Copyright is a legal right meant to protect the creator of an original work. This means that others cannot copy and distribute something with the permission of the creator. The copyright law ensures that people stay creative and keep doing their own thing. That's good! Because of this on Knoowy you can find summaries that formulate the study material in another way than the original book.

Is it allowed to sell documents online?

A copyright protected work needs to have a creative and original nature. Summaries are not necessarily plachiarism. Texts from original study books can be rewritten in the words and understanding of the student, such that the newly created work is distinct from the original work and can thus be seen as a new original work.

It is allowed to sell documents on Knoowy provided that you are the copyright holder of the document. If you made a new original and creative work, you will always keep copyright on this, and you will always be the only one permitted to distribute the document.

What is allowed?

  • Uploading documents that you have written and created yourself.
  • Using images in your summaries that you have created yourself.
  • Purchasing summaries for self-study.
  • Paraphrasing content from lecture slides into your own notes.

What is not allowed?

  • Uploading documents whose content has been created by other individuals.
  • Scanning images from the book and using them in your summary that you are selling.
  • Purchasing summaries and distributing them on the internet or at school.
  • Copying content from lecture slides into your own notes and distributing them.

What criteria must a summary meet?

You may ask yourself what conditions a summary on Knoowy must meet. After all, if you copy the work of someone else without permission and spread it among a large group of students, then you are in violation. Your summary should therefore have an original and creative character. In practice, this means not literally taking over large pieces of text, but instead writing down the course material in your own words. If you do want to copy something, please make sure to keep it limited and use quotes. When you alter the words of the professor in your own meaning, than you are making a new work. This text you may spread among students.

Copyright infringement

Knoowy is an online platform where students can help each other with their studies. Unfortunately, it is possible for students, whether intentional or unintentional, to misuse the platform. If someone else infringes on your copyright, such as through unauthorized distribution, you can report abuse by visiting the abuse reporting page.

Frequently Asked Questions About Copyright

What is copyright?
In the Copyright Act, copyright is described as follows: "Copyright is the exclusive right of the author of a work of literature, science, or art, or of their successors in title, to disclose it to the public and reproduce it, subject to the limitations prescribed by law."

What does copyright protect?
Copyright protects the creators of texts and visual materials by granting the creator two exclusive rights: (1) The exclusive right to disclose the protected work to the public, and (2) the exclusive right to reproduce the work.

How does Knoowy comply with copyright?
On Knoowy, you are only allowed to sell documents if you have the copyright to them.

What rights do you have as a seller?
As a seller on Knoowy, you have the right to sell study documents that you have created yourself. These documents should include both the text and the images that you have created.

What responsibility do you have as a seller?
Sellers are responsible for the documents they upload. This means that you are also liable if you do not adhere to the rules. The rules are outlined in the terms and conditions. To use Knoowy, you must agree to the terms.

How do you report copyright infringement?
If you suspect copyright infringement, you can send a claim to Knoowy. More information can be found on the abuse page.

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