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Distance learning is defined as any formal instructional approach in which the majority of instruction occurs when educators and students are not in the physical presence of one another. Today's colleges and universities constitute the fastest-growing market of online distance learning courses offered to students. At the same time, postsecondary institutions use the Internet for distance learning courses more than any other mode of communication.

In light of the changing educational environment, this entry discusses emerging legal-technological issues in the cyber age related to copyright infringement liability associated with distance learning courses delivered in Internet-based environments. Copyright laws protect the creators or owners of original works, such as movies, plays, music, computer programs, photos, or paintings. Insofar as today's administrators and instructors face an increasing ...

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