The Technology Education and Copyright Harmonization Act is an expansion of U.S. Copyright Law that provides allowances for online/distance education programs. Key points include:
Compliance with the TEACH Act for online and/or distance education includes:
The TEACH Act emphasizes the instructor's responsibility for knowing what can or cannot be posted or shared legally. Instructors ultimately supervise the use of copyrighted works within a learning management system. Content posted for a course should serve educational purposes and not entertainment and/or commercial purposes.
For assistance with assessing TEACH Act compliance, please use our TEACH Act checklist linked below.
Fair use and the TEACH Act are both exceptions/limitations to U.S. Copyright Law. This means limited reuse of copyrighted works is allowed without having to seek permission. Under the TEACH Act, instructors may:
For assistance with understanding Fair Use, please use our Fair Use checklist as a guide:
The TEACH Act requires providing direct links to a content found within library databases rather than uploading the materials to a learning management system (LMS) or other web platform. Due to the licensing agreements between database providers and libraries, instructors eliminate the risk of violating U.S. Copyright Law and other contractual agreements by linking to electronic resources through the library. Additionally, content is usually more accessible to people with disabilities within the database environment.
For assistance with creating a stable or "permalinks" to library database content:
Use the acronym "LEARN" as a guide to understanding how you can safely share course materials with your students under the TEACH Act:
Do you want to learn more about online distance education at Fordham? Visit Fordham IT's resources for teaching online and check out additional pages on this research guide to understand copyright and fair use.