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

From: Doug Harvey (
Date: Wed Jun 06 2001 - 13:06:26 PDT

Now THAT sounds like a parody!!

>From: Vicki Bennett <>
>Subject: [rumori] U.K. plans mandatory IP indoctrination for children, from
>Date: Wed, 6 Jun 2001 20:27:05 +0100
>>----Original Message----
>>From: Declan McCullagh <>
>>Subject: FC: U.K. plans mandatory IP indoctrination for children, from
>> 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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