We’re suing your dog for eating your homework

Intellectual property? In a school? What sort of madness is this?

There is little in this world worth copyrighting less than my fifth grade homework. Those stories about princesses and mangled long division could only be precious to a parent. This is why it’s strange to conceive of why Maryland’s Prince George’s County Board of Education released a proposal suggesting that they own the work produced by students in their schools.

“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. 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.”

Asked for comment, Prince George replied, “Oh, Christ, what is it now? Can’t you get my name off that hellhole after all these years? You know what I think about hellholes.”


  1. fillyjonk »

    14 February 2013 · 10:32 am

    Children are now employees of the school district they attend?

    Well, then, why not get them to do something USEFUL – bring in a bunch of little treadmills and get them to generate electricity by running off all that boundless energy they have.

    Actually, if my students were employees – muah ha ha – I’d be FIRING some of them.And docking them for showing up late. Or for general mopery.

  2. Charles Pergiel »

    14 February 2013 · 2:42 pm

    I imagine everyone has an opinion about hellholes, but is there something in Prince George’s background that makes him an authority? I mean, other than being a Prince and all?

  3. CGHill »

    14 February 2013 · 3:14 pm

    Well, he was asthmatic, which makes you wonder what, if anything, he might have been exposed to in his younger years.

  4. Roger Green »

    14 February 2013 · 7:56 pm

    This royally ticked me off as a massive IP overreach from the school overlord

  5. nightfly »

    15 February 2013 · 12:26 pm

    They can’t possibly enforce this. Facts are not copyrightable. If my kid successfully solves a quadratic equation, that solution can’t be considered a unique creative work.

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