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Copyright Law Explained

Exceptions for Educational Institutions

The copyright law includes several exceptions that apply to educational institutions. For example, the law allows a non-profit educational institution to perform or display a copyrighted work in the course of face-to-face teaching activities in a classroom or similar setting. It also allows the transmission of a performance or display of a copyrighted work if (1) the performance or display is a regular part of the systematic instructional activities of the non-profit educational institution; (2) the performance or display is directly related and of material assistance to the teaching content of the transmission; and (3) the transmission is made primarily for reception in classrooms or similar places or by persons to whom the transmission is directed because of their disabilities.