Piracy-Fighting Plan: Teach Copyright Law to Little Kids
MPAA backs planned 'Be a Creator' program
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 11, 2013 11:50 AM CST
The MPAA wants to teach kids not to pirate material.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – The Motion Picture Association of America wants young people to know that piracy is a crime—and the group is hoping to get the message out early. It's teaming up with the Recording Industry Association of America and Internet service providers to push an anti-piracy program in elementary schools, the Los Angeles Times reports. The California School Library Association and iKeepSafe, a nonprofit aimed at kids' online safety, are also on board with the "Be a Creator" program, aimed at kids from kindergarten through sixth grade.

The draft curriculum, commissioned by the MPAA-backed Center for Copyright Information, features lessons like "Respect the Person: Give Credit" and "It's Great to Create," the Times notes. But some educators and experts aren't happy with the idea, and have two main complaints: One, that the curriculum is biased because it doesn't teach fair use. (A rep for iKeepSafe says the concept of fair use could be better understood by teens.) Second, "the idea that time would be taken out of kids' days to teach them copyright law, when they ought to be learning reading, writing, and arithmetic, I find to be strange," says a copyright lawyer.

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NorCalHal
Nov 21, 2013 7:34 PM CST
Put a half hour discussion of copyrights and piracy in their "ethics" class if such things are even taught anymore...With all the school holidays and teacher conference breaks and days off the kids have a hard enough time learning the BASICS they need to function in society !!!
barnums-animals
Nov 13, 2013 6:39 AM CST
I think this is a great idea. make it part of the new common core curriculum. They can fit this in right after the lesson on never questioning an elected government official.
Lou Bernardo
Nov 12, 2013 10:02 AM CST
Seems to me a little kid copying a Disney character's picture to put on a class paper is hardly threatening Disney's billions like a Chinese company that turns out Disney souvenirs to be sold. Example: years ago Disney discovered a daycare center in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, had "unauthorized" Disney characters painted on the wall of the playroom and threatened to sue. They were painted over and Hannah-Barbara came there and painted their cartoon characters on the wall at no charge.