MFA-related Legal Battle

Tayari points us to this article about a legal battle brewing between two low-residency MFA programs: the one based at New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire, and the one just starting at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. Prospective students, especially, will want to stay informed.

It seems the main legal issue is the extent to which an individual, while employed by the NEC program, was actively working to build the one at Drew. On NEC’s time. I’m no lawyer, but that seems to be what the litigation is focusing on. Because while NEC apparently feels that Drew may have “copied” its program (and taken its faculty), I’m not sure you can copyright a program (or consider faculty your “property”).