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Instructors' Lectures, Notes, Handouts, and Displays

The Office of the Attorney General in Storrs) advised that instructors include an assertion of copyright in their syllabi and suggested the following language:

My lectures, notes, handouts, and displays are protected by state common law and federal copyright law. They are my own original expression and I’ve recorded them prior or during my lecture in order to ensure that I obtain copyright protection. Students are authorized to take notes in my class; however, this authorization extends only to making one set of notes for your own personal use and no other use. I will inform you as to whether you are authorized to record my lectures at the beginning of each semester. If you are so authorized to record my lectures, you may not copy this recording or any other material, provide copies of either to anyone else, or make a commercial use of them without prior permission from me.

Students should be aware that instructors' materials are protected by copyright regardless of whether such a statement appears in the syllabus.

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