Not sure how I feel about this. I (and it appears tons of other lawprofs) got a note today announcing this:
SwapNotes (www.swapnotes.com) is a new free online service that allows students and professors to share notes, outlines, and old exams (which we take down if asked by the professor).
By linking the courses you teach with the casebooks you use, we hope to make it easier for you to see what other professors who use your casebook have to say. By downloading student notes, you can see how colleagues differ in teaching the same material or what common misconceptions your students may have. Additionally, students won't need to wait on long lines, or consult booklists, to quickly find their casebook. They can just check on SwapNotes.
SwapNotes has been around for less than a semester. Despite its short history, thousands of students have uploaded over 3,000 outlines from dozens of law schools across the United States and Canada, transforming it into a useful resource for professors and students.
On balance, it seems like yet another attempt to provide students with shortcuts which will impair their necessary engagement with the material. And thus not a good thing.
Not to mention that I prefer to control my intellectual property myself.
But I'm not quite ready yet to go as far as the colleague who responded as follows:
I do not wish to have material from any of my courses on your site. Further, I would like you to acknowledge that you are not posting material by any student in my courses on your site, as I am asserting my intellectual property in the lectures that students might quote or transcribe prior to such an attempt to post, and I do not grant you a license to disseminate it.
Although, I confess, I feel the temptation….