To foster education and drive awareness about authors’ rights worldwide, CISAC has developed massive open online courses (MOOCs) in partnership with FutureLearn, the online platform of Open University UK. The MOOCs allow for the greatest number of people to have access to information related to rights and protections of creators and the creative sector. Built over 90 years of expertise in authors’ rights, the courses are taught by leading experts in the field and are reflective of the high standards established and enforced throughout the Confederation and its members.
“Exploring Copyright: History, Culture, Industry” is an introduction to the importance of copyright and its history from the Renaissance to the Internet. It explores how composers and writers make a living as well as how have key events and inventions created a marketplace and industry for cultural goods.
“Copyright and the Business of Creative Industries”, the first CISAC University course to receive CPD certification, explains how copyright rules are applied and the flow of economic benefit between creators, rightsholders and users of creative works. CPD (Continuing Professional Development) is an accreditation that verifies that a learning activity has achieved specific standards and benchmarks. It is delivered by the CPD Certification Service, an independent accreditation centre focussed on learning activities that enhance career development.