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Illustrating a point

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:

  1. The purpose of the use is non-commercial
  2. Where practical, there should be sufficient acknowledgement of authorship of the work
  3. 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’. 

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