We’ve got DRM in our games, the RIAA continues to sue small-fry, individual file sharers, the consumer-unfriendly Digital Millenium Copyright Act is the law of the land, the IP industry is trying to push DMCA-like legislation in Canada, and the secret ACTA copyright negotiations are ongoing.
But the copyright lobby would like to be in your kid’s school, too.
The Copyright Alliance, a lobbying group which includes game publishers trade association the Entertainment Software Association among its members, has just launched the Copyright Alliance Education Foundation, which it bills as a non-profit, charitable organization:
Its mission as of now is K-12 schools, and… we are already working with many schools across the country… The focus of our curricula is student empowerment; communicating how the U.S. Constitution gives each and every one of us rights and ownership over our creations.
Taking classroom time away from the 3R’s is not a new idea for those in the IP protection business, however. As GamePolitics reported in 2007, the ESA’s top enforcement exec, Ric Hirsch, told attendees at an anti-piracy conference:
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.