A copyright infringement lawsuit brought against the federal government by a federal inmate has been dismissed by the Federal Court of Appeals. The inmate had brought the lawsuit as a result of his efforts in creating designs for calenders, stating his creations were worth approximately $500,000. The calenders were designed in the course of the inmate’s employment as a graphic artist, and then produced and sold through the government’s General Services Agency. The Court decided that, similar to other cases where an employee creates something in the course of their work, the product belongs to the employer. Of course, the debate was whether or not inmates working in prison are “employees” in the same way as more typical work arrangements. Another difference, I would suspect, is that most individuals who create or design while in the employ of others are compensated at significantly higher levels than the inmate, who is paid $1.15 per hour. Let me remind everyone of an important lesson here - don’t go to prison. It sucks, bad.