A new elementary school curriculum is being developed by the Motion Picture Association of America, the Recording Industry Association of America, and several of the nation’s top ISPs to teach children about the unlawfulness of sharing copyrighted material.
Mitch Stolz, an intellectual property attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, reviewed the material at WIRED’s request and said, “This thinly disguised corporate propaganda is inaccurate and inappropriate.”
“It suggests, falsely, that ideas are property and that building on others’ ideas always requires permission.”
Stolz continued, “The overriding message of this curriculum is that students’ time should be consumed not in creating but in worrying about their impact on corporate profits.”
Each grade level’s curriculum material consists of a short video and a worksheet with discussion points for teachers to use- with questions such as, “In school, if we copy a friend’s answers on a test or homework assignment, what happens?” — and attempts to teach the little ones that using works without permission is “stealing.”
A pilot project is to be tested in California schools later this year.
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