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Tutorial: Teach Act

What is the TEACH Act?

Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization Act.
(See Section 110(2) of the U.S. Copyright Act)

The TEACH Act, passed in November 2002, amended copyright law to include instruction via computers so that instructors could more easily use copyrighted works without permission during their teaching, especially for distance education.

The TEACH Act encourages distance learning by expanding the copyright exemption for instruction.

First, the following institutional (e.g. Grossmont) requirements must be met, and they have been:

  • We must be an accredited non-profit educational institution, as we are.

  • We must have policies regarding copyright (see the Copyright Policies link on this copyright website), and must disseminate copyright information and promote copyright compliance (which is exactly what this website does.)

  • Institutions must also provide notice to students that course materials may be copyright protected.

  • Grossmont institutional requirements have been satisfied, so:


Next, go through the questions and answers on the following link to see if what you want to copy/display/perform meets the requirements of the TEACH Act:

http://www.bsu.edu/libraries/forms/relatedfiles/teachactchecklist.pdf

And finally, the following is a link to the 9 page TEACH Act, if you would like to read it yourself:

http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=107_cong_bills&docid=f:s487es.txt.pdf

Last Updated: 12/09/2014
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