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Copyright & Fair Use: Teach Act

Media Librarian

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Farhad Moshiri
Library-Room 205
Audiovisual Collection, Music Collection, Copyright. Library liaison to Art, Modern Languages, Music, and Theater Arts Departments


Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization Act (TEACH ACT)



The Copyright Office was charged to investigate the issues related to copyright and distance education because the fair use guidelines only covered “face-to-face” instruction.  In 2002, the TEACH Act was enacted which expanded faculty members ability to use copyrighted material in a distance learning setting if it directly related to the curriculum and represented “reasonable and limited portions” of the material. Please refer to "Online teaching: Print/Electronic texts" and "Online teaching: Audiovisuals" tabs for detailed rules.

Copyright Clearance Center: The TEACH Act

TEACH ACT Checklist (University of Texas)

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