Empire State College Is Currently Not TEACH Act Compliant
What is the TEACH Act?
The TEACH Act, passed in 2002, creates something similar to the educational use exemption specifically for online learning. The TEACH Act only applies to educational institutions that meet certain requirements.
What are the TEACH Act requirements for the institution?
- accredited, nonprofit educational institution
- copyright policy compliant with U.S. copyright law
- provides faculty, staff and students with information about U.S. copyright law
- notifies students that materials used in conjunction with a course are subject to copyright protection.
At this time, Empire State College does not meet all of the TEACH Act requirements.
What are the TEACH Act requirements for the technological infrastructure?
- a way to make sure that the content is accessible only to the students enrolled in a particular course, and only for the duration of that course
- a way to make sure that the content is removed at the end of term; the content can't be saved between terms, or stored for future use
- ways to make it impossible, or at least difficult, for users to retain or redistribute copies of the materials; this may include putting audiovisual content on a streaming server, rather than putting the file directly onto the course page for users to download.
What are the TEACH Act requirements on a case-by-case basis?
- The content must be related to the learning objectives of a course that is part of the college's curriculum. It can't be decorative media or intended for entertainment, and it can't be for teacher training, extracurricular activities or a conference.
- The copyrighted content must be included under the direction or supervision of the course instructor, in a situation analogous to playing or displaying the material in a face-to-face classroom. It can't be the equivalent of homework, a research assignment or supplemental materials.
- The content must be legally obtained and legally acquired.
- The content must be presented with a copyright notice and a warning that it is not to be copied or redistributed.
- The content can't be any type typically created and marketed specifically for use by students, such as textbooks, anthologies of selected readings, workbooks or the supplementary materials that come with textbooks.
- You can only digitize the materials yourself if they aren't already available for purchase in the format you need. When you digitize the material, you can only digitize the amount you are going to use for this course. You cannot break or bypass digital rights management technology (passwords, encryption, etc.).
What does the TEACH Act allow?
- You would be able to post an entire, nondramatic, nonfictional work, i.e. a documentary, news broadcast, educational video, reading of a poem or most musical works.
- You would be able to post clips of dramatic or fictional works, i.e., a movie, television program or narrative musical work like an opera or musical. The exact wording is "reasonable and limited portions... comparable to that which is typically displayed in the course of a live classroom session."
- You would be able to post whole images of any size and resolution.
Interactive TEACH Act Checklist
Use this TEACH Act checklist from North Carolina State University to help determine whether what you intend to do is acceptable under the TEACH Act.