It’s truly amazing how low the Recording Industry Association of America will go.
Today, the Electronic Frontier Foundation reported on it’s website that the RIAA has now put together a “curriculum” for teaching copyright law to schoolkids.
For instance, the RIAA tells kids, “Never copy someone else’s creative work without permission from the copyright holder.”, omitting the important right to make creative fair use of existing content.
It also coins a misleading term, “songlifting,” which the curriculum says is “just as bad as shoplifting”. The updated curriculum goes even further and asks kids to contact their local media and act as the RIAA’s own unpaid public relations staff.
To combat this, the EFF has put together an alternative curriculum called, “Teaching Copyright“. The curriculum was created to help teachers present the laws surrounding digital rights in a balanced way.
The RIAA has continued to mislead the public into the copyright law spectrum. This propaganda campaign was designed to confuse and scare kids into tattling on friends who use legal downloading services.
Thankfully, there are organizations keeping an eye on the RIAA and their shameless campaign of misinformation.