Thursday, February 16, 2006


Of course, it might just be that Californian Ed Chavez has come up with the idea all on his own - although he's very proud at the support its been getting from the RIAA and MPAA. The idea? If education establishments in the state want funding to help teach technology, they'd have to promise to waste some of the time and money teaching an RIAA view of copyright law as well.

Chavez explains it all:

"This activity has resulted in multi-billion dollar losses to the content industries in California particularly the music and filmed entertainment industries," according to a comment from Chavez's office. "When computers at public schools and college campuses are used for illegal file sharing, precious and costly bandwidth is consumed resulting in increased costs to taxpayers. An educational program targeted at students could help stem this activity. Many students, teachers, and parents do not realize that downloading a copyrighted song or film over the Internet is illegal and no different than stealing a CD or DVD from a retail store."

Perhaps the reason they don't realise that there's no difference between downloading an MP3 and stealing a CD is because it's not true, Chavez, as with downloading the owner is not deprived of anything.