Re: Publishing an original work, but wrote it on district-issued/registered Sibelius (???)
Posted by Salieri on 8/14/2018, 11:56 pm, in reply to "Publishing an original work, but wrote it on district-issued/registered Sibelius (???)"
This from aasa, school superintendents website: |
“ You may be surprised to know the school district may own the intellectual property of work created by employees. When district staff members create works within the scope of their employment, the work generally belongs to the employer. This is sometimes called the “work for hire doctrine.”
What is considered within the scope? Anything an employee does that contributes to the job for which she or he was hired might be considered within the scope. To state it simply, when a salaried teacher creates items used to teach a class, no matter where or when the faculty member creates them, the items most likely belong to the district.
If a teacher creates something entirely on personal time, with personal resources, that she or he does not use to teach the assigned class, that work probably belongs to the teacher alone. Nevertheless, some school districts add a clause in their employment contracts giving ownership of copyrights (but seldom patents) to their faculty members. Check your teacher contracts to see whether you have given away or share these rights. If already surrendered, discuss with your district’s attorney how you might regain future rights.”
Probably ought to check with a lawyer, but you’re better off doing your work at home on your equipment on your time.