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Use this guide to find information about copyright for WCC faculty.

Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization Act

Blackboard Logo ImageThe TEACH Act amended the Copyright Act to clarify classroom exceptions for distance learning under the following conditions:

  • Only accredited nonprofit educational institutions or governmental bodies
  • Performances of nondramatic literary works, musical works, or reasonable portions of any other work
  • Display of any other work in an amount comparable to a live classroom.
    • BUT NOT: Digital educational works or unlawful copies
  • At the direction or under supervision of an instructor
  • As an integral part of a class session, instructional activity, or directly related to teaching content. 
  • Solely for and limited to students in the course
  • Retention of content in accessible form must not be for longer than one class session
  • The institution must implement technology that prevents unauthorized further dissemination in accessible form
  • No one can interfere with a copyright holder's technological measures that prevent such retention or dissemination

Note: Conversion from Analog to Digital is acceptable if there is no digital version available to the institution, or the available digital version is technologically protected in a way that prevents TEACH uses.