Welcome!!! I’m Shauna Riedy and I am going to tell you about the Teach Act.
The overview of this power point will be to discuss the teach act, when it was developed, what it means for teachers, and how does it relate to copyright.
Teach Act is a law that provides educators with a separate set of copyright regulations which is in addition to fair use to display, show, and perform others’ works in the classroom. These rights apply to any work regardless of the media used.
The Teach Act refers to any work such as a copying books, workbooks, music, videos, and any copyrighted work.
The Teach Act also recognized digital distant education learning by expanding educators rights to perform and display works to make distant learning closer to the regulations to the face to face learning. In a face to face classroom an educator may show or perform any work related to the curriculum regardless of the medium, but to use this same curriculum for online learning the material must be limited to only using clips or segments of audio, musical, and video medium. Instructors may use a wider range of works in distant learning environments.
This act includes two critical institutional requirements. The first one applies to accredited nonprofit educational institutes for K-12 and higher education which is very important for institutions to become accredited. The second one states education originations must have a published policy regarding teacher use of copyrighted materials with on going training for faculty, staff, and students.
The Teach Act was enacted by congress by George W. Bush in November of 2002. This law amended section 110 which started to address distance learning issues.
The copyright requirements for distant education is limited for only students enrolled in the course to have access to the material. These materials must be used in the same manner for the online course as they would be used in a face to face courses, and must be made available for the same time periods. The use must be used for live or asynchronized class sessions. When using an instructional video, only the essential parts of the videos may be used such as clips or segments. All materials used must be obtained legally with the copyright made known directly on the material, so the student would be aware that this material is copyrighted. Materials which are not presently digitized may be converted for online use only.
According to the book Teach and Learning at a distance section110’s role has always been to permit educators to share materials with their students and to show their students work to others, but when distant education became more widespread section 110 had lots of loop holes which did not address the distant educator or online courses now it has been revised to permit educators to show materials which were not covered before.
The new section 110 (2) limits who may display and perform how much of what materials and under what circumstances.
According to the Book Teaching and Learning at a distance section 110 (2) expanded rights include: Number one transmitting performances of all of a non-dramatic literary or musical work. This excludes audio visual works. Number two is transmitting reasonable and limited portions of any other performance this includes all audio visual works which was excluded from number one. Number 3 is transmitting displays of any work in amounts comparable to typical face-to-face displays and this includes still images of all kinds.
Educators will still need to rely heavily on the fair use guidelines due to online curriculum uses a lot of copying course materials. The Teach Act addresses class performance and displays not digital delivery of extra reading, viewing or listening.
By clicking on these websites they will provide you with Fair Use guidelines for educational multimedia.
Seeking permission from the right holders may be a challenging task but a necessary one. There is no simple procedure to determine what is acceptable to copy or not. If the guidelines are not applicable and fair use is cannot be determined, and Teach Act does not apply then the best procedure is to seek permission from the rights holders.
Some common questions about copyrighting include: Can I use the same clip of the copyrighted work in a later class sessions? The teach act allows you to use the same clips in the context of the same class session at a later date without permission from the author but if used consecutively in different class sections permission must be obtained. The second question is can my distant education course include a link to copyrighted material on another website? Simple linking to authorized sites is not copyrighting. This is actually an effective means for avoiding copyright concerns.
The primary purpose of the Teach Act is to create an even playing field for distant learners and educators with the rights of copyright holders.
Copyright Essentials for Distance Education
Teach Act Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization ActBy:Shauna Riedy
Overview:• What is the Teach Act?• When was the Teach Act developed?• What does it mean for teachers?• How does it relate to Copyright?
Expanded Rights Include:1. Transmitting performances of all of a non-dramatic literary or musical work.1. Transmitting reasonable and limited portions of any other performance1. Transmitting displays of any work in amounts comparable to typical face-to- face displays
Remember if…• Guidelines are not applicable, and fair use cannot be determined• Teach Act does not apply Best procedure is to seek permission from rights holders.
Common Questions:Can I use the same clip of the copyrightedwork in a later class sessions?Can my distant education course include alink to copyrighted material on anotherwebsite?
The primary purpose of the Teach Act is to create an even playing field for distant learners and educators withthe rights of copyright holders.
References:Fair use guidelines for educational multimedia. (2002, June 20).Retrieved from http://www.adec.edu/admin/papers/fair10-17.htmlHarper, G. K. (2001,2007). Fair use guidelines for educationalmultimedia . Retrieved fromhttp://copyright.lib.utexas.edu/ccmcguid.htmlThe teach act and some frequently asked questions. (1997-2013).Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/advocacy/copyright/teachact/faqSmaldino, Sharon, Michael Albright, Susan Zvacek, and MichaelSimonson. Teaching and Learning at a Distance . 5th. Boston, MA:Pearson, 2012. 294-313. Print.