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Frank Chapel from California is reading Thomas Ligotti's works February 12, 2013 - 3:12pm

A proposal recently floated by the Prince George's County Board of Education would give them the copyright to anything created by teachers, students and employees before, during and after school hours. 

A child's project, but also an online app or lesson plan a teacher creates, could be fair game. 

According to a draft of the proposal obtained by, "Works created by employees and/or students specifically for use by the Prince George's County Public School 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 use of their materials." 


Can u imagine universities doing this?

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated February 12, 2013 - 9:12pm

Is this an attempt to prevent law suits or to prevent those materials from being used elsewhere? 

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like February 12, 2013 - 9:30pm

This is all spun around. Many works created by the government become public domain more quickly than works created by individual citizens. (I think the rationale is that the "people" paid for it to be made, therefore, after use, it enters their domain.) People pay for public schools, so why wouldn't it be the same? Why should the copyright go from one citizen, to the state, then to the populace? This whole thing seems weird.

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Courtney from the Midwest is reading Monkey: A Journey to the West and a thousand college textbooks February 12, 2013 - 10:48pm

I'm guessing

"...even if created on the employee's or student's time and with use of their materials."

is the problem for most people. For me, definitely.

I still use (after tweaking or updating) stories, presentations, and creative work I developed in high school. Not to mention the art students. Sculptures, paintings, photos, and jewelry created with their own materials and on their own time for class could get gobbled up by the school? Fuck that.