Legal challenge is needed to sort out copyright muddle

21st September 2001 at 01:00
We urgently need a legal test case to clarify whether all our work as teachers belongs to our employer ("Whose lesson is it anyway?", Friday, September 14). A stupid adverse judgment would reduce my workload significantly as I will become even more of a wage-slave.

We all create resources beyond the call of duty for the benefit of our pupils, but also to fill the funding gap. My employer can buy my routine work but not my creativity. What I create beyond the call of duty belongs to me not my school or LEA.

The alternative will be teaching to the textbook - if funds provide them, that is. The logic will also lead to me billing my employer for every cost incurred as a result of my employment. As I look around my study, the cost of my home computer, internet access, filing systems and books can be a start.

Alan Tucker, Solihull, West Midlands

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