Copyright in eLearning

So as I am a semi-professional photographer I am very aware of the implication of copyright, however how does it apply when creating an eLearning.

For example, I have recently created a Captivate template that looks and feels like 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire'.  I created all the graphics from scratch myself so obviously it isn't spot on to the same design standards but it looks pretty much the same.  The eLearning is only used internally but obviously we are still concerned about copyright infringement.

Does anyone have any thoughts on this, where we might stand, etc?

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Carina Aichinger

Although I am not a copyright expert at all, I'll try to give you some tips.

I would say in general it depends on how close your template is to the original. Imitating someone's work can indeed be a copyright issue, even if it's you own work. Here are some examples: http://copybyte.com/.

Generally, I think it shouldn't be a big problem if you only use it internally. Legal action is usually only taken if people make some kind of profit or build some kind of (good or bad) reputation with the work of someone else.

But I understand your concern, because I also prefer to be on the safe side. You can try to find out if they (the owners of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire") have a department that is responsible for dealing with those kinds of issues and just ask them if you are allowed to use your course as it is.

I hope I could help a bit