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While the Classroom Exception allows for use of copyrighted works in physical settings, it does not extend to virtual classrooms. In 2002 the TEACH Act (Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization Act) was signed into law and appears in Section 110, paragraph (2), and was intended to extend the Classroom Exception to distance learning.
The TEACH Act contains a number of specific requirements that must be met in order to be usable and many instructors find it cumbersome to to meet.
If you are able to meet all of the TEACH Act requirements, then performing or displaying a piece of media via a distance learning classroom is NOT and infringement of copyright. Some of the requirements, such as those regarding technological measures, you may have to contact ITS about.
To document your evaluation of the TEACH Act, fill out a TEACH Act checklist and keep a copy for your records.
If you are not confident that you are able to meet all of the TEACH Act parameters, consider if your use may be considered a Fair Use.
This is not legal advice. RIT Libraries can provide information and research assistance on the topics of copyright and fair use. Questions about legal advice and legal recommendations should be directed to RIT’s Office of Legal Affairs. For RIT's definitive institutional policy regarding copyright, visit the RIT University Copyright Policy.