The Technology Education and Copyright Harmonization Act (TEACH Act) was enacted by Congress in the fall of 2002. The American Library Association describes this way, "The law is a complete revision of the current Section 110(2) of the U.S. Copyright Act, and one of its fundamental objectives is to strike a balance between protecting copyrighted works, while permitting educators to use those materials in distance education."
The TEACH Act does change some long standing issues regarding copyright and technology and assigns responsibilities for adherence to copyright protection in a much broader manner than in the past. Anyone who is delivering information online (or receiving information online through a class) should be familiar with the TEACH Act as well as general copyright law.
This page provides links to the legislation itself as well as web pages which offer different interpretations of the new law.