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Copyright cheek

A teacher who has left our school is claiming that he has the copyright of the notes which he has given to pupils and is suggesting that either we, or they, should buy them from him. Can he do this?

No. The work which this teacher did in the school, as part of his normal teaching duties, while he was employed by you, belongs to the school and not to him.

If he were to use the same material to write a boo or produce a teaching pack for publication, that would, of course, be his, but his attempt to extract money from you for work which he was paid to do in the first place can only be described as barefaced cheek.

Send your queries to Archimedes, The TES, Admiral House, 66-68 East Smithfield, London E1W 1BX or email them to helpline@tes.co.uk. Archimedes cannot enter into any personal correspondence

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