The Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization Act (TEACH Act), which passed in 2002, addresses the use of copyrighted materials in distance education courses. It amends U.S. Code Title 17 (U.S. Copyright Law), sections 110(2) and 112. However, in order to utilize the TEACH Act, certain requirements must be met in advance.
Use the TEACH Act as a checklist that must be met in order to utilize a work in your class. Remember, however, that the exemptions provided in the TEACH Act are "limited in scope" (Russell 46). You can always use fair use, library-licensed materials, or request permission if your use fails to fall under the TEACH Act.
Ready to use the TEACH Act? Use this handy checklist to see if you meet all of its requirements.
__ My institution is a nonprofit accredited educational institution or a government agency
__ It has a policy on the use of copyrighted materials
__ It provides accurate information to faculty, students and staff about copyright
__ Its systems will not interfere with technological controls within the materials I want to use
__ The materials I want to use are specifically for students in my class
__ Only those students will have access to the materials
__ The materials will be provided at my direction during the relevant lesson
__ The materials are directly related and of material assistance to my teaching content
__ My class is part of the regular offerings of my institution
__ I will include a notice that the materials are protected by copyright
__ I will use technology that reasonably limits the students' ability to retain or further distribute the materials
__ I will make the materials available to the students only for a period of time that is relevant to the context of the class session
__ I will store the materials on a secure server and transmit them only as permitted by this law
__ I will not make copies other than the one I need to make the transmission
__ The materials are of the proper type and amount the law authorizes
__ The materials are not among those the law specifically excludes from its coverage:
__ If I am using an analog original, I checked before digitizing it to be sure: