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Copyright Resources: Classroom & Online Settings

A guide to provide clear and concise information on copyright law and fair use.

Distance Education & the TEACH Act

The Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act updates sections 110(2) and 112 of the Copyright Act to allow the same activities to take place in an online educational setting.

Statement on the TEACH Act

Here is a nice visual for how to follow best practices in regards to the TEACH Act created by Duke University Libraries and used with their permission



Copyright Exceptions for Teaching

These situations must be face-to-face teaching at not-for-profit educational institutions.

Thanks to Section 110(1) of the Copyright Law, classroom teachers are able to:

  • Read a poem
  • Show a movie
  • Perform a scene from a play

These are some of the many examples teachers and students can use in a classroom setting without violating Copyright.

The following must be adhered to:

  • Work must be lawfully made - no bootleg or counterfeit copies can be used
  • If instructor is recording the classroom activities, students must be informed

Section 110(1) of Copyright Law

Resources You Can Use

The Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library subscribes to many resources that can be used in a classroom setting.  Below are some suggestions.

  • ClinicalKey & ClinicalKey Nursing:  First you need to set up a personal account, and it covers both databases.  Once that is established, use Presentation feature to create and save presentations that utilize data and research contained in these databases.  Screenshot below is from ClinicalKey for Nursing Presentation page.

  • AccessMedicine & AccessSurgery:  These also require a personal account that covers both databases.  Under the Multimedia Tab, choose from a selection of videos and lectures on various topics.


Finer Points of the TEACH Act

No infringement of Copyright is violated if:

  • Performance or display of work is part of instructional activity
  • Institution is non-profit
  • Directly relates to the information taught
  • If copy used is lawfully made and acquired
  • Transmission is made solely for and to students officially enrolled in class
  • No unauthorized further dissemination of work in accessible form
  • Inform students that information is protected by Copyright law
  • Students are not permitted to share the material with others
  • Reasonable technological steps are taken to protect the material (such as using a course management system)
  • Retention of material is accessible for no longer than class is taught