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Academics & Copyright: Distance Education

The information in this guide has been gathered from the American Library Association, Library of Congress, United States Copyright Office, Copyright Clearance Center, Miami Dade College, and Columbia University Library.

Copyright and Online Courses

Dr. Kenneth Crews has written extensively about the guidelines and the problems of using them as a substitute for fair use. Here are some topics he touched based on distance education.

Instructors may use materials in distance education under these circumstances:

  • Your materials are in the public domain
  • Obtaining permission from the copyright owner
  • Applying fair use in materials used
  • Meeting the requirements of the TEACH Act (Technology, Education And Copyright Harmonization Act)                                                          

For information on the TEACH Act Statute, see Section 110(2) of the Copyright Act