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The Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act was enacted in November 2002 as an amendment of the Copyright Act of 1976.  Found in section 110(2), the TEACH Act covers distance education as well as face to face teaching which has an online component.  It allows use of copyrighted works but only within defined limits and requires that the Institution, Instructor, and participants enrolled in a course meet specific criteria.

TEACH Act Criteria

Institution criteria
Faculty and student criteria

Works that are permitted

Works that are Not Permitted

Note:  The TEACH Act is not a replacement for Fair Use.  Therefore, if a use is not permitted under the TEACH Act, it may be permitted under Fair Use.


The TEACH Act: New Roles, Rules and Responsibilities for Academic Institutions
TEACH Act Checklist
Crews, Kenneth (2003). Copyright and Distance Education: Making Sense of the TEACH Act.