Pro-copyright lobbyists and anti-piracy outfits have a clear idea of what is needed to manipulate the minds of the younger generations. The MPAA most famously handed out a "merit patch in respecting copyright" to LA Boy Scouts, and now the Copyright Alliance has entered US classrooms in an attempt to educate today's youth about the benefits of copyright.
The Copyright Alliance describes itself as a non-profit, non-partisan educational organization dedicated to promoting the value of copyright as a means to make money. The more restrictions, the more money can be made is their credo, and they go to extremes to prove their point.
One of the key research documents listed on their website is a highly critical review of Professor Lawrence Lessig's book "Free Culture". According to the review, Lessig is a "hypocritical demagogue" whose book imposes a "quasi-socialist utopianism" while "demonizing" copyright.
Of course, everybody is entitled to their own opinion but with regard to what's being taught to youngsters in schools, one should at least try to get the facts right. Unfortunately, the Copyright Alliance screws up badly in this respect.
For example, in one of their their featured reports it is claimed that The Pirate Bay is selling pirated movies and music to its users. "Up until 2006, one of the largest global sellers of pirated films and music files was sold by a company based in Sweden – Pirate Bay," it reads. Despite their blatant lies in their research reports, they have still managed to convince several schools to use their course materials.