I can’t decide where I come down on this one–I can see elements of both sides. It does seems a bit excessive, though, to claim that you own all the words you utter in a lecture. From Wired:
“University of Florida professor Michael Moulton thinks copyright law protects the lectures he gives to his students, and he’s headed to court to prove it.
Moulton and his e-textbook publisher are suing Thomas Bean, who runs a company that repackages and sells student notes, arguing that the business is illegal since notes taken during college lectures violate the professor’s copyright.”
These notes are big business on most campuses, and can be very helpful to students who are not good note-takers. They are, alas, also helpful to students that don’t feel like getting up and going to lectures.
This part of the claim seems to have more validity:
“A less exotic copyright claim in the lawsuit alleges that Einstein’s Notes also copied and reprinted hundreds of test prep questions included in the professor’s text book and in his course software.”
That is basically charging kids for something they already bought (assuming they bought the textbook).
What do you think? Taking copyright too far, or defending intellectual property?