Copyright Timeline

I created this timeline using It was pretty easy to add events and images to the timeline and embed it here. I created this timeline for an audience of people like myself (in other words, I wanted this timeline to fill in my own gaps of knowledge). Particularly, I was considering teachers who teach online, or want to integrate possibly copyrighted material into their classrooms.

Consequently, I included two primary types of events: (1) major laws/revisions to the U.S. Copyright Act, to build a basic knowledge of copyright law, and (2) the types of materials covered under copyright (and when they were added). Each event has an image and a link to more information. Also, considering my audience, I included three videos (under “Copyright Act of 1790,” “Fair Use and First Sale,” and “TEACH Act of 2002”), because each of these three events are particularly important for me (and other teachers) to know about.