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Saturday, November 04, 2006

Boy Scout Respect Copyright Patch

Only in California would they create a merit badge for respecting copyright protection. Boy Scouts in the Los Angeles area can now earn a merit badge for learnings why downloading music and movies is bad.
While I think this is a little over the top it seems to fit. “The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.”

Boy Scout Copyright Patch
Respect Copyrights

It’s no surprise that it was the Motion Picture Association of America which came up with this program. According to Dan Glickman, Chairman and CEO of the MPAA, “The film industry is a major contributor to the Los Angeles economy and as such, it is important to protect the economic vitality film brings to L.A. and the state of California.”

Director of public relations for the LA area coucil of Boy Scouts of America, Victor Zuniga said, “The Respect Copyrights patch is a fun way for young kids to learn more about what goes into the making movies while garnering a deep appreciation for creative works and the importance of copyright protection.”

Instead of the MPAA influencing the Boy Scouts it might be better if the film industry learned some ethical and moral lessons from our scouts.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, very true ... the RIAA and MPAA (as well as many other big corporations out there) could learn quite a bit from the Boy Scouts code of ethics.

1:05 AM  

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