I Did Nothing Wrong, Kids, And Neither Should You
from the we-don't-get-it-either dept
A 67-year-old grandfather sued by the MPAA for up to $600,000 after his 12-year-old grandson downloaded four movies has settled the case, and as part of the settlement, he’ll go speak to elementary school kids about the evils of piracy. This is particularly bizarre — the guy didn’t download the movies, an act to which his grandson confessed (though he says he didn’t know it was illegal), something known from the outset. Now, as part of the settlement — for not doing anything — he has to go do the MPAA’s job for them, and tell kids not to download movies. So once again, when the entertainment industry is faced with a case it could lose, it manages to pull out a settlement (at much reduced rates to its claimed damages). But, as usual, there are plenty of questions about this suit. Why should the grandfather be held responsible for something he didn’t do? And why should he have to go try to indoctrinate young kids with MPAA propaganda?