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Captain Copyright Targets Kids 430

frank249 writes "The Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency has set up a copyright education website called Captain Copyright. There is a section for kids with comic books and a section for teachers for grades 1-3, 3-6 and 6-8. An example of a grade 1 class activity: 'Present the following situation to students: Your friend is downloading a song off the Internet. In comes Captain Copyright. Ask: What do you think Captain Copyright will say? Encourage students to brainstorm. Then hand out (or read) Line Master: Some Copyright Laws.' In Canadian law it is incorrect to download a song unless you pay for it. They also neglect to mention that Canadians pay a tax on blank media that is meant to compensate artists for downloads."
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  • by grub ( 11606 ) <> on Friday June 02, 2006 @07:04PM (#15458748) Homepage Journal

    We have a daughter due in July (really! I'm reproducing now...) In a few years I imagine she'll ask "Daddy... who's Captain Copyright?" and I'll say "Sweetie, he's like God." She'll reply "What do you mean, Daddy, all knowing, all powerful and something to be in awe of?" "No dear," I'll reply, "a make-believe thing people in power use against the masses to keep them scared."
    • by Tackhead ( 54550 ) on Friday June 02, 2006 @07:12PM (#15458801)
      > In a few years I imagine she'll ask "Daddy... who's Captain Copyright?" and I'll say "Sweetie, he's like God." She'll reply "What do you mean, Daddy, all knowing, all powerful and something to be in awe of?" "No dear," I'll reply, "a make-believe thing people in power use against the masses to keep them scared."

      Close, but no cigar.

      "Captain Copyright? I remember that site! It was where a bunch of Farkers and SA Forum Goons downloaded a huge library of source images [] for the funniest set Photoshop parodies ever!"

      • by ShieldW0lf ( 601553 ) on Friday June 02, 2006 @08:13PM (#15459192) Journal
        I know how to deal with this. We need to get the feminists on board.

        First, we explain how the internet makes culture and information plentiful goods, and how if the government didn't criminalize sharing it, market forces would in short order make them freely available to everyone in as much abundance as they wished.

        Then we explain how the whole copyright thing is a conspiracy by a bunch of Rich White Men to tie access to culture, education and information to earning power as a covert way of keeping it away from women, who have less earning power. (Don't worry if that last bit is true or not, they'll accept it.)

        Then we can just sit back, watch the fireworks, and in no time copyright will be toast.

        (Just don't let the chinese hear this logic, or they might start enforcing copyright over there)

  • by C0R1D4N ( 970153 ) on Friday June 02, 2006 @07:06PM (#15458756)
    I can see that copyright law is clearly a priority for early education. Not grammar, or mathematics, but intellectual property and coporate interests. I guess all the top execs of the tobacco companies jumped ship to the recording industry so they can keep practicing their "hook 'em while they're young" campaigns.
    • Not grammar, or mathematics, but intellectual property and coporate interests.

      I concur with your post.
    • I can see that copyright law is clearly a priority for early education. Not grammar, or mathematics, but intellectual property and coporate interests. And apparently not even spelling. Check out the last box of this cartoon []. What, exactly, is "resrearch"?
    • as a kid, the best sure-fire way to get me interested in doing something was to make an 'edutainment' comic book against it. I mean, jesus, this crap's down there with Johnny Turbo!
      • I take my comment back. This is brilliant. Sure, it makes kids want to violate copyright, but it makes it seem like an incontrovertible law. Like Jaywalking or something. I say bravo to Canada's version of the RIAA. I wish I could be that spineless and evil, I'd be rich and powerful already.
    • I suppose the difference here is that cigarettes cause cancer, while the recording industry's actions are a cancer.
  • Not gonna fly (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Umbral Blot ( 737704 ) on Friday June 02, 2006 @07:07PM (#15458768) Homepage
    Must. Restrain. Laughter. I think even small children are smart enough to realize that "Captain Copyright" is an idiotic idea. Kids don't respect educational cartoon role models in general; I see no reason why "Captain Copyright" will be any different. A generic super-hero with boring powers whose opponents are ordinary people instead of super-villains ... no one is going to find that interesting.
  • d) Report your friend to the police, collect a bonus check from the RIAA, and watch him spend the rest of his life paying off $1,000,000 in RIAA lawsuits.

