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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 10:31 AM

Prince George's County schools considers owning student and teachers' work

Prince George's County schools considers owning student and teachers' work

WASHINGTON - An eighth-grader's research paper, a kindergartner's drawing and a teacher's lesson plan would become the property of the Prince George's County Board of Education if a proposed copyright policy is approved.

The proposal says any work created for school or by using school materials would become property of the school board. Property includes staff work as well as student assignments completed inside and outside the classroom.

Lawrence Sung, an intellectual property rights lawyer and partner with BakerHostetler in D.C, says the legality of the proposal is questionable. He adds it's common for employers to own employee work, but in this case, students are not being paid for their work.

"We always worry about what the slippery slope can be," he says. "If there is no pushback for this at this point and time, you will never know where it will evolve."

http://www.wtop.com/58/3217208/Do-students-own-their-school-work

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The Straight Story Feb 2013 OP
CherokeeDem Feb 2013 #1
duffyduff Feb 2013 #2
Blue_Tires Feb 2013 #9
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Angry Dragon Feb 2013 #4
gollygee Feb 2013 #5
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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 10:38 AM

1. All I can say...

is this country is losing its collective mind. No way this could ever be legal, but then I never thought Rand Paul could become a senator. Nothing would surprise me any more.

I am appalled at this...afraid that drawing by a kindergartner might become valuable one day, and they won't get a piece of the action?

Vultures...

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 10:39 AM

2. Dumbest idea ever. n/t

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Response to duffyduff (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 11:57 AM

9. It's P.G...As anyone who has lived there can tell you,

this isn't even the dumbest idea they'll have this week...It's only Monday...

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 10:41 AM

4. The thing is that the Board of Education does not own the school system

The taxpayers own the schools ..............
They are employees

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 10:44 AM

5. "using school materials"

Since when did schools provide materials? I spent a ton of money at the beginning of every school year buying classroom supplies. I guess I own what's written on the paper I buy with the pencils I buy.

But to be serious, the person creating the item owns it.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 11:29 AM

6. NO way

push back needed.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 11:32 AM

7. There are places around the world that live under this philosophy

Where the state owns the citizen and all the citizen produces...the irony is really thick here.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 11:32 AM

8. I thought government entities couldn't own copyrights?

Is that only Federal?

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