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Class notes or recordings made by students must be for study or other noncommercial purposes only.

Class notes or recordings made by students are for purposes of individual or group study or for other noncommercial purposes reasonably arising from a student’s enrollment in a class or the University. Permission to make notes or recordings is at the instructor’s discretion after taking into consideration instructional goals, classroom order, property interests, or other reasonable issues arising in the academic context.

Notes and recordings may not be exchanged or distributed for commercial purposes, compensation, or any other purpose other than study, either between students or between students and a third party. Unless authorized in advance by the University and explicitly permitted by the instructor, commercial use of class notes or recordings constitutes unauthorized commercial activity in violation of University policy per the UCLA Regulations on Activities, Registered Campus Organizations, and Use of Properties. No student may give, sell, or otherwise distribute to others or publish any recording made during any class presentation without the written consent of the University and the instructor/presenter. This policy applies to any recording in any medium, including handwritten or typed notes. Any distribution of a recording of a class presentation at UCLA that captures actual sounds and/or images of that class presentation, in any medium, must consider not only the rights of the instructor and the University, but also those of other parties. Examples include the privacy rights of students enrolled in the class, rights of guest lecturers, and copyright interests in materials authored by others that are displayed or presented during the class presentation. In addition to University and instructor/presenter consent, it may be necessary to secure permission from these other parties before any recording, distribution, publication, or communication is legally permitted.

Students who violate this policy are subject to University discipline (see Student Conduct Code section 102.23).

In addition to University policy, the California Education Code prohibits unauthorized commercial use of class notes, and the California Civil Code sets forth civil penalties, and legal and financial remedies, for violation of state law. The prohibition applies to recordings made in any medium, including but not necessarily limited to handwritten or typewritten class notes.

Pursuant to guidelines reviewed by the UCLA Academic Senate (1973), lecture note subscription services are permitted, if authorized in advance by the University and if approved by the instructor. UCLA Lecture Notes, located in Ackerman Union, is the note-taking service authorized by the University to provide class notes for particular classes. Note takers are approved in advance by the instructor, who may review the notes before their distribution and sale.

Nothing in this policy precludes instructors from posting class lecture notes, which they prepare or authorize to be prepared, on their class websites. Students who are permitted by the instructor to view the lecture notes are reminded that class note-taking policies and prohibitions apply to notes or lectures posted on class websites.