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Copyright Guide: Copyright Topics

A focus on copyright issues which may concern TCC faculty and staff -- including fair use, the TEACH Act, public domain and other copyright exceptions and issues. Nothing in this guide is to be construed as legal advice.

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The Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act of 2002 deals primarily with the use of copyrighted materials in distance education or distance learning. It amended Chapter 1 of Title 17 US Code (Copyright Law) and grants exemption for the use of copyrighted materials in specific classroom settings under certain circumstances.

While not as flexible as Fair Use or exemptions for face-to-face classroom settings, it does support educators by allowing transmission of dramatic and audiovisual works as long as they are of "reasonable and limited portions." You may find that, in "many cases, you will need to rely on both [Fair Use and TEACH Act] exemptions to meet your educational goals" (via Ball State University). 

Peer to Peer Policy (P2P) & HEOA

Peer-to-peer file sharing is not illegal, but can be used for illegal distribution and downloading of copyrighted content. 

Digital Millennium Copyright Act

The DMCA might restrict faculty's ability to make copies of material if circumvention/decryption is involved. Some screen-capturing technology may or may not use circumvention measures. 

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