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Record industry starts 'educational' progam to teach five year olds about piracy

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 04 Oct 2009 1:10 User comments (22)

Record industry starts 'educational' progam to teach five year olds about piracy The record industry is once again facing criticism this week after they began an 'educational' program designed to teach children, some as young as kindergartners, the evils of music piracy.
Six primary schools in the UK have already had the copyright law lessons and the class is expected to be rolled out to the entire region later in the year.

The entire scheme is run by Ruth Katz, an executive for EMI who doubles as a music industry consultant.

Katz says the lesson is funded independently by music industry organizations, including the EMI Music Sound Foundation, "a charity set up by the label to improve music education."

Critics, such as Don Foster of the group Liberal Democrat Shadow Culture, Media and Sport, says the true intentions of the lesson is to protect commercial interests of the labels rather than to "educate."

Says Foster: ‘This is not a major topic we should be introducing for children at such a young age. Primary schools have got overcrowded curriculums as it is.’

Katz was part of EMI's anti-piracy team and writes of the new program: ‘I have initiated an education program for primary schoolchildren to teach them about copyright and anti-piracy.

‘The project has tremendous support from music industry associations, notably the IFPI [International Federation of the Phonographic Industry] and UK Music [the organization that supports artists’ interests], the EMI Music Sound Foundation and the Department for Children, Schools and Families along with other music-related industries.’


After facing early criticism, Katz changed her profile of the program, instead writing: ‘I have initiated an education programme for primary schoolchildren to teach them about the broader aspects of creativity and making music.’

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22 user comments

14.10.2009 2:08

It doesn't matter what they teach them, as soon as they realize that they need to ask theri parents every week for money to buy their music on itunes or in any store, and that they could very well just download it, the path shall be revealed for their twisted souls XD

24.10.2009 2:17

If you think thats bad..

UN wants to teach 5yo something else as well.
http://mensnewsdaily.com/sexandmetro/200...-to-masturbate/

34.10.2009 2:28

i think they should be teaching them to share music with there friends and about free downloads.they should also teach the that not everyone can afford to buy cds&songs.i also feel teaching them downloading songs for free is wrong its a form of propaganda set up by the music industry.


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44.10.2009 2:47

I'm amazed and disgusted that they allowed this in the public school system.

54.10.2009 4:36

Quote:
Don Foster of the group Liberal Democrat Shadow Culture, Media and Sport,
I think that should read, Don Foster the Liberal Democrat shadow minister for culture, media and sport.

The Liberal Democrats are our third political party and the shadow cabinet is set up to "shadow" their respective government cabinet ministers.

64.10.2009 7:58

Wow. I guess that the high production skills of "Don't Copy That Floppy" and the sequel didn't pay off in relaying the proper message.

74.10.2009 12:19

It does not take too long to teach children of the evils of piracy. Just show a picture, and ask them to copy it onto their own paper using their own pencils. Once everyone is done, have a cop come in and forcibly take $150,000 from each child for their terrible crimes...they will never copy anything ever again!

As for the UN child education plans, they may be a bit extreme, and I'm not advocating masturbation in class or anything...but the kids are going to learn all of this anyway, and all knowledge is good. It is only the application of knowledge (or lack of knowledge) through action that can be good or evil.

Doing good when you do not know it is good is neither good nor evil.

Those who start by burning books will end by burning bodies.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 04 Oct 2009 @ 12:26

84.10.2009 12:50

the record industry interfering in child education is bang out of order for sure, there should be a law just for these arseholes. stooping a bit low there they are, what next.

ONLY IN AMERICA

94.10.2009 14:59
H08
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Originally posted by zenno:

ONLY IN AMERICA
is this the only thing you've been posting?
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104.10.2009 15:09

this is disgusting

114.10.2009 16:30

Just when you think the media industry can't conjure up anything more stupid they still manage to surprise us. Priceless.

