Overhype

by Mike Masnick




The Boy Scouts Now Have An MPAA Merit Badge In Misleading Arguments

from the lucky-them dept

Chris writes in to let us know that the MPAA's latest effort in brainwashing kids to their one sided argument is that they've convinced the Boy Scouts of America to offer a merit badge for "learning about the evils of downloading pirated movies and music." One has to assume this merit badge doesn't include learning about fair use, or the promotional value of content, though, it probably does teach them the latest gibberish, doublespeak, denial and bullying techniques favored by the industry. Over at Boing Boing, Cory Doctorow runs through all of the industry's double standards over the years on intellectual property, and wonders why the Boy Scouts would let such a biased party create the conditions for a merit badge. So, are the Boy Scouts willing to let the folks around here create a merit badge in understanding the economics of digital goods? I'm sure many of our readers would be willing to help create the curriculum. Update: As plenty of people have pointed out in the comments, this is not a "merit badge" but an "activity patch" that is only good for Boy Scouts in Los Angeles. Activity patches are apparently close to meaningless, though it's still not clear why the MPAA got to create the curriculum for this particular one.

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    Anonymous Coward, 21 Oct 2006 @ 10:03am

    You have discredited yourself as a new source

    1. There is no merit badge. Meritbadge.com
    2. BSA did not endourse anything about this issue.
    3. Scouting is getting more socialistic and liberal not more conservative.
    4. LDS church does not control scouting. Athiest and gay Eagle scouts are hatched every day.

    When you post and leave posted just bad reporting about something I do know about, it discredits you as a new source to teach me about things I do not know about.

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