Well, that’s one way to teach students about copyright infringement: sue them for copyright infringement. I’m Amy E. Feldman.
A business law professor at Chapman University filed a lawsuit against students who posted information about his exam questions on Course Hero, a website in which students share information about college classes and provide access to old papers and exam questions.
The professor says the website wouldn’t turn over the names of the students involved, so he sued for copyright infringement, which is, ironically, one of the subjects the exam covered. Seems the students hadn’t learned the most important lesson here: a professor doesn’t have to file for copyright in order to have his exam protected from infringement because a person who creates an original work of authorship has an automatic copyright to it. The website says it has a process for getting copyrighted material removed but the professor says that’s not enough—he wants to teach the students a lesson that they obviously didn’t learn in class.