[PGCanada] More Copyright Bias

Michael Hart hart at pglaf.org
Mon Dec 6 11:34:49 PST 2004

British Music Rights (BMR), a group that represents songwriters and
composers, is sponsoring a program to educate British schoolchildren
between the ages of 11 and 14 about copyright and music piracy. The
group has put together education packs that include lessons about
copyright, royalties, and downloading music on the Internet, as well as
how these issues affect the creation of original work. Music piracy in
the United Kingdom is blamed for a steady decline in recent years in CD
sales and for significant financial losses to recording companies and
to artists and songwriters. In addition to limiting copyright
violations, the education packs, which have been requested by more than
1,600 schools, are designed to prepare children for possible careers in
the music industry. Guy Chambers, one of the songwriters who has
publicly supported the BMR campaign, said the education packs will help
shield young people who might pursue a career in the music industry
from "unscrupulous" individuals.
BBC, 30 November 2004

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