In the US, the MPAA has been running a project to send biased industry representatives into school to brainwash kids about copyright that (not surprisingly) is extremely biased towards the entertainment industry's position of supporting their business model. It's not clear why schools think it's okay to have one industry write the lessons, but apparently it's not just happening in the US. Michael Geist points out that up in Canada, the industry has just launched an "educational" website for teachers and students on copyright issues that features the lessons of Captain Copyright, a super hero of sorts, designed to teach kids right from wrong when it comes to copyright. As Geist outlines, it appears that things like fair use and personal copies don't seem to be a part of Captain Copyright's vast store of knowledge. In one set of activities, students are even told to write letters to newspaper editors in support of the industry's view on copyright -- which seems like an attempt to get young kids to help with an astroturf campaign. No matter what your position on the state of copyright law these days, it seems odd that a clearly biased industry should be allowed to create the lesson that teaches young kids about such a topic. Of course, as with the US brainwashing campaign, it will likely turn out that many kids are smart enough to see that the lessons are bogus, and will have no problem saying so.
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