free, global online open course on copyright and authors’ rights that will shortly be rolled out across the world. The course will be launched on March 20th and is available for free to students, creators, policy makers and the general public.

The course, entitled “Exploring Copyright: History, Culture, Industry” will run for four weeks and provides certification upon completion of course requirements. Registrations for the course are now open at

CISAC represents over 4 million creators from all geographic areas and artistic repertoires through its 239 member societies in 123 countries. CISAC promotes the rights of creators worldwide, facilitates revenue collections, provides data and legal expertise and sets best practice standards for its member societies globally. The organisation represents creators of all repertoires, from music to visual arts, audiovisual, drama and literature.

FutureLearn is the online platform of the Open University UK. The course, which has been created and written by former CISAC Vice-Chairperson Marisa Gandelman, is open for professionals, students and those interested in knowing more about copyright and its history from the Renaissance to today.

The MOOC will examine:
• How the concept of an author is connected to their works through rights and how this has evolved over time
• How authors’ rights have contributed to domestic and global economic growth
• How the exchange of knowledge and ideas about authors and their rights became global and international law
• How the World Wars and 20th century technologies affected the rights of authors
• How digital technology has presented new opportunities and challenges in protecting copyright works and productions

CISAC Director General Gadi Oron said:

Copyright education is one of the building blocks for the present and future of the creative industries. Yet it is often not properly understood, and creators often face resistance from commercial interests that try and devalue copyright. CISAC, with its global reach and deep expertise in authors rights, is ideally placed to bring copyright education to the public in every corner of the world. We are delighted to launch this MOOC and to be spreading understanding of the vital importance of copyright in the lives of creators globally”.

To register for Exploring Copyright: History, Culture, Industry, please visit:

About IMRO
Our Board
Our People
Press Room
Governance & Policy
Music Creators
Coronavirus Advice & Resources
Members' Handbook
About Copyright
How do I Copyright a Piece of Music?
Copyright & Traditional Music
Muso Online Protection Solution
History of Performing Rights
FAQs on Copyright
Royalty Distribution Schedule
IMRO Distribution Policies
Competitions & Opportunities
Travel Grant Form
Irish Radio & Useful Contacts
Other Music Bodies in Ireland
Structure of the Irish Music Industry
Affinity Schemes
Music Creators FAQs
International Partners
Music Users
Customer Update | Covid-19
Do I Need a Licence?
Sign Up for a Music Licence
Pay Your Licence Online
IMRO and PPI Tariffs
Dual Music Licence Explained
Music Licences for Businesses
Hair, Beauty & Health
Factories & Offices
Leisure, Sports, Social & Fitness
Functions & Other Events
Pubs & Bars
Restaurants & Hotels
Music on Hold
Music Licences for Live Events
Music Licences for Broadcast & Online
Music for TV Broadcast
IMRO TV Blanket Licence
MCPS TV Blanket Licence
Independent Production Company Licence
Secondary Exploitation / Programme Sales
Music for Radio Broadcast
Music for Online Music Use
Online Music Licences
General Entertainment On Demand (GEOD)
General Entertainment On Demand (GEOD) Licence Form
Performing Right Online Licence (PROL)
Performing Right Online Licence (PROL) Form
Music licences for Recorded Media
Production Music
Production Music Form
Individual Synchronisation (Sync) Rights
Music Licences for CDs & DVDs
AP2 Form
Covermount AP7
AP7 (CD) Form
AP7 (DVD) Form
Premium Products
DVD / AVP Licence (Audio-visual product)
Music Services B2B
Music Users FAQs
FAQs on Music Licensing
What’s Your Soundtrack Campaign
Supporting Music
IMRO Live Music Venue Awards
IMRO Tune-Up Your Business Award
IMRO Academy
IMRO Seminars & Workshops
IMRO Music for Film & TV
Other Voices 2019
Sponsorship Applications
News Archive
Contact Us

Please select login