Distance learning is one of the hottest trends in edcuation today. By 2010, it is estimated that virtually all colleges will offer some part of their curriculum via distance learning technology, and schools at the K-12 level are also getting in the game. However, the law in this area is underdeveloped and often what is permissible in practice in face-to-face teaching situations constitutes copyright infringement when used in distance learning. This book is designed to explain this disparate treatment, inform educators and attorneys about the legal responsibilities of teaching distance learning courses, and help educational institutions avoid unwanted copyright infringement liability.
A practical guide for lawyers as well as teachers and school administrators, this book covers a variety of topics, including:
- The basics of copyright law
- The "instructional exemptions" in the Copyright Act
- Locating authors and orphan works
- Negotiating effective licensing agreements
- The ownership of electronic courses
- The Digital Millennium Copyright Act
- The TEACH Act
- The future of distance learning
The book also includes valuable appendices such as the educational fair use guidelines for classroom photocopying, music, electronic reserves, library lending and preservation, multimedia presentations, and television broadcasts; sample copyright permission letters; the text of the TEACH Act; a flowchart comparing the current classroom and distance learning rules; and more.