Hmmm..wasn't even thinking about publishing books and things like that.
I am not for it at all. I think this will be something they will review and won't pursue.
For the teacher/student copyright issue. I don't agree with it. However, I could see them making an arguement that they have the right to use things like student drawings if those drawings were entered into a competition sponsored by the school and thingslike that since I see that rule for many photography competitions.
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This is very common in college esp with undergrads.. not sure I agree with it at all, especially students. I do understand a bit with teachers that way the school doesn't have to pay to use their copyrighted curriculum on top of their salary.
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Having said that, I don't think the same should apply to teachers, and CERTAINLY not to students. Teachers aren't in danger of becoming "the competition" against school districts, and if you have a teacher that is coming up with a lot of great material for their classes, that directly benefits the students and school district; it's just not the same. And I certainly don't see how students could be included in that since they aren't even employees of the district. I do agree that if a student enters a painting or a short story or something into a school competition, it's okay if the school makes it part of the agreement of entering the contest that the school can use that painting or story (like, post them on their website, or things like that.) But even then, it should still belong to the student, it's just being reused with permission.
However, if my current employer owns my lessons, that would mean I couldn't use those same lesson plans when I went to a new district. Well, I guess technically, some would be owned by the university since developing lessons is a big part of the credentialing process.
I think if there is going to be a claws saying that anything you create while working someone belongs to your employer, that would have to be spelled out before hand in your contract. As for students, I can see the point of a doctoral student. I have a friend to is trying to get into a doctors program. The pay for her to come visit the school and interview. They also pay a stipend for the student. I am sure in that case there is a contract that the student signs before hand.
When I read the article at first, I was thinking of some little second grader that writes a story for a writing contest at school, then goes on to turning his story into a book and gets it published. That of course belongs to the little second grader and not his school teacher.