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Copyright and Plagiarism Guide for PEA: Copyright for Instructors and Fair Use

A Guide to U.S. Copyright, Plagiarism and Intellectual Property Law for the Phillips Exeter Academy Community

Fair Use


The TEACH Act allows for some use of copyrighted materials for distance education.

Link When Possible

In many cases, you can eliminate the need for permission or fee by simply giving your students a link to the work instead of making copies of it.



Fair use is a right! There is no page limit to what is considered Fair Use for teachers. Rather, it is the USE of the item that is at issue. An excellent checklist for instructors to use when considering copyright questions is posted on the ALA (American Library Association) website at


Obtaining Permissions

Resources that will help you gain permission to use copyrighted works.