ERIC Number: EJ769989
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Copyright and Distance Education: Making Sense of the TEACH Act
Crews, Kenneth D.
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v35 n6 p34-39 Nov-Dec 2003
The recent effort by Congress to bring clarity to the issues of copyright and distance education may have generated some satisfaction among educators. Yet it also has produced an entirely new roster of questions and has placed a new set of duties on educators and administrators seeking to develop robust distance-education programs. The "Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization Act" (TEACH Act), enacted and signed into law in late 2002, allows a wide array of uses of copyrighted works--without risk of copyright infringement--but only within defined limits and only if the instructor and the educational institution take careful steps to implement the law. Educators are likely to try to employ the new law, knowing that innovative teaching often demands the use of copyrighted materials, and realizing that distance education is a vital element of modern teaching. In this article, the author discusses the need for scholars, as well as librarians, to examine shifts in rules for intellectual property and resources in an analysis of the TEACH Act. Staying within the boundaries of a new law that protects copyrighted works while permitting use of those materials in distance education under certain guidelines could be a formidable challenge for educators and directly affect future distance learning endeavor.
Descriptors: Distance Education, Copyrights, Federal Legislation, Higher Education, Legal Responsibility
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Technology Education and Copyright Harmonization Act 2002