The best way to grapple with applying the TEACH Act's exemptions to online teaching is to think about specific instructional scenarios.
Remember: the TEACH Act simply facilitates some uses of copyrighted materials for instructional purposes without the need for permission or license. If you already have permission or a license to use any material, you don't need the TEACH Act.
The interpretations given on this page are suggestions based on a reasonable reading of §110(2) and related sections relevant to the TEACH Act. They are presented for informational purposes and should not be construed as a substitute for proper legal advice.
Articles & Readings examples
Summary of Uses & Exemptions
The following table presents a basic grid of content types and the exempted uses that are possible under the TEACH Act.
|Content type||Exemption||Usage in theory...||In reality|
|Unlicensed article PDF||Display||Amount comparable to F2F session||None|
|Still image or chart||Display||Amount comparable to F2F session||Complete content is ok|
|Musical recording||Performance||Complete work||Complete works are ok|
|Audiovisual or dramatic work||Performance||Reasonable and limited portion||Clips only; no complete works|
Remember: the TEACH Act does not preclude using content under Fair Use.