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Prince George's County school officials are considering copyrighting students' work.

Prince George's County school officials are proposing that work created by staff and students should be copyrighted. Copyrighting school material might mean lesson plans created by teachers, or even pictures drawn by first graders, would belong to the school system. Critics of the plan say they're concerned that copyrighting will stifle creativity.

University of Missouri law professor David Rein tells The Washington Post that other schools such as universities generally have "sharing agreements" for work created by professors and college students.

Prince Georges County Public School Board Chair Verjeana Jacobs says the board never intended to declare ownership of student work, and amendments could be made at the board's next meeting.

Jacobs insists the proposal was designed to clarify who owns teacher-developed curricula created, while using apps on iPads that belong to the school system.

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