Copyright is not infringed by a teacher or student if they use copyright materials to give or receive instruction and the copying is used to illustrate a point about the subject being taught. However, this legal exception only applies under the following conditions:
- The purpose of the use is non-commercial
- Where practical, there should be sufficient acknowledgement of authorship of the work
- The use of the material is fair
There is no legal definition of what is considered fair. According to the UK government, ‘minor uses, such as displaying a few lines of poetry on an interactive whiteboard, will be permitted, but uses which would undermine sales of teaching materials will still need a licence’.