Q&A: Copyright you create at work

Q&A: Copyright you create at work

Q. I’m a literature teacher at a High School. I put together a booklet for students to help them understand the texts they will be learning this year. If I leave the school, can I take the booklet with me and use it at another High School?

A. Assuming the booklet is protected by copyright (whether this is the case is another question in itself), the short answer is no.

Unless you have an agreement with the school to the contrary, the general rule is that if you create copyright material while you are an employee, and that material is created in the course of and within the scope of your employment, your employer owns the copyright in that material. This means that you cannot reproduce or publish the booklet without the school’s permission.