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Online Teaching Resources Library Guide: TEACH Act and Blackboard

This guide will assist faculty teaching web-facilitated, blended, or online courses at Long Island University.

What is the TEACH Act?

Signed by President Bush in 2002, the Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH Act) addresses the special digital uses of copyright materials in online learning.  The TEACH Act amends the US Copyright Act, and under certain circumstances, allows faculty at accredited non-profit educational institutions to use portions of copyrighted works online without the consent of the copyright owner.

To utilize the TEACH Act, ALL of the criteria outlined in the Act must apply. 

For a list of criteria and an excellent resource visit the J. Murrey Atkins Library (UNC) site at:

Additional Resources

TEACH Act Best Practices using Blackboard™ by the American Library Association

Copyright, Blackboard and the TEACH Act from Witchita State University


Blackboard Guidelines

  • Limit access to copyrighted works to students currently enrolled in the class (this is automatically done by the Registrar).
  • Limit access to the material for two weeks using Blackboard's calendar restrictions.
  • When possible, provide links to content instead of posting copies including websites and the LIU Library databases
  • Prevent further copying or redistribution of copyrighted works.
  • Repeated use from semester to semester weighs against fair use.  In such cases it is best to obtain permission from the copyright owner. 
  • Inform students of copyright laws by including a copyright notice in Blackboard and verbally reinforcing the notice in blended courses. Feel free to "copy and paste" the copyright notice below into your course.


The materials on this Blackboard course site are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated.