Copyright and Teaching
The Classroom, the Internet, and Distance Learning
The following links provide information on laws and related guidelines for classroom copying, educational multimedia use, electronic reserve transmissions, music, off-air recordings, applications of the new TEACH Act, and the effects of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act on distance learning.
- Classroom Copying in Not-for-Profit Educational Institutions (scroll down to the relevant section) Get Adobe Reader.
- Using Course Management Systems: Guidelines and Best Practices for Copyright Compliance (Prepared by the Copyright Clearance Center).
- Using Electronic Reserves: Guidelines and Best Practices for Copyright Compliance (Prepared by the Copyright Clearance Center).
- Interlibrary Loan: Copyright Guidelines and Best Practices (Prepared by the Copyright Clearance Center)
- Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimedia (Prepared by the Educational Multimedia Fair Use Guidelines Development Committee, July 17, 1996)
- Statement on the Digital Transmission of Electronic Reserves (endorsed by the Music Library Association, this focuses on digital audio file copies of copyrighted recordings of music works for course reserve purposes) Get Adobe Reader.
- Guidelines for Educational Uses of Music (Music Library Association)
- Guidelines for Off-Air Recordings of Broadcast Programming for Educational Purposes
- The Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization(TEACH) Act (distance learning) NOTE: This is appended to: An Act to authorize appropriations for the Department of Justice for fiscal year 2002, and for other purposes. <<NOTE: Nov. 2, 2002 – [H.R. 2215]>> The TEACH act is at the end of the document.
The Act eases restrictions on not-for-profit institutions of higher learning, enabling them to transmit “limited and reasonable” portions of videos and other AV works under the supervision of a college instructor over a secure system accessible by enrolled students only. This facilitates distance learning in particular. A brief practical description and handy checklist can be found on the University of Texas’ intellectual property page. A comprehensive interpretation of the act can be found at North Carolina State University’s TEACH Toolkit. On the left navigation bar are links to “implementation,” “background,” and “challenges.”
- Copyright and Digital Distance Education (Library of Congress)
- Use of Copyrighted Materials (University of North Texas)
- Copyright, Distance Education, & Intellectual Property (AAUP)