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Online & Active Teaching Resources (University/College-Level): Copyright & Fair Use

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Duquesne University Copyright and Fair Use

Distance Education and the TEACH Act

Distance Education and the TEACH Act

On November 2nd, 2002, the "Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization Act" (the TEACH Act), part of the larger Justice Reauthorization legislation (H.R. 2215), was signed into law by President Bush. Long anticipated by educators and librarians, TEACH redefines the terms and conditions on which accredited, nonprofit educational institutions throughout the U.S. may use copyright protected materials in distance education-including on websites and by other digital means--without permission from the copyright owner and without payment of royalties.



"Distance Education and the TEACH Act", American Library Association, January 29, 2010. (Accessed November 14, 2017)

Document ID: 9d8f5c0b-a3dc-ec84-2158-da9cc1631d51

Specific technological requirements of the TEACH Act that are relevant to Blackboard™ :

In summary, if instructors and/or institutions wish to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the TEACH Act for using copyrighted materials, they must reasonably:

  • limit access to copyrighted works to students currently enrolled in the class;
  • limit access only for the time needed to complete the class session or course;
  • inform instructors, students, and staff of copyright laws and policies;
  • prevent further copying or redistribution of copyrighted works; and
  • not interfere with copy protection mechanisms


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