What is the Teach Act?

The “Technology, education and Copyright Harmonization Act” (TEACH Act):

  • Provides educators more opportunity for the use of copyrighted works in distance education programs
  • Offers adequate copyright protection to those works.

In order to qualify educators must meet these requirements:

Institutions must:

  • Be an accredited, non-profit educational institution
  • Have copyright policies and must post a copyright notice on online course materials
  • Have technological measures in place to support compliance with TEACH Act requirements

Copyright materials:

  • Must be for a "mediated instructional activity"
  • Must be limited to students enrolled in the class
  • Must be used in live or asynchronous class sessions
  • May not include textbook materials "typically acquired or purchased by students"
  • Only "reasonable portions" of the original work may be used

For a more detailed explanation and definitions of terms, See opens new windowCopyright Crash Course .

Copyright Basics: Teach Act