Totally False Propaganda About File Sharing Being Given To Students As Educational Material

from the will-the-next-pamphlet-be-about-lying-to-students? dept

It's no secret that both the MPAA and the RIAA have created so-called "educational campaigns" for students about copyright. These educational programs are incredibly one-sided, of course, and it's amazing that many schools actually allow this sort of corporate propaganda to masquerade as educational material. Even more problematic is when an entirely separate organization, supposedly offering a non-biased educational campaign, starts parroting the propaganda. The nonprofit National Center for State Courts, whose charter apparently is as an "organization dedicated to improving the administration of justice by providing leadership and service to court systems in the United States," has done just that. As part of that, it created a set of "graphic novels" (more like a pamphlets) designed to teach students how the court system works. Except the first such graphic novel actually teaches a bunch of RIAA propaganda about file sharing that is mostly flat-out false.

Among the things that aren't true is a claim that file sharing is a city level crime that will get you arrested by the local cops, and that you can face a 2 year jail sentence and a criminal record for downloading songs. You would think that a pamphlet designed to teach kids how the courts would work would actually get the legal issues correct. But, instead, it's just a bunch of propaganda that is completely incorrect about the law.

Filed Under: copyright, educational campaign, file sharing, propaganda
Companies: national center for state courts


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  1. identicon
    Nigel, 22 Aug 2008 @ 2:36pm

    Knock-off Nigel

    I'm not sure how well the adverts in the UK will deter piracy, but they certainly make me chuckle.

    "He's the type of man who does things on the cheap, he gave his girlfriend a watch he found in the street. He buys knock-off DVDs, he'd rob his on gran, he scrounges his drinks what a grubby little man. He's a knock-off Nigel, he's a knoc-off nigel..."

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TbqBPmInjQ

    You just have to chortle when you watch it, it really is quite good.

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