    OK, so maybe it won't quite be worded that way, but probably something along those lines. Do we really need the RIAA et al creating comic books that encourage kids to report on their friends? What's next, reporting that your neighbour is possibly harbouring an arabic man in his attic (substitute arabic for jewish and step back about half a century, you'
  • Are these guys sure that "Captain Copyright" doesn't infringe on the "Captain Planet" copyright?
  • but that's no excuse for creating a comic that [i]blows[/i] so profoundly.

    Seriously, read "the story of Captain Copyright" in the "for kids" section of the website.

    What kind of kid is going to enjoy that pile of crap?
  • This, if anything, is all that "Captain Copyright" ought to say in a place called school (digne de ce nom).
  • by Nom du Keyboard ( 633989 ) on Friday June 02, 2006 @07:16PM (#15458826)
    The propaganda is getting blatant. It least this one is not my tax dollars at work. Maybe there's a reason the almighty Canadian dollar coin is referred to as the loonie.
  • by linguae ( 763922 ) on Friday June 02, 2006 @07:16PM (#15458831)

    ...but this comic is lame. Look at this page [] and the previous one. Somebody gets an A just because they didn't use a bootleg version of the textbook? Give me a break.

    There is also another page [] in the copyright comic that seems to confuse one issue (collaborate research and somebody trying to take all of the credit) with copyright law. The comic ended in a cliffhanger after a few pages, but I don't think this comic book is effective at all (not to mention lame), and the comic confuses issues, too.

  • Since it seems private corporations are now controlling school curriculums, why can't we get some cooler corporate interests involved? Where's Seargent Funbags from Playboy and Corporal Barley from Coors? Let's at least create some drones who know how to have a good time! Is that too much to ask? :)
  • by Beniamino ( 21297 ) on Friday June 02, 2006 @07:18PM (#15458839)
    Boing Boing helpfully points out [] (SFW) the similarity between the Captain Copyright logo and Slashdot regular (which I will not link).
    • does anyone else think that the logo similarity to the gaper is not accidental? I know if I was a bored illustrator/designer sitting around having to do asinine sites like captain copyright I would be tempted to add little extras like that.
  • I definitely may be wrong here (never been even close to Canada), but I believe the tax on blank media came out long before music downloads appeared in the radar. Sure, the tax is supposed to compensate for informal, personal copying, by providing some extra revenue to the artists (yeah, right, to the artists... mostly... somewhat... err...). However, I doubt the letter of the law mentions "downloading", which (in this "interesting" world we live in) may make quite a difference.
    • If it's anything like the tax in most European countries, it goes hand in hand with the regulation to allow personal copying (including sharing with friends) of songs (note: not software) you have a valid copy of yourself. A result of this is that this copying should at least approximately correspond to the actual sales, while it's quite obvious that downloads can vary far more, and it would therefore be far harder to create a distribution plan that would be "fair".
  • Funny. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by WhatAmIDoingHere ( 742870 ) * <> on Friday June 02, 2006 @07:20PM (#15458850) Homepage
    On their website, under "kids" I looked up the meanings of some words and phrases related to copyright. Guess what's missing from the list. I'll give you a hint, it starts with "Fair" and ends with "use"
  • Captain Copyright vs Captain Caveman
  • Infringing? (Score:5, Funny)

    by lexDysic ( 542023 ) on Friday June 02, 2006 @07:25PM (#15458884)
    As pointed out on Boing [] Boing [], Captain Copyright is apparently blessed with the power of copyright immunity. Text on his website appears to be directly lifted from Wikipedia, and of course much of the iconography has been around since before the Captain himself. Maybe the Captain's alter ego is a pirate? Arrrrrr...

    Think! It ain't illegal yet!
    George Clinton
  • Blank Media Levy (Score:4, Informative)

    by 0xA ( 71424 ) on Friday June 02, 2006 @07:25PM (#15458887)
    They also neglect to mention that Canadians pay a tax on blank media that is meant to compensate artists for downloads.

    This is incorrect, the blank media levy was designed to compensate artists for people copying CDs and other recordings. The "Download Question" was not seriously considered at the time the levy was introduced and it is a matter of opinion if it applies to downloads.

    • While correct, your phraseology could be misleading.

      By claiming it exists for the purpose of people copying CD's, etc, it can appear that this payment is justifying people making copies for purposes other than personal use. It is not.

      That is not to say that the levy's purpose is to cover personal use copying either, however... since that was already granted under Canadian copyright law.

