Columbia, SC asked in Education Law and Copyright for South Carolina

Q: Could I copyright a charter school curriculum and format?

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Will Blackton
Will Blackton
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Raleigh, NC

A: You could, however, you should be aware that you're only copyrighting the expression of the ideas, not the underlying ideas themselves. Also, 17 U.S.C. Section 110 and the TEACH Act provides some pretty robust defenses for the use of copyrighted material in the realm of education. This may frustrate the intended purpose of copyrighting it in the first place. It's not typically applied to copyrighted curriculum, you should consult with an attorney to determine if there is a strong fair use defense for anyone who would potentially infringe upon your work.

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