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The TEACH Act of 2002 extends “fair use” to cover online delivery of course materials. The TEACH Act does not supersede fair use; it merely elaborates fair use doctrine for online course materials. Here is a brief discussion of the TEACH Act.


This link to the TEACH Act checklist will help you determine whether your course materials can be used for online instruction without seeking specific permission from the copyright holder. Again, please err on the side of caution when you use this checklist; if in doubt, always ask permission.


This resource is not a substitute for legal advice. If you want specific advice about a copyright matter, you may contact the UWM Office of Legal Affairs.