Some of the most instrumental copyright policies are the TEACH Act of 2002, the Digital Millenium Copyright Act of 1998 and the Face-to-Face Exception of 1996.
The TEACH Act, or the Technology Education and Copyright Harmonization Act, was passed by Congress in November 2002. It updates the Face-to-Face exception and provides guidance on educators' rights to use copyrighted materials in online courses.
In order for the use of copyrighted materials in distance education to qualify for the TEACH Act exemptions, the following criteria must be met:
Here are a few resources for you to learn more about the TEACH Act.
This act, passed in 1998 and incorporated in 2000, provides guidance for digital transmissions. Some provisions include:
- Prohibits the "circumvention" of any effective "technological protection measure" (e.g., a password or form of encryption) used by a copyright holder to restrict access to its material
- Exempts any online service provider or carrier of digital information (including libraries) from copyright liability because of the content of a transmission made by a user of the provider's or carrier's system (e.g., the user of a library computer system)