Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization Act (TEACH)
was signed into law on November 2, 2002. This act updates copyright
law in the area of digital distance education and, if numerous
requirements are met, facilitates the use of copyrighted materials
in digital distance education efforts without having to obtain
prior permission from the copyright owner. It is an effort to
simulate fair use as allowed by copyright law.
However, TEACH imposes certain requirements on the use of
copyrighted materials in distance education. TEACH is more
restrictive than the law allowing face-to-face instructional use of
copyrighted materials. For uses that fall outside the scope of
TEACH, the user should seek permission or evaluate the use under
the fair use exemption of the copyright law.
TEACH is a compromise between the needs of academe to make free
use of copyrighted materials as an efficient and effective teaching
tool, and the needs of copyright holders to protect the value of
their work effort. Most of the TEACH requirements are designed to
allow transmission of copyrighted works (or parts thereof) to a
legitimate student audience for a limited time, without permission
or license fees, while preventing dissemination that could
undermine the market for the works.
In general, faculty who want to incorporate works into digital
transmissions for instructional purposes pursuant to TEACH
Use the Teach Checklist to make sure all requirements have been