Intellectual Property Decrees Are Good For the Childrenby Karen De Coster
Feb. 04, 2013
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The Washington Post reports that the Prince George County Board of Education can own your child's ideas.
A proposal by the Prince George's County Board of Education to copyright work created by staff and students for school could mean that a picture drawn by a first-grader, a lesson plan developed by a teacher or an app created by a teen would belong to the school system, not the individual.The policy reads as such:
"Works created by employees and/or students specifically for use by the Prince George's County Public Schools or a specific school or department within PGCPS, are properties of the Board of Education even if created on the employee's or student's time and with the use of their materials," the policy reads. "Further, works created during school/work hours, with the use of school system materials, and within the scope of an employee's position or student's classroom work assignment(s) are the properties of the Board of Education."The lawyers are already hovering and sniffing a lawsuit. How many more reasons does one need to get his or her kids out of the government school prison system?