What is infringement? Section 501 of the Copyright Act
"The copyright law states that anyone who violates any of the exclusive rights of the copyright owner an infringer of the copyright or right of the author.”
As a teacher, can I be sued for infringement?
YES! The blanket of Fair Use does not protect you or your school district from a lawsuit when you have blatantly disregarded the rights of an author, musician or any other copyrighted materials. A good book to read would be the Lee Wilson's text Fair Use, Free Use and Use by Permission. In this book, Wilson reviews several scenarios of how copyrighted materials are used by ordinary people in what seem to be, ordinary ways. These stories can be the best indicators to whether you are properly using copyright materials or are infringing on someone's work.
Can my school protect me if I am named in a lawsuit?
NO. As a matter of fact, your school will probably be named in the lawsuit as well because the district has more funds to satisfy the lawsuit. So may not only be sued, but loose your job as well.
How can I stop infringement? Go to
It is as much your obligation to stop infringement as a teacher as it would if you saw a student stealing. Everyone can learn about the process of copyright and respect the intellectual property of others.

What if I am being sued for infringement?
As stated in Frankel's book The Teacher's Guide to Music, Media, and Copyright Law, if a teacher has tried, "in good faith" to follow the Fair Use procedure the court may find you have stretched the Fair Use clause but not infringed. However if you have received a letter of suit, contact the lawyer or owner of the property to see if you can make corrections to your error. Most suits are settled out of court. If there seems to be any apprehension on the part of the owner to settle, call your lawyer. Be honest, and give as much information to your lawyer as you can. They can possibly get an offer of settlement that was not offered to you.