RIAA Following MPAA's Lead In Brainwashing Kids
from the why-do-schools-accept-this? dept
For a few years now, the MPAA has had a program to “educate” children by sending industry shills into schools to give extremely one-sided presentations about copyright issues. We’ve never quite figured out why schools agree to have clearly biased industry representatives go into schools for educational purposes. It’s the equivalent of having oil industry representatives give kids lessons on environmentalism. They may be great for one side of a debate, but to suggest it’s unbiased information is a stretch. However, it appears that the RIAA is joining its sister organization by putting together an educational campaign for universities that (as you’d expect) is also completely one-sided and ignores important things like “fair use.”
The RIAA is being criticized for this approach, and are fighting back with ridiculous claims: “First, we were told we should not enforce our rights. Now we are told education is wrong, too. We won’t accept such a do-nothing approach. We’ll continue to work with respected higher-education groups to engage students to think critically about these issues.” There are so many problems with that statement, it’s difficult to know where to start. First, the reason they were told “not to enforce” their rights was because it’s bad for business to make all your customers feel like they’re criminals. Second, no one is saying that “education” is wrong. They’re simply saying that one-sided biased information presented as objective, factual information is a problem. Finally, the idea that this educational attempt is about getting students to “think critically about these issues” is just flat out laughable. It would be great if the RIAA wanted to take part in an actual critical look at issues concerning copyright, but every time people try, the industry ignores what they say and claims that everyone just wants to steal from them.