That’s right - we have to submit our proposals (which presumably get read by at least two profs) to make sure we’re not ripping anyone off! Despite the fact that as far as I can tell no one has ever been caught doing this ever.
If this ends up becoming an issue then I’ll be filing complaints with the Ombuds. Tempted to make a more formal complaint to the department in advance, but I want these people to be willing to hire me and supervise me and so forth and that’s not going to happen if I start rocking the boat. So, signing away my rights to my own research output to some company in California whose founder was friends with all the right profs.
Ugh I don’t think I’ve ever been so disappointed with my program. Not cool at all.