TEACH Act Checklist

Instructions: Review each of the statements listed below. Click on a box to insert or remove a check mark. If all boxes are checked, you comply with the TEACH Act.

Print the form. At the bottom of the page, identify yourself, the course and the material being considered.

Sign, date and retain the page with your course records.

Note: The first four items comply and have been checked for you because the Connecticut State University System is compliant with those items. If you are not a CSUS educator, please mark the boxes appropriately for your institution.

To comply with the TEACH Act, all checkboxes should be checked.

My institution is a nonprofit accredited educational institution or a governmental agency
My institution has a policy on the use of copyrighted materials.
My institution provides accurate information to faculty, students and staff about copyright
The institution's systems will not interfere with technological controls within the materials I want to use
The materials I want to use are specifically for students in my class
Only those students will have access to the materials
The materials will be provided at my direction during the relevant lesson
The materials are directly related and of material assistance to my teaching content
My class is part of the regular offerings of my institution
I will include a notice that the materials are protected by copyright
I will use technology that reasonably limits the students' ability to retain or further distribute the materials
I will make the materials available to the students only for a period of time that is relevant to the context of a class session
I will store the materials on a secure server and transmit them only as permitted by this law (Vista or Luminis Course Tools)
I will not make any copies other than the one I need to make the transmission

The materials are of the proper type and amount the law authorizes:

  • Entire performances of nondramatic literary and musical works

  • Reasonable and limited parts of a dramatic literary, musical, or audiovisual works

  • Displays of other works, such as images, in amounts similar to typical displays in face-to-face teaching

The materials are not among those the law specifically excludes from its coverage:

  • Materials specifically marketed for classroom use for digital distance education

  • Copies I know or should know are illegal

  • Textbooks, coursepacks, electronic reserves and similar materials typically purchased individually by the students for independent review outside the classroom or class session

If I am using an analog original, I checked before digitizing it to be sure:

  • I copied only the amount that I am authorized to transmit

  • There is no digital copy of the work available except with technological protections that prevent my using it for the class in the way the statute authorizes

If I am using a digital original that employs technology that must be circumvented (such as an encrypted DVD), I am:

  • Teaching a Film Studies course
  • I am using "reasonable and limited" portions as part of a compilation of movie scenes.
Name of Instructor:
Name of Course:
Name of Work:

To comply with the TEACH Act, all checkboxes should be checked.

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