This guide is intended for informational purposes and should not be construed as legal advice or guidance. If you have specific legal questions, please contact EMU's Legal Affairs Office.
Portions of this page are derived from University of Michigan Library's guide, Copyright Basics - Teaching, licensed under Creative Commons license CC BY 4.0.
Many uses of copyrighted materials in the classroom can be justified using copyright law's fair use exemption.
Please see the "Fair Use" page on this guide for more information.
Other classroom exemptions are detailed below.
U.S. copyright law permits certain uses of copyrighted works in face-to-face teaching. As an instructor or student, you are allowed to perform or display a copyrighted work without permission as long as the following conditions are met:
If the work is a motion picture or other audiovisual work, you must use a copy of the work that was lawfully made.
This is codified at 17 U.S.C. § 110(1).
U.S. copyright law gives instructors the right to use copyright-protected works for distance learning without permission under certain circumstances.
and the copyrighted work
and your use is:
and your institution
then U.S. copyright law permits your use.
You can read this provision, often referred to as TEACH Act, at 17 U.S.C. § 110.