Online and Distance Education (T.E.A.C.H. Act)
The TEACH Act (Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization) is a provision of copyright law that covers the performance or display of copyrighted works in distance learning and in the online or distance components of face-to face courses that utilize these.
If you are teaching a distance or online course, or include a distance or online component in a face-to-face course, you can use copyright protected audio or video materials if you abide by the following guidelines:
- These materials must be used as part of your instruction.
- These materials must have a direct connection to the current curriculum.
- Only students who are officially registered in the course may have access to these materials.
- Once the instruction is over, any copies of these materials must be immediately made irretrievable.
- The party which transmits these materials (the instructor, school, etc.) must be responsible for protecting the copyrighted materials.
Guide to the TEACH Act: Explanation of the details of the TEACH Act from the University System of Georgia.
The TEACH Act Toolkit: Details on the TEACH Act from the University of Texas.
TEACH Act FAQs: The American Library Association clarifies the details of the TEACH Act.
Roles, Rules, and Responsibilities: A brief guide to the TEACH Act from the Copyright Clearance Center.