CRIA To Promote Copyright “Education” Plan

CNET is reporting that Canada is in for another attempt to "educate" children about copyright.  Despite the fact that both Captain Copyright and Fair-Share were recently shelved, CRIA is apparently anxious to work with provincial governments to develop copyright curriculum.  Moreover, CRIA's Graham Henderson plans to target parents with messages in parenting and women's interest magazines.


  1. George Orwell says:

    CRIA should be stay out of the business of “education” as well as other business not related with them. They are starting to become very intrusive, a sort of “big brother”. They have just force a site,, to filter out canadians. That means because you live in Canada you cannot visit the web site. Beside the invasion of privacy (they check your IP address in order to discriminate you) it is unethical and against any concept of basic freedom. The paradox is that the site is hosted in Canada.

    The following is the message you can read if you try to connect to the site:

    “We received a letter from a lawyer represeting the CRIA, they were threatening with legal action and We need to start blocking Canadian traffic because of this. If you reside in Canada, that is the reason you are being redirected to this message. Thanks for your understanding, and sorry for any inconvenience.”

  2. Didn’t the CRIA just admit that it’s legal to copy in Canada as they get money from the CPCC to cover their ‘losses’?

  3. I suggest to put a CRIA officer in every school in order to check kindergarten classes for copyright infringement during sharing time.

  4. Fair-Share and Capt. Copyright, FAILED. This will be no different.

  5. Squad car at every school
    Somehow can’t picture this man working “with” ANYone involved in education. It was the almighty Graham himself who declared at music week a while back that they should send a squad car over to every school and haul kids’ downloading asses outta there by the collar…?

  6. Adolescents use to test their boundaries. They have to test their limits usually banning every rule adults want to impose to them. You tell them not to smoke, they smoke, you tell them not to drink they drink, you tell them not to download they will download even more. It is part of the natural growing process. Only a dictatorship could overrule that. Communism was a dictatorship imposed by a government, capitalism is a dictatorship imposed by corporations. Now that communism is dead it is time for capitalism to “relax”. A more “people” friendly society is in demand.

  7. pop music
    The majority of students usually do not have access to lot of money. They download music which would not pay for anyway. When I was a student I use to tape most of my friends albums and nobody was complaining. Although I was “poor” (only my father was working) I have managed to buy hundreds of albums anyway. I guess they were very cheap in the ‘70s. If the record industry is not able to decrease the price of CDs a different business model is indeed needed. How difficult is to sell digital music on line for “cheap” since there is no container, artwork, distribution and other expenses involved? People downloading music are not stealing they are sending a clear message. “People” want music to be “popular” again. Perhaps is CRIA that needs to be (re)educated.

  8. Didn’t get the t-shirt
    Just had to check for myself and yes, I received the same message from demonoid. So now what do I do if I want to buy the t-shirt?

    Just what sort of dinosaur is this guy Henderson? mothers in particular–do represent an important audience to educate

    I cannot see very many teachers incorporating CRIAs or RIAAs (think SPP) corporate curriculum, how was it put, so it\’s \”organic\”, let alone any way at all. What utter trash.

    Did these people never own a cassette deck? Did they never make party tapes? Mostly we are talking music here. Movies too I know, but music first and what sort of country are we when every single song costs. Never to be shared. Is it a fascist country yet? Are we there now? Geo

  9. Uottawa
    I would disagree with many of these comments. I think that knowledge of copyrights is something that is vitally important, especially for students who will eventually one day be running the economy, but what is of even greater importance would be strengthening education on the Creative Commons and the ‘copyleft’ movement. While I don’t think organizations such as the CRIA should be responsible for overseeing this education in our schools, I do believe that citizens should be informed with what consumer rights belong to them.

    Education on this matter should certainly be addressed to the public and not restricted to the blog sphere or the university classroom. However, if the CRIA’s goal is to inflict ‘fear’ into our youth, or mislead them on what rights are theirs, I can certainly see a problem with this. Just like how several years ago the Ontario curriculum introduced civil studies in high school, so too should this be brought into the umbrella group of ‘civilian rights and education’

  10. Reader
    We are in a knowledge-based economy. Any transparent and honest efforts put into IP education (at any age) is welcome. I agree, fear-inflicting “education” is counter productive (as is overzealous hyper-criticism of anything pertaining to reinforcement of copyrights). Copyright is good and becomes bad when it purposely restricts trade and exchange between rights holder and the people.