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Copyright: Music

What you can do

Rationale/Defense

What you can use

How much you can use

Restrictions & Conditions

Play (perform) in a face-to-face classroom 

Copyright Act

Records

Cassette tapes

CDs

Audio clips from the internet (legally acquired)

The TEACH Act excludes material produced or marketed for mediated instructional activities over digital networks. 

No restrictions

Must acquire materials legally and cite sources 

Transmit over the

Internet or TV (perform) as part of a class section 

Teach Act

Records

Cassette tapes

CDs

Audio clips from the internet (legally acquired)

The TEACH Act excludes material produced or marketed for mediated instructional activities over digital networks. 

Reasonable and limited portions

of dramatic musical works

 

Entire nondramatic musical works 

Must acquire materials legally and cite sources 

Transmit over the Internet or TV (perform) during a class or as a course enhancement

Incorporate into a multimedia or video project to be used as a part of a course 

Fair Use Doctrine and Guidelines

Records

Cassette tapes

CDs

Audio clips from the internet (legally acquired)

The TEACH Act excludes material produced or marketed for mediated instructional activities over digital networks. 

Up to 10 percent or 30 seconds, whichever is less, of music and lyrics from an individual musical work

Entire works may be transmitted only once without permission. 

Use of copyrighted materials is subject to the Fair Use Test (see above.) 

Use of the heart of the work is infringement.

Technological measures must be in place to prevent unauthorized access or copying.

Must acquire materials legally and cite sources 

Free Resources

Music Copyright Videos