I don't find it coincidental that you are complaining about this and that it seems that you don't have friends to sit by.
Haha. Yes, its obviously
absurd to be annoyed by something such as this. I should just post my class notes on the school bulletin board according to you, because its not at all problematic for others to benefit from my hard work while putting none in themselves!
Also, the problem is that the people who do it are kind of my friends (although this certainly weakens my desire to be their friend), so it's a bit of an awkward situation. I guess they don't think there is anything wrong with it? I am very happy to send people notes when they miss class, and I could care less if people glance at my screen to see what them miss if they momentarily zone out. But I do
care when someone never
pays attention in class at all, and then plagiarizes my notes.
How is someone 'kind of' your friend? Claiming plagiarism grossly overvalues your (or anyone's) notes.
Also - if they aren't paying attention in class, gchatting, etc... do they actually get all of your notes? If not, then it's not really a competitive problem is it? If then can get all of your notes while zoning and gchatting at the same time — your notes really aren't going to be a make or break deal come test time.
She is really good at being aware of when I type something, and because I do nothing in class but listen and take notes, she knows everything I do type is part of my notes. But to be honest, how much these people benefit from my notes is beside the point as far as I'm concerned. It's the principal of the thing. I would not do this. Pay attention and take your own damn notes.
As far as what "kind of being friends" is, I don't really think that really warrants a response. Are you trying to say every person you know from law school is either completely your friend or not at all? Think about it and I'm sure you can figure out what my expression means.
And yes, this is not technically plagiarism, but it is akin to it. No need to take everything so literally.