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US Copyright Law

Copyright Law of the United States

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (DMCA)

The DMCA was incorporated into Title 17 of the US Code and updated the law to address copyrighted works available in digital formats. Two important provisions of this law are: the strengthening of copyright holders rights to control and restrict access to their work available digitally, and expanding libraries’ ability to make copies of print resources available for interlibrary loan and for preservation purposes.

Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act

Section 110(2) of Title 17 U.S. Code, often known as the TEACH Act, identifies specific uses of copyrighted works that are acceptable in a distance learning environment.  Taking advantage of this section can be complicated because of the Act's many requirements.

This web site presents information about copyright law. The University Libraries make every effort to assure the accuracy of this information but do not offer it as counsel or legal advice. Consult an attorney for advice concerning your specific situation.