Downloading Is Mean! Content Industry Drafts Anti-Piracy Curriculum for Elementary Schools

David Kravets,, Sept 24, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The content publishing industry is going after children with destructive and misleading propaganda, according to this report in Wired. Downloading Is Mean! "Cheating on your homework or cribbing notes from another student is bad, but not as bad as sharing a music track with a friend," paraphrases the article. "It suggests, falsely, that ideas are property and that building on others’ ideas always requires permission," says Mitch Stoltz, an IP lawyer with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "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." What is the most sad of all, I think, is that the industry thinks of education as nothing more than a propaganda tool.

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