MPAA backs anti-piracy curriculum for elementary school students

.First there was the Boy Scouts \”Respect Copyrights\” activity patch, backed by the Motion Picture Assn. of America.

Then there was \”Crime-Fighting Canines,\” a weekly anti-piracy comic strip series for children in which two black Labrador retrievers named Lucky and Flo sniffed out bootleg DVDs. The series was part of a school education campaign led by the MPAA.

Now that group, along with the Recording Industry Assn. of America and the nations main Internet service providers, is quietly backing another controversial push to educate schoolchildren about the evils of piracy.

via MPAA backs anti-piracy curriculum for elementary school students – latimes.com.

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2 thoughts on “MPAA backs anti-piracy curriculum for elementary school students

  1. I agree that teaching children at a young age about online piracy is important, but I do not see it being very effective. Children are also taught that drugs and alcohol are bad for you yet a few years down the road there is always a percentage that take part in experimenting with them. What is going to stop these kids from eventually downloading music and movies illegally? Campaigns such as this one seem to only go so far. I also feel that with the already packed curriculum for elementary students, schools need to stay focused on what is more important to the child’s overall education such as mathematics, reading etc.

  2. There is no doubt that piracy and copyright are becoming more important to learn about, in an age where almost everyone is a creator of some form of digital media at some point in time.
    However, in my opinion, teaching these things in elementary school is a bit too early.. That is when you are just learning how to be creative, and one of the most important things that goes along with creativity in my opinion? Resourcefulness.
    When I think about how this might pan out, there seems to be potential problems when you try to teach skills like sharing, resourcefulness, and teamwork while also teaching that you should not take, share, or show other things.
    Another huge concern, as was mentioned in the article, is that the idea of fair use is just as equally stressed as piracy/copyright. It is just as important to tell people (especially kids) what they can do, as much as what they cant do – in an effort to be fair and not have misconstrued information.

    As an afterthought… how much harm can elementary students do? Maybe this is not the right way to think… But most of the copyright infringements that I imagine elementary school children performing are forms of experimentation and aid in the learning process – and how many of them are trying to sell their work?

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