Prince George County Government as Slave Driver
By David Henderson
A proposal by the Prince George’s County Board of Education to copyright work created by staff and students for school could mean that a picture drawn by a first-grader, a lesson plan developed by a teacher or an app created by a teen would belong to the school system, not the individual.
This is from Ovetta Wiggins, “Prince George’s considers copyright policy that takes ownership of students’ work,” Washington Post, February 2, 2013.
What do you call someone who forces someone to produce something and then takes the proceeds for himself without compensating the producer?
I would call that person a slave driver. The government uses force to keep the students in school up to age 18. Now the Price George Board of Education proposes claiming ownership of what they produce. How is that different in principle from what plantation owners did two centuries ago in the southern United States?