Educators involved in distance-learning programs that use digital technologies would be able to use portions of copyrighted materials—such as film, sound, and other media clips—without the expressed permission of the copyright holder, under a bill introduced into the Senate March 7.

Senate bill S.487, the Technology Education and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act, is intended to update the Copyright Act of 1976 and account for advancements in digital transmission technologies that support distance education.


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