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Copyright Law & Fair Use: TEACH Act

Research guide discussing copyright law, fair use, TEACH act, and public performance rights.


The Classroom Use Exemption (17 U.S.C. §110(1)) applies to specific situations and lists clear rights for educators, who may show or perform any work related to the curriculum, regardless of the medium. This exemption states that you must:

  • Be in a classroom or place similar that is for instruction
  • Be engaged in face-to-face, in person instruction
  • Be at a nonprofit education institution  

The TEACH Act (17 U.S.C. §110(2)) provides for additional exemptions for those teaching during synchronous and asynchronous distance education.  

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