Answered By: Sarah Morehouse
Last Updated: Feb 12, 2015     Views: 11

If you want to embed copyrighted content in an online course (that is, in Moodle) that may be possible under the TEACH Act. 

The college is TEACH Act compliant, so the next step is that you have to determine whether the particular content you want to embed, and the particular circumstances under which you want to embed it, qualify for the TEACH Act's protection. 

This checklist is a good way to figure out whether what you want to do falls under the protection of the TEACH Act.

If it does, then you can go ahead and embed the content, but beware:

  1. You need to use a legal copy, legally obtained. If there is an online version, you need to use that. If no digital version exists, you can go ahead and digitize what you need. 
  2. You need to mark it as copyrighted content and include information identifying and citing the source. This has to be right there on the page, in close proximity to the copyrighted content. In other words, you can't just put it in the header or footer, or in an alt tag. Use a caption if you can.

The TEACH Act has very clear boundaries about what can and cannot be done, but within those boundaries it's very lenient. We hope you find that it's a lot easier to embed multimedia content in your online courses now. 

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