Prince George’s County Board of Education to copyright work

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  1. Elley Mae

    Elley Mae The enemy is here. beware

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  3. belimom

    belimom Our lives begin to end the day we become silent ab

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    Wow. I don't think it will be implemented. It's going a bit too far, and I think parents will be outraged. From that link:

     
  4. Donjeta

    Donjeta Adji Desir, missing from Florida

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    So if someone writes a brilliant school play at home, with their own computer, and it gets performed at the school they can't publish because it became the school's property?
     
  5. Pandora

    Pandora New Member

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    I worked briefly as a substitute in a school district with a policy very similar to this one. They actually claimed anything I brought in the building with me--even if the materials were developed by me at home or at another school! It made me limit what I was willing to use.

    My current district does not have the policy, but I sense it is coming. Many schools are developing their own "cyber-schools" to keep money in the district (including mine). The teachers involved with those cyber-schools do not maintain ownership of their intellectual property. It belongs to the district.

    All that said, I'm being moved around to various grade levels and content areas so that I'll develop curriculum for those classes. I enjoy the challenge, but it is annoying that I develop the curriculum, test it, make sure it works, then I get moved on to another area, while someone else uses everything I've developed. :( (I DO have to leave it behind and maintain an "open door" policy for those following in my footsteps, so I guess the district is getting what it wants without having a written policy.)
     
  6. Elphaba

    Elphaba Defying Gravity...

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    I'm gobsmacked... of all things PG County needs to address in their school system, THIS is it? *SMH* No wonder that school district has a horrible reputation... their priorities are screwed up.
     
  7. Nova

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    I can see where a school might have an argument regarding the work of its paid employees; copyright law has a specific concept of "works for hire" that covers work done while on the payroll of an employer. (This isn't to say I like the idea of taking the work of teachers, just that I understand the legal justification.)

    But students? (Unless they are paid research assistants.)

    I'm not a lawyer but I don't think our system of torts looks too kindly on claiming ownership of works created by people you haven't paid. (Perhaps schools will do as colleges do with football players and claim students are "paid" with the education they receive.)

    For the record, I've attended four universities (several degrees) and taught at three. None of them attempted to assert ownership of any of my copyrights for plays, lyrics or scholarly articles.

    (In contrast, program articles and press releases I wrote for a professional theater while drawing a salary there are owned by the theater and still used by it. And rightfully so. Those were "works for hire".)
     
  8. Elley Mae

    Elley Mae The enemy is here. beware

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    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/201...work-prompts-backlash-legal/ ?test=latestnews

    The draft policy prompted a backlash from teachers and education activists -- causing the board to put the policy on hold pending a more thorough legal review.

    Townsend tells FoxNews.com that while the county has the right under the Work for Hire provision to police what teachers do, trying to stake a claim in what students create won't fly.

    "The students are mostly under the age of 18 and federal law protects their rights," he said. Townsend added that unless a parent or guardian signs off on it, what a student creates belongs to the student and not the school.
     
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    So, technically, a parent wouldn't be able to post their child's drawing or poem on facebook for friends to see, or even put it on their fridge? Way to motivate learning and creating! The way I read it would even include work done at home and not necessarily homework. Just because the kid is a student ANY work they do anywhere belongs to the school system?
     
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    Folks, if your local school district uses My Big Campus, these rights are already long gone.

    Anything posted on My Big Campus becomes the property of My Big Campus. Not the author, not the school district, not the teacher, not the student but My Big Campus.

    Teachers, beware, you can't assemble those great lesson plans & publish a book.

    Students, beware, you can't expand your science project into an undergraduate project.

    Districts, beware, communication between students & teachers is not confidential.

    I am not currently aware of any problems this has caused, but we all know that day is coming.
     

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