My colleague Aaron Perzanowski at Wayne’s Law School pointed out that UC Berkeley has made a rather startling pronouncement. In order to protect faculty members’ intellectual property, they have made it illegal to take notes or record lectures without the express permission of the professor (except in the case of students actually enrolled in the class, who may share written notes with classmates, but not sell them to students taking the course next semester). Commercial note-taking and audio/video recording is forbidden without the express permission of the faculty member.
I can understand the motivation (to protect intellectual property), although there’s some question about the ‘transformative’ value of note-taking (transforming ideas raises some ‘fair use’ issues that we’d better leave the lawyers to worry about.)
In any case, here’s the official policy, in case you’d like to read it for yourself. Thoughts? Discussion?
Here’s some ready-made discussion on the policy: