My Summer Vacation and Intellectual Property Law: Is your 4th grade student essay on your summer vacation protected under intellectual property laws? The October 4, 2006, Library Link of the Day, links to a Washington Post story from McLean High School (Virginia?) where the students are challenging school officials who plan to turn over student work to Turnitin, a “a California company that specializes in catching cheaters” according to the article. (That is, it attempts to deter and detect plagiarism.) If nothing else, this is a great civics lesson for these students. They may learn more about the law, the constitution, and legal research than most of their elders. (Slashdot also posted on the story a few days ago.)
* Sometimes you do have to register to read the Washington Post. As of the writing of this post, however, I was able to link directly to the article without logging in.
** A link to the archives of Library Link of the Day (LLD) can be found at the bottom of the LLD home page.