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Shenandoah University

Copyright for Faculty: TEACH Act

TEACH Act Basics

The Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act offers greater copyright freedom for distance learning instruction if schools enable certain restrictions.

  • TEACH's "perform or display" language can be interpreted more broadly than previous copyright law.
  • Materials may only be accessed by students enrolled in online face-to-face or asynchronous class sessions.
  • Passwords aren't enough: schools must limit saving and reproducing content with additional technology.

Attach this TEACH-compliant statement to uploaded content in Canvas:

"These [materials][documents] are being made available to you pursuant to the Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization Act. [Materials][documents] are subject to copyright protection as noted below, and may not be reproduced, distributed or publicly displayed without the prior written consent of the copyright owner." — SU General Counsel

TEACH Act Tools & Information