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Faculty Help: Copyright: TEACH Act Checklist

TEACH Act Checklist

  • The materials I want to use are specifically for students in my class.
  • Only those students will have access to the materials.
  • The materials will be provided at my direction during the relevant lesson.
  • The materials are directly related and of material assistance to my teaching content.
  • My class is part of the regular offerings of my institution.
  • I will include a notice that the materials are protected by copyright.
  • I will use technology that reasonably limits the students' ability to retain or further distribute the materials.
  • I will make the materials available to the students only for a period of time that is relevant to the context of a class session.
  • I will store the materials on a secure server and transmit them only as permitted by this law.
  • I will not make any copies other than the one I need to make the transmission.
  • The materials are of the proper type amount the law authorizes:
    • Entire performances of nondramatic literary and musical works:
    • Reasonable and limited parts of a dramatic literary, musical, or audiovisual works
    • Displays of other works, such as images, in amounts similar to typical displays in face-to-face teaching
  • The materials are not among those the law specifically excludes from its coverage:
    • Materials specifically marketed for classroom use for digital distance education
    • Copies I know or should know are illegal
    • Textbooks, coursepacks, electronic reserves and similar materials typically purchased individually by the students for independent review outside the classroom or class session
  • If I am using an analog original, I checked before digitizing it to be sure:
    • I copied only the amount that I am authorized to transmit
    • There is no digital copy of the work available except with technological protections that prevent my using it for the class in the way the statute authorizes.
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