Showing Videos in Online Classes and the T.E.A.C.H. Act
The “Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization Act,” or “TEACH Act,” added to copyright law as Section 110(2) in 2002, outlines how educators may use copyrighted works in their online classes. It includes a sizeable list of conditions that must all be satisfied in order to adhere to the law, including that the media must be lawfully acquired, part of systematic mediated instruction activities, restricted in access, that only portions of dramatic works can be shown, etc.
The USF Libraries created a checklist to help you determine if your use of videos in your distanced courses fits within the conditions of the TEACH Act. Please feel free to contact your librarian with questions or for help with the checklist, or obtain legal advice from USF General Counsel.
If your use does not fit the T.E.A.C.H. Act you can still link to the material. Linking to an image, video, or public website is not copying. While you should still cite and give attribution to the owner of the website, it is not usually required to request permission to link to a publicly available website.
If you are using library licensed content, your use in your class has been pre-negotiated. The USF library provides a robust collection of online videos and databases that can be located via the USF libraries’ catalog. A list of the databases and collections can be found in our Images, Video and Audio guide: Streaming Video linked below.
These materials may be linked to your Canvas course directly or by requesting the title for your online course reserves.