The Lebo Citizens blog is reporting
about the copyright policy advertised on the school district’s web site. In case you’re wondering what the fuss is about, here’s the policy
, in full:
Careful readers will note that I have “violated” the policy by printing it here without the school district’s permission. Am I worried?
As law professor and Blog-Lebo alum Mike Madison helpfully pointed out
to Lebo Citizens’ editor, Ms. Gillen, this policy is impotent when it comes to preventing the public from discussing the school district and the things it publishes on its web site. He writes:
(That’s only part of Mr. Madison’s response, by the way. You’ll want to read the whole thing
; it’s informative and
So how did this policy come to be? My guesses:
- Somebody tasked with keeping the school’s web site up to date just borrowed a policy from somewhere else without thinking too much about it.
- The school district is about to offer some e-learning courses of its own and wanted to “protect its IP” with tough-sounding new language.
- The policy has been this way for a long time, but nobody noticed until something on the page changed recently (perhaps the copyright date?) and Google flagged the page for review.
Any other hypotheses?
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