Film group backs antipiracy curriculum for schools

Nov 11, 2013

When it comes to learning about the evils of Internet piracy, Hollywood studios and the major music labels want kids to start young.

A nonprofit group called the Center for Copyright Information has commissioned a school curriculum to teach elementary-age children about the value of copyrights.

The Los Angeles Times reports the nonprofit is backed by the Motion Picture Association of America, the Recording Industry Association of America and others.

The curriculum, still in draft stage, includes lesson plans, videos and activities for teachers and parents to help educate students about the "importance of being creative and protecting creativity."

Some critics say the curriculum would promote a biased agenda. Others contend it would use up valuable classroom time when public schools are already struggling to teach the basics.

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Miles_OToole
1 / 5 (7) Nov 11, 2013
Because instead of reforming copyright laws for the digital age, it's better to create dutiful little consumers.
kochevnik
1 / 5 (2) Nov 11, 2013
Teach children to not share. Close the libraries as in Los Angeles.
Osiris1
1 / 5 (8) Nov 11, 2013
Yep this would waste time better put into real education rather then monopolist propaganda; but...guess what?! This crap will probably make it into the teaching schedules of many big city schools on the back of a lot of blood money funneled into bribes to school officials. Or paid for prostitutes for school administrators as well. Ain't the first time money and sex paid for propaganda.
Humpty
1 / 5 (8) Nov 12, 2013
Yes the MPAA and the RIAA and the fine theft fest of Hollywood Accounting!!

"Well the film grossed $600 million dollars, but it cost us $250 million to advertise it, with the fictitious company we own, and their expenses were actually $25 million. It cost us $150 million in product placement (cost us $3M earned us $300M), $85 million in expenditure to franchise it (cost us $65M earned us $700M);

blah blah blah

On a film that grossed $600M in takings, we lost $77M, and could not pay the actors, crew or staff - but the directors (spielberg) got $120M....

Yes another vertical integration scam spewing session.

http://en.wikiped...counting

http://www.techdi...counting

Etc....

The film studios are not run by wacky cult members, no... they are all members of Arseholes Anonymous.

This just smacks of their hypocritical cash grabbing bullshit.
antialias_physorg
not rated yet Nov 12, 2013
Some critics say the curriculum would promote a biased agenda.

No? Really? I mean...really?
Is there anyone who thinks this type of course doesn't have some nefarious agenda? Anyone at all?

to help educate students about the "importance of being creative and protecting creativity."

You don't need to reach children about the 'importance of being creative'. Kids manage that without you telling them to, thank you very much.

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