posted on Feb, 15 2013 @ 07:43 PM
Not sure how i feel about this.
On the one hand, it has been ruled that high school students do not have a guaranteed right to total free speech.
On the other hand, a person retains the copyright to every work he or she creates unless one relinquishes that right through employer contract etc.
While high school publications are generally controlled (key word controlled) by the school system (unlike college publications, which are generally
independent of the schools), this provision in the article is interesting:
A draft of the policy states that, “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 use of their materials.”
It appears that if the works are created FOR USE by the school, they retain the copyright, which is similar to work for hire: you create a work for a
company (the company's use) and they retain the copyright simply because, contractually, you created it FOR them, which this seems to imply.
“The Board pulled the policy because it was overly broad.”
seems to rightfully indicate that the proposed policy
i...overbroad, full of loopholes, and does not properly address the concerns of those involved.
If one simply creates a work while in school one should legally and constitutionally retain the copyright, but if one knowingly creates a work
the school whereupon the school retains copyright, i don't see what the outrage is.
Because of the wording i would HOPE that this doesn't apply to say, a student writing an essay for class and losing copyright simply because it was
created during while the student was a student and during school hours...but who knows.
edit on 15-2-2013 by Liquesence because: (no reason