Students, Staff Question School Board’s Copyright Policy

PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Md. — A new copyright policy being considered by the Prince George County board of Education could take the work created for schools by employees using their own time and materials and make it the school system’s property. Additionally, it could also take ownership of students’ work.

The school board came up with the proposal after attending an Apple presentation and learned how teachers can use apps to create new curricula, the Washington Post reports. The proposed policy is designed to make it clear that the school board owns teacher/student-developed programs created while using apps on iPads that are on school property.

Many opposed to the measure believe that it can stifle creativity and that there would be little incentive for teachers to come up with innovative ways to educate students.

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