About The Classroom Use Exception
This page will assist with questions regarding the following:
Copyright law places a high value on educational uses. The Classroom Use Exemption (17 U.S.C. §110(1)) only applies in very limited situations, but where it does apply, it gives some pretty clear rights. In-class viewing of a copyright work, whether it's an article, book chapter, or video, is considered a public performance that is permitted under the Classroom Use Exemption
To qualify for this exemption:
Sounds a little restrictive? If (and only if!) you meet these conditions, the exemption gives both instructors and students broad rights to perform or display any works.
The Classroom Exemption can be used for the following:
Where does 110(1) not apply?
The Classroom Use Exemption also only authorizes in-person performance or display. If you are making or distributing copies (i.e., handing out readings in class), this exemption does not apply.
Disclaimer: The FAU Libraries and its faculty, staff, and administration are not attorneys and cannot interpret the law. This information is provided for educational purposes only and does not substitute for advice from legal counsel.
What about The TEACH Act?
The TEACH Act (17 USC §110(2)) is an exception that allows certain uses of copyrighted works for online use and performances. The law has many provisions for how it can be applied. For an educational institution to use TEACH Act exceptions, it must fulfill the following requirements:
If an institution does not have these policies in place, its instructors cannot individually use The TEACH Act.