MPAA and RIAA want to teach grade school kids the “value of copyright and dangers of piracy”


The Center for Copyright Information is currently developing a curriculum in California called “Be a Creator.” Its goal is to teach elementary school students the “value of copyright and dangers of digital piracy.” The group is backed by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and has presented the curriculum in September for pilot testing in the on-going school year. It would target students from kindergarten to the sixth grade.

The curriculum includes lessons like “Respect the Person: Give Credit,” “It’s Great to Create,” and “Copyright Matters.” Students will be taught how to “share, create and move files in a way that’s ethical and responsible.”

But while the curriculum is currently in its draft stages, its already receiving plenty of criticism. Taking away time from children that can be used to learn about reading and arithmetic is one of the concerns, and the response from some educators has been that its a worthy topic of discussion, it doesn’t really seem suited for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. That, and the basic curriculum that students have to get through should already be keeping them busy.

While online piracy is certainly an important issue, it’s hard not to think that copyright groups might be going too far with this one.

What do you think of the proposed curriculum? Let us know in the comments!

[via LA Times, image via Sean]

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  • Coyote

    But will being swindled by your agent, lawyers, venue hosts, and other corporate fat cats be part of the curriculum? Will they teach them that whatever they create will inevitably wind up in the hands of someone else (not pirates, rights-holders…funny how they seem to feed on the same thing)? How about telling them about the massive amounts of money they use to fight piracy compared to the gains of free advertising the internet has generated for tons of artists? Or that anyone with a pretty face and auto-tune will take your songs and make millions while not giving anything to the writer?

    Music is meant to be shared, it’s purpose since the first man grunted on purpose was to communicate to pass along culture and knowledge. The thing they call music now is well… like GF said it’s just a “loudness war”.

  • GF

    > The group is backed by … the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)

    I’d like to teach grade school kids how awful several CDs are.
    Listening to them is an awful experience: lacking bass, too strong bass, not flat frequency response, strong distortion, “Loudness war” (saturation, clipping), secondary instruments too highlighted, altered spatiality of the instruments, songs that fade at the end when the music is at its best, variable quality between an album and the next album etc…
    I’d like to teach grade school kids that certain people into music-industries are simply criminals who destroy the Music, the good Sound, and the pleasure to listen to them.

    (“Loudness war”:

  • J.L.

    Of course the purpose is indoctrination while they’re young and naive.