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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    anon, 21 Oct 2006 @ 10:48am

    I'm an eagle scout, earned June 6, 2006 and I had 25 Merit badges. I'm brotherhood in Order of the Arrow, and sat Senior Patrol leader as well as OA rep and many other positions. There is no way the BSA would stand for this. It isn't a merit badge, and never will be. Don't believe it. Not to mention on one of the links someone posted above there are numerous misspellings and grammer errors in what appears to be the requirements. It seemed to be more of something the MPAA was thinking about but never put into action.

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