[rumori] U.K. plans mandatory IP indoctrination for children, from Cluebot

From: Vicki Bennett (peoplelikeusATmistral.co.uk)
Date: Wed Jun 06 2001 - 12:27:05 PDT

>----Original Message----
>From: Declan McCullagh <declanATwell.com>
>Subject: FC: U.K. plans mandatory IP indoctrination for children, from Cluebot
> U.K. Plans Mandatory IP Indoctrination for Children
> posted by vergil on Wednesday June 06, AT12:10PM
> from the get-em-while-they're-young dept.
> Forget digital watermarks and cease-and-desist letters. The
> future of intellectual property enforcement lies not in
> technological access controls or litigation, but mandatory education.
> Anthony Murphy, the UK Patent Office's Director of Copyright since
> 1999, has hit upon a novel solution to stamp out public disregard for
> copyright law by nipping future file-swappers in the bud.
> In a move that's an eerie cross between Brave New World and the Lehman
> Working Group's "Just Say Yes" (to licensing) proposal, the UK's
> Patent Office and Department of Education have teamed up to teach
> youngsters the virtues of copyright. Starting in fall 2002, reverance
> to intellectual property -- and, presumably, disdain for Napster and
> its successors -- will become part the "Citizenship" aspect of
> England's National Curriculum for secondary school students.
> According to a April 26, 2001 UK Patent Office press release:
> "In Autumn 2002, a new subject, Citizenship, is being introduced into
> the National Curriculum in UK secondary schools. Its aim is to teach
> children how to be good, moral, citizens and Anthony Murphy believes
> the subject would be an ideal vehicle for teaching children about
> intellectual property.
> 'By bringing awareness of the importance of copyright into our
> schools, tomorrow's consumers can take their place in a community
> which understands, values and respects intellectual property.'"
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