Copyright Law and The TEACH Act


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Copyright Law and The TEACH Act

  1. 1. ©opyright Law & the TEACH Act<br />A primer for distance and online educators<br />Barbara Babcock for EDG6931<br />
  2. 2. Authorship & Ownership<br />The creator of an original work owns the copyright to that work<br />Materials created by any US government agency are in the public domain<br />
  3. 3. Ownership Rights<br /><ul><li>When multiple authors create a work, copyright is jointly assigned to each contributor for the portion they created
  4. 4. To © or not to C---doesn’t matter</li></li></ul><li>“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.”<br />--Hoon, Peggy E. (2002). The TEACH Toolkit: An Online Resource for Understanding Copyright and Distance Education (ONLINE)<br />
  5. 5. The Benefits of TEACH<br /><ul><li>Allows transmission to any location
  6. 6. Lessons may be available for a period of time</li></li></ul><li>Analog and Digital Material<br />In certain cases, instructors may be able to digitize analog sources for transmission<br />
  7. 7. TEACH Sources<br /><ul><li>Instructors may use nearly all kinds of print, broadcast, film, audio, video, or virtual sources
  8. 8. Sources used must meet the criteria for fair use and are relevant to the classroom experience</li></li></ul><li>Compliance: Educators<br />Compliance is required of both the instructor and the institution<br />Instructors must understand and apply the principles of TEACH when designing course content<br />
  9. 9. Institutional Compliance<br /><ul><li>Educational institutions must devise copyright policy and devise controls for web-based delivery of programs</li></li></ul><li>Policies for Compliance<br />Copyright policies must be established and enforced<br />Educational institutions must employ controls that limit who may access any online classes<br />©<br />
  10. 10. Permission and Compliance<br /><ul><li>Permission is required to display supplemental or non-essential resource material
  11. 11. Hyperlinks or references may be provided</li></li></ul><li>Limits for Learners<br /><ul><li>Students should not be able to download online presentations that contain copyrighted materials</li></ul>©<br />
  12. 12. TEACH and Learners<br />Lessons may be presented in a variety of media and available to students for a period of time<br />Students may not be able to download lessons to their own personal computer<br />
  13. 13. When in Doubt…<br />Don’t break the law—get permission<br />Know your institution’s copyright policy, and follow it<br />For more information, visit sites:<br /><br /><br /><br />
  14. 14. For more information<br />For more information on TEACH, visit:<br /><br /><br /><br />
  15. 15. References<br />Copyright and Distance Education (ONLINE).<br />Crews, Kenneth D. (2002). “New Copyright Law for Distance Education: The Meaning and Importance of the TEACH ACT”. (ONLINE).<br />Hoon, Peggy E. (2002). “The TEACH Toolkit: An Online Resource for Understanding Copyright and Distance Education”. (ONLINE).<br />Hoon, Peggy E. (2002). “Scholarly Communication Center: Tutorial Series”. (ONLINE).<br />