      While indeed the levy exists to cover copying outside of personal use, it is NOT a justification of that action any

    • by plasmacutter ( 901737 ) on Friday June 02, 2006 @09:22PM (#15459529)
      It has been deemed legal by their lawmakers [] and courts [] and since the laws and court decisions have not changed/been overturned to make them illegal, this is simply false.

      screw these liars trying to pervert and poison the minds of impressionable youth! get it through your heads you greedy corps, it's not illegal in canada!, and the majority of the public doesn't consider it wrong where you've bought the laws making it illegal in other nations!
  • Captain Copyright has heroically announced he's suing /. for copyright violation, after the vicious plagiarizers failed to read his site's asinine legal disclaimer [] and reproduced his valuable intellectual property. Additionally, poster jgaynor [] will also be sued for talking shit about captain copyright AND linking to his site in the same paragraph. Think that last sentance was hyperbole? Think again:

    "permission to link is explicitly withheld from any website the contents of which may, in the opinion of the Access Copyright, be damaging or cause harm to the reputation of Access Copyright."

    Holy Nutsack Cap'n Copyright!

    More making fun of this ridiculous attempt at a valid legal statement here [] (disclaimer: not affiliated).

  • Link goes to a 5.05MB PDF. Sitting there downloading, I thought it must be pretty spiffy.
    Nope: 1 page black and white with about 8 lines of typing.
    Maybe the Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency needs a bandwidth tax, too.
  • ABC's of copyright []

    Err... that's a bit too wordy for kids, who probably wouldn't be reading about copyright law in that detail anyway. Also, I cannot help but notice that there are no A's or B's.

    Maybe it should have a section on how they can pirate stuff, that'd be more useful.
  • This might not be cool but that doesn't mean that stealing is.
  • by Elwood P Dowd ( 16933 ) <> on Friday June 02, 2006 @07:36PM (#15458965) Journal
    Q. What do you think Captain Copyright will say?
    A: "You can't draw a pony! It was my idea to draw a pony!"

    Copyright jackasses are marketting their kindergarten-level understanding of intellectual property to actual kindergarteners.

    Fuck you. My pony is better than your stupid pony.
  • In Canadian law it is incorrect to download a song unless you pay for it.
    Really? Its illegal to distribute songs online for free in Canada? What a sucky country.
  • Here are the answers to the Kids Quiz!!

    1. You wrote a poem for class. Do you have to register it with the Copyright Board of Canada for your poem to be protected by copyright law? NO!!

    2. Each province is covered by the same copyright law. True or false? TRUE!!

    3. Your friend got a computer game and you want to download it to your computer. Is this something you may do? NO!! (even if it's freeware or shareware!!)

    4. You framily has 3 computers in the house. When you get new software are you allowed to install
  • Why is it that Captain Copyright is looking off to the left in so many of these headshots? aspx []

  • by binkzz ( 779594 ) on Friday June 02, 2006 @07:43PM (#15459013) Journal
    "Yes - Once your poem is in a fixed and tangible form, you have copyright in your poem. You do not have to register your creation with the Copyright Board to have copyright."

    I'm sure kids will learn tons with these fun quizes and games.
  • Torrent? (Score:2, Funny)

    by Mooga ( 789849 )
    So who is going to pre-release a torrent of all the Captain Copyright Comics?
  • " iv. You are not permitted to copy or cut from any page or its HTML source code to the Windows(TM) clipboard (or equivalent on other platforms) onto any other website. " Intellectual Property Notice and Disclaimer []

    Captain C/The Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency,: Please do not sue me, but I copied and pasted the URL into the link above. If this is a violation, have the Swedish police sieze Slashdot's servers.

  • by buckhead_buddy ( 186384 ) on Friday June 02, 2006 @07:53PM (#15459088)
    The copyright on a number of songs first graders might still find entertaining have expired. Things like:
    • Old McDonald
    • I've Been Working on the Railroad
    • 99 Bottles of Beverage on the Wall
    • Ring Around the Rosie
    • She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain
    • and many, many more

    Yes, the performances of the songs may be copyrighted, but even that isn't a certainty. There is a Public Domain into which the performing artist may release their performance.

    If the tune, lyrics, and performance aren't protected intellectual property then the first grader should call the police and have Captain Copyright arrested for child molestation. Okay, there wasn't any sexual molestation involved, but a man in a skin tight costume who constantly barges in on first graders in their homes will have a very difficult time convincing a jury of that fact.

  • copyrights, as well as a trademark, I think this is a bad thing.

    Look, why won't Captain Copyright teach them about Fair Use, or the fact that colleges, schools, and universities are exempt from many copyright restrictions, or about public copyrights?

