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StudyBlue provides students with an online study space and suite of tools that enables them to study more efficiently and effectively. These tools include virtual flashcards, online notes, class summaries and much more. With StudyBlue, college and high school students can study online: anytime, anywhere.
Our service incorporates principles drawn from academic research that show a student’s learning is greatly enhanced by studying in pairs or groups, and through the sharing and comparing of ideas and information.
Professors have the right to protect their copyrighted lecture notes and other course materials like study guides, class outlines, summaries, etc. StudyBlue respects and abides by all applicable copyright laws, including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). StudyBlue advises users very clearly that its service may not be used for the unauthorized uploading or distribution of copyrighted materials, including but not limited to copyrighted lecture notes.
In the event an individual posts copyrighted content online without permission or other legal authority, it is the copyright owner’s obligation to bring this to our attention by following StudyBlue’s DMCA policy. StudyBlue will then follow the procedures outlined in the policy.
Many students take and manage their class notes online, create virtual flashcards, and create their own online study guides. Most also share and compare these study materials with other students to gain a better understanding of course topics.
Sometimes, laws, regulations and/or school codes of conduct may prohibit the uploading and sharing of certain content (for example, copyrighted lecture notes). It is your responsibility to know and comply with these provisions anytime you post study materials online. If you aren’t sure whether uploading class materials such as lecture notes, outlines, and flashcards to StudyBlue is likely to be a problem, a good rule of thumb is to check with your teacher or professor before posting them online, or choose to mark them as “private” so that only you can use and access this material.
In addition, remember that if you do not behave on StudyBlue in accordance with your school’s code of ethics, and with your school’s policies regarding note sharing, cheating, and plagiarism – you could be subject to discipline by the school.
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We depend on content owners to advise us when course materials like lecture notes or class summaries that have been posted online appear in violation of applicable laws. We also depend on users who post online material appropriately to advise us regarding the authority that supports their actions. StudyBlue cannot provide legal advice and suggests – whether you are considering a DMCA notice of claimed infringement or a counter notification – that you consult a qualified copyright attorney.
To learn more, see StudyBlue’s DMCA information page.