0.10 What are the copyright implications for using Perusall?

The considerations for using materials on Perusall are similar to the considerations for using material on LEARN. You can share material on Perusall if one of the following situations applies:

  • You downloaded the content through a Library licence which allows use. You can check Library licence permissions by following the step-by-step instructions on the Finding usage rights page. Note that Library licence rules take precedence over Fair Dealing, so you can't apply Fair Dealing to upload electronic Library material to Perusall.
  • You scanned content from a print source, according to the limits of the Fair Dealing Advisory. For example, 1 chapter or up to 10% of a book could be uploaded to a Perusall instance.
  • You are using content that was made freely available online. Section 30.04 allows you to copy an entire work that has been made available on the internet as long as:
    • You are reasonably certain that the copy of the work is a legal copy. For more information on this please see FAQ 1.15.
    • You do not bypass any technological protection measures, ex. password protection, or digital rights management software (such as Adobe Digital Editions).
    • There is no visible notice prohibiting copying on the website. The notice must be more than simply the copyright symbol (©).
    • You are providing access to only students registered in the course.
    • You cite the source, and provide the name of the creator where available.

In each of these cases, access must be limited to only the students and instructors affiliated with the course, and proper acknowledgement of the source must be provided.

If you need assistance assessing whether any of these applies in your case, please email copyright@uwaterloo.ca.