Schools engaged in distance learning via digital technologies would be able to use copyright-protected materials such as film clips, photographs, and literary excerpts without explicit permission from the copyright holder, under a proposal submitted to Congress by the U.S. Copyright Office.
The report, submitted to the U.S. Senate May 25, seeks to modernize a 1976 law that provided certain copyright exemptions for traditional classrooms and for distance education courses transmitted via broadcast television (analog technology).
The report also seeks to resolve an intense debate between educators and copyright holders over what constitutes "fair use" in the digital age. To protect copyright holders,