Requirements of the TEACH Act
In order to take advantage of the benefits of the TEACH Act, all of the requirements
listed below need to be met:
- Must be an accredited nonprofit educational institution.
- Must have clear institutional policies regarding copyright.
- Must provide informational materials regarding copyright that accurately describe
and promote compliance with the laws of United States relating to copyright.
- Must provide notice to students that materials used in connection with the course
may be subject to copyright protection.
- Transmission of content must be made solely for students officially enrolled in the
course for which the transmission is made, and under the actual supervision of an
- Must apply technological measures that reasonable prevent retention or further dissemination
of the work by recipients of the transmission for longer than the class session.
- May not override any existing technological measures used by copyright owners to prevent
retention or further dissemination.
- May not use digital works produced or marketed primarily for performance/display as
part of mediated instructional activities transmitted via digital networks.
- Must not have any reason to believe that the material is not a lawfully made and acquired
- Must be transmitted in an amount comparable to that which is typically displayed in
the course of a live classroom session.
Since the TEACH Act applies to a fairly narrow type of materials and places such a
burden on the institution and individual instructors, you might consider using fair
use, other licensed materials (such as library resources), or seeking permission from
the copyright holder as alternatives.