Commercial Note-Taking

Commercial Note-Taking in Your Classroom

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.

This syllabus and all course-related materials, presentations, lectures, etc. are my intellectual property and may be protected by copyright. Selling class notes through commercial note taking services, without my written advance permission, could be viewed as copyright infringement and/or an academic integrity violation, WAC 504-26-010 (3)(a,b,c,i). Further, the use of University electronic resources (e.g., Blackboard) for commercial purposes, includingadvertising to other students to buy notes, is a violation of WSU’s computer abuses and theft policy (WAC 504-26-218), a violation of WSU’s Electronic Communication policy (EP 4), and also violates the terms of use for the Angel software program.