The Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act became law in 2002. Some of the special copyright requirements of online distance learning are specifically addressed by the TEACH Act. For example, an entire film or video may be shown in a physical classroom if related to the course, but only “reasonable and limited portions” of films and videos may be shown in the distance education setting.
See Copyright Basics: the TEACH Act from the Copyright Clearance Center for more information.
SINGLE COPYING FOR TEACHERS:
A single copy of the following items may be made for a teacher's scholarly research or use in teaching or preparation to teach a class:
A chapter from a book.
An article from a periodical or newspaper.
A short story, short essay or short poem, whether or not from a collective work.
A chart, graph, diagram, drawing, cartoon or picture from a book, periodical or newspaper.
MULTIPLE COPIES FOR CLASSROOM USE:
Multiple copies (not to exceed more than one copy per pupil in a course) may be made by or for a teacher giving a course for classroom use or discussion, provided that:
The copying meets the tests of brevity and spontaneity; and
Meets the cumulative effect test, and
Each copy includes a notice of copyright.