ESA Wants Access to Elementary Schools for Anti-piracy Message

Allowing lobbyists to push their agenda to kindergarten and elementary school kids?

What a pleasant thought…

Cnet reports that the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), which represents the interests of U.S. game publishers, would like to indoctrinate K-5 schoolchildren with the organization’s anti-piracy message.

The news comes out of an anti-piracy summit in Washington, D.C. The event was hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce According to the Cnet story, the ESA’s chief IP enforcer, Ric Hirsch, said:
 

In the 15- to 24-year-old (range), reaching that demographic with morality-based messages is an impossible proposition… which is why we have really focused our efforts on elementary school children. At those ages, children are open to receiving messages, guidelines, rules of the road, if you will, with respect to intellectual property.

The ESA has already developed a curriculum designed to teach copyright respect to the K-5’s. Hirsch didn’t reveal whether or not the organization has had any success in placing the program in schools.

GP: Let’s hope not. While we certainly don’t condone IP theft, allowing corporations to waste valuable classroom time to push their agenda is a disturbing concept.

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