Who owns your lectures? And the notes someone takes from them?

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?

UC Berkeley Note-taking Policy

Here’s some ready-made discussion on the policy:



Combatting Plagiarism–an In-depth and very interesting Chronicle Article

It’s worth plowing through not only this long article, but also many of the comments. All of the issues relating to plagiarism detection software such as SafeAssign are discussed, and there are some very interesting ideas also.

The article is only available for a limited time:

Software Catches (and Also Helps) Young Plagiarists

Bonus: article on where students most frequently copy:

THE Journal