MPAA Begins Project To Brainwash School Children

from the nice-try dept

Last month, we mentioned the scary news that one of the MPAA's latest tactics against file sharing was to create an entire educational program which they would present in schools. Well, that program launched yesterday in schools across the country, and they're not even remotely subtle in how one-sided they paint the picture. For example, they tell students "If you haven't paid for it, you've stolen it." Except, well, that's not true at all. If, for example, the MP3s were placed up there by those who do own the rights to the music, then it's perfectly legal. Even if it's music that hasn't been put up their by those who own the rights, it's copyright infringement (and you may have some fair use rights) and not theft. Wendy Seltzer at the EFF goes through a few other problems with the "educational" program. Plenty of people are upset about this. Some with the one-sided content, and others with the fact that students are being bribed with incentives such as free DVDs, DVD players, movie tickets and trips to Hollywood (um... I thought if they hadn't paid for it, they had stolen it...) for writing essays about why file sharing is bad. Of course, in the end, this might not be such a big deal, as many of the students who get this lesson will realize how ridiculous it is. The article linked above reviews one presenter giving the lesson in San Francisco where students roll their eyes and challenge many of the statements made. Just in titling it "What's the Diff? A Guide to Digital Citizenship", (their weak attempt at sounding on top of the latest jargon) most kids will immediately see through this as a ridiculous corporate front.

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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2007 @ 3:32am

    "U guys suck balls" ??? was that aimed at the MPAA or the posters above?

    If it was aimed at the posters above, whats the bet that you could trace vnk's IP back to the MPAA's HQ

    As a weird site note:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dantes_Inferno

    Which circle of hell do MPAA staff go to?

    The third circle is for gluttons

    Fourth Circle. Those whose concern for material goods deviated from the desired mean are punished in this circle. They include the avaricious or miserly, who hoarded possessions.

    Fifth Circle is for the wrathful / slothful

    Seventh Circle, Outer ring, housing the violent against people and property.

    Seventh Circle, Inner ring: for those violent against art!

    Eighth Circle. The fraudulent—those guilty of deliberate, knowing evil

    Ninth Circle. Traitors, distinguished from the "merely" fraudulent in that their acts involve betraying one in a special relationship to the betrayer

    Maybe they take short vacations between the various circles depending on their current mood?

    Then again we have the terraces of Purgatory:

    First Terrace: The proud get weighed down by huge boulders on their backs!

    Second Terrace: the envious!

    Third terrace: The wrathful

    Fifth: The avaricious

    Sixth: The gluttonous

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