Signed into law on November 2, 2002 (Section 13301 in Subtitle C of Title III of Public Law 107-273), the Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act updates the distance education portions of the Copyright Law. Quickly get to this section of the Law by requesting page 1910 in the pdf version linked here.
Well-hailed notice from the Librarian of Congress concerning a new regulation relative to the DMCA (17 U.S.C. § 1201(a) (1)) in the Federal Register (Volume 75, no. 143, p 43825 ff.), announcing the expansion of permissibility in using circumvention of technology measures to six classes of works by any individual making non-infringing uses of these works. Of significant interest to academics, since this ruling broadens the educational use of motion pictures on DVDs to any college or university professor, regardless of discipline, and allows use of “short portions of motion pictures into new works for the purpose of criticism or comment” in documentary and noncommercial films.