Furthermore, the Legislative Yuan also passed partial draft amendments to the Copyright Act in July 2022 in view of the developments of technology and educational policies, and in response to pandemic measures. Ting said: “The amendments target to improve distance learning or virtual classrooms to function as an extension of the physical classroom. To achieve this goal, the amendments include rules for fair use of copyrighted works, allowing teachers to provide classroom instruction without worry.”
The amendments to the Copyright Act to meet distance learning needs mainly cover four aspects. The first is fair use of copyrighted works by schools and teachers for registered students during distance learning. To avoid excessive infringement of copyrights, schools are required to take reasonable technical measures to prevent students not taking the class from accessing the courses.
The second is that not-for-profit remote education may use copyrighted works and are required to pay remuneration.
Thirdly, textbook preparers may transmit digital copies to teachers and students to meet the need for e-schoolbags. Remuneration must be paid for the authorized use of copyrighted works to ensure the rights of copyright owner.
Finally, the National Central Library may create a digital collection that is only accessible to visitors on the library’s intranet.
Ting said that these amendments are designated for Taiwan's current need for digital education policy and can promote development of diverse educational modes.