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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

"Swapnotes" and Perturbed Law Professors

Swapnotes is a new service launched by Adam Steiner, a 3L currently finishing up at Cardozo Law School. It allows students (not just law students, incidentally) to post their outlines, class notes, and, I suppose, other potentially helpful study materials on the site. Students apparently pay nothing; the owners (if there are others, whoever they are, apart from Adam Steiner, the 3L we know about), obtain revenue from ads. Over the past couple of weeks or so, law faculty around the country have become increasingly annoyed at the thought that Mr. Steiner has been allowing students to post what may be law prof copyrighted material on the site and have been expressing themselves pro and con with regard to this venture (mostly con) on lawprof, the law faculty listserv. Some have also contacted Mr. Steiner about this concern, and he has responded, though not satisfactorily according to some of the faculty. Note that the Swapnotes venture seems to have no connection with Cardozo, the school Mr. Steiner attends.

One can notify the site of a potential violation. I have to admit that I don't know if that is a new feature or if it predates the controversy. John Mayer of CALI posts an interview with Mr. Steiner here. Mr. Mayer also notes that he has invited Mr. Steiner to be part of a panel discussion at the upcoming CALI Conference June 18-20, 2007 in Las Vegas. Stay tuned.

Swapnotes is not the only outline/class notes exchange site around. A few others exist, including outlinedepot.com (aimed at law school students). FindLaw even lists some.

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