As a faculty member, you can take certain steps to protect your course-related materials, including lectures.A statement on the first day of class clarifying your position on commercial note-taking will set the standard of expectation for academic work.Notify your class verbally and through a syllabus statement that lectures, written materials, electronic presentations, and any other course-related material constitute your intellectual property and may be subject to copyright protection. Make it clear that any commercial dissemination of your materials, including notes taken by students, requires your advance written permission.To further protect your work, you might consider adding Copyright 2010 (or applicable year) and your name to any website or medium where your work is presented.
Remember that when a student has been allowed a note-taker due to a reasonable accommodation of a disability approved by the Access Center, the note-taker must be permitted to share his or her notes with that student.
Suggested syllabus statement:
Copyright (2010) Dr. Jane Doe.