Originally posted by KillerBug:
It does not take too long to teach children of the evils of piracy. Just show a picture, and ask them to copy it onto their own paper using their own pencils. Once everyone is done, have a cop come in and forcibly take $150,000 from each child for their terrible crimes...they will never copy anything ever again!
LOL, good one.

Originally posted by zenno:
ONLY IN AMERICA
LOL, bad one.
If you read the article properly you'll see it's unluckly British 5yr olds that are to be the luckly recipients of this ridiculous idea. And yes i'm sure i've seen that quote before too.
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124.10.2009 16:48

Originally posted by canuckerz:
I'm amazed and disgusted that they allowed this in the public school system.
I totally agree. This is a brainwashing, not education. Teach the kids important fundamental skills (Math, English, Science, Business), education that the parents paid for in the first place, not to be educated on how to help the record companies make more even money.

134.10.2009 21:24

let the brainwashing commence...

145.10.2009 0:41

Quote:
Originally posted by canuckerz:
I'm amazed and disgusted that they allowed this in the public school system.
I totally agree. This is a brainwashing, not education. Teach the kids important fundamental skills (Math, English, Science, Business), education that the parents paid for in the first place, not to be educated on how to help the record companies make more even money.
Brainwashing may not belong in public schools, but it is already there. You should hear the B.S. that they tell kids about history and politics! Here in the USA, it is common practice to teach children that we live in a democracy and that everyone is equal (we live under a republic, where power is determined by parents and wealth). They say the Civil War was about slavery, when the war started before the emancipation proclamation was even drafted! They preach about freedom or religeon, then make the children pledge their allegiance to a nation "under god".

Most of the world is brainwashed to some extent, and much of it comes from schools. If there is anything about this story that is not suprising, it is the brainwashing of children.

155.10.2009 6:56

We dont need no education
We dont dont need no thoughts controlled
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone

Hey teacher....leave them kids alone

All in all your just a another brick in the wall


I wonder if there was a letter home to all the parents asking for their permission to brainwash the children?

165.10.2009 8:38

While we're at it, why don't we teach the kids the economics of signing your creative works to the recording industry. There aren't too many ways to draw cutesy vampires, but maybe we can hire the Count from Sesame Street.

Indoctrination. My kids would not attend class if that was introduced here. This class is most likely not just about internet "piracy." It probably encompasses all forms of sharing. There is no way that my kids are going to grow up thinking that copying music from friends is immoral. I'm going to make sure that my kids buy their music as they go through their teens with money that they've earned, but if they find other ways to obtain it on the way (other than shoplifting or stealing a physical copy from someone), more power to them.

175.10.2009 10:29
cdxanti
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It dosent matter what the music industry does to stop illegal music downloading because its become so common you could probably find limewire on 65% of home computers around the world. The parents of those kids have probably download music themselves. Its already to late for the industry to do anything about illegal downloading, they just want attention.

185.10.2009 17:55

Originally posted by windsong:
If you think thats bad..

UN wants to teach 5yo something else as well.
http://mensnewsdaily.com/sexandmetro/200...urbate/


Sex Ed? Doesn't sound like a bad idea.

195.10.2009 18:28

Just like we were taught in school in the 50s and 60s NOT to smoke, drink, have sex etc.

This is just priming them for the "aha moment" when they realize it's all free on line and it's more fun since the authorities told them NOT to.

And it's my generation that's the authority-the very ones who were into free love, drugs and alcohol and fast muscle cars. How ironic. Peace!...of the free pie. LOL

205.10.2009 18:29

Gradical is correct. My little padawans know their allowance doesn't need to be wasted by using it towards the purchase of any electronic media. They all know how to use mini ova and irate pay :) lol

218.10.2009 20:45

By the time these 5 year-olds are old enough to buy their own music, CD's will be ancient history.

-Kix

228.10.2009 23:39

Originally posted by Kixstar:
By the time these 5 year-olds are old enough to buy their own music, CD's will be ancient history.

-Kix

your never to old to over pay for music!!

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