Class Notes and Copyright

Michael Moulton, a professor at the University of Florida, has filed suit against Einstein's Notes, a company that hires students to record lectures to be sold on its website in class "study kits," resources for truants, nappers, and the average college kid who wants to give his or her GPA a little boost. Professor Moulton and his online e-books publisher argue that Einstein's Notes has violated his copyright by creating materials derivative of his copyrighted lectures without his consent. Moulton's lawyer, James Sullivan, goes a step further, stating to Wired.com that even students taking notes for themselves are committing a violation of copyright, albeit a protected one...

It shouldn't be too long until students are crying "copyright violation" instead of "the dog ate it" as their favorite homework excuse.

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