    Now, having actually travelled across Canada on a Canada Council Grant, as a playwright and author, I know where some of the money paid by the library system goes. I'm not against copyrights, but let's tell the truth, not a distorted pro-corporate version ...

  • They also neglect to mention that Canadians pay a tax on blank media that is meant to compensate artists for downloads.

    Not really. The tax is meant to cover copies made from legitimately obtained originals, as in when your friend loans you his CD or you borrow it from the library. In Canada it has been ruled that the blank media tax covers this and it's legal to copy the CD, whatever the RIAA or whomever may think. I don't think that the download case has been tested.

    I agree with the previous poster

  • What's next? The "Condom Crusader?" ...

    Oh. On second notice, I guess "Condom Crusader" came [] first [].
  • by foreverdisillusioned ( 763799 ) on Friday June 02, 2006 @08:10PM (#15459178) Journal
    Great. Now I've got this going through my head:







    "By your powers combined,
  • 00112 00456 06340 04056 00714
    00945 00223 07450 00645 41700
    00043 00019 00431 00077 38473
    89 89
  • by Just Some Guy ( 3352 ) <> on Friday June 02, 2006 @08:14PM (#15459204) Homepage Journal
    You get to vote [] on the best way to contact Captain Copyright. I voted to:
    From: root@localhost
    Subject: CC Vote - Post A Torrent And Follow The RIAA

    I vote to post a torrent of the paper, wait for the thugs at the RIAA to find it, then follow the hit van to their house.

    A few million similar votes should get the point across.

  • It's a waste of time not only for the obvious reason that kids would see right through this sort of crap as yet another wholly un-fun attempt at wrapping adult prohibitions in a cartoon package, but also for a less obvious reason. Teachers would never use it. I teach older kids myself, but I know quite a few elementary teachers and they're busy, busy people. These copyright goons seem to think that teachers have gaping holes in their classroom schedules that they're dying to fill. Hello? Accountability? Hig
  • "They also neglect to mention that Canadians pay a tax on blank media that is meant to compensate artists for downloads."

    The inaccuracy of the "...for downloads" portion has already been addressed, so I'll just point out that Slashdotters always neglect to mention that the levy goes only to Canadian artists. If you're Canadian and you're downloading music from US, Europe or elsewhere in the world, it's a misguided approach to assume that the blank media levy is compensating these artists whose work you

  • by n0alpha ( 686555 ) on Friday June 02, 2006 @08:27PM (#15459272)
    I am in awe that they have a 1 page PDF that takes up 5 megs, and despite it's title that would lead you to believe it contains Canadian Copyright laws, it actually doesn't reference any laws at all! If everyone downloads the PDF even once, we can Slashdot 'em pretty quickly! yrightLaws.pdf []
  • From their Terms of Use page:

    What you can do with the Materials: Authorization and Limited Licence Access Copyright grants you a limited, royalty-free, non-exclusive and non-transferable right and licence to view and display the Materials on your computer or network of computers within a single entity, and download and print the Materials for your own personal internal use or educational use in educational institutions located in Canada, subject to the following conditions

    i. You are not permitted

  • Seriously guys, someone out there has to be arty enough to create GNUman, with all the powers and bodily odour of....... a GNU. He'd show kids how great it is to publish their work under the GPL, and to practice fair use, and to contribute to OS projects that make the world a better, fluffier (and cheaper) place to live in.
  • I've not had the displeasure of sitting through this; they aim it at the younger grades (14, 15 years old). While the website for "Captain Copyright" emphasizes intellectual property rights, the in-class indoctrination mostly talks about not plagarizing, so at least at my school, I think fairly little harm is being done.

    Even better, I have heard many of my peers mocking "Captain Copyright" and many seemed quite well informed about the law concerning fair dealing and had strong opinions on why the curr

  • Character names (Score:3, Interesting)

    by shish ( 588640 ) on Friday June 02, 2006 @08:59PM (#15459454) Homepage
    An odd thing to spot, but I find it distracting that the bully is called Haskell (an alledgedly awesome programming language, that I've not had time to learn myself), and CC's scientist friend is called yuri (japanese for female / female reationships, often used online to mean "anime lesbian porn").

    Aside from that, the comic is rather lame -- it's so overdone, even a child should be able to detect the smell of propoganda...

  • by czarangelus ( 805501 ) <iapetus@gma i l .com> on Friday June 02, 2006 @10:22PM (#15459786)
    The best part is it's based on a fallacy to begin with. In the comic, the school bully comes, steals his artwork, and begins selling copies for a quarter in front of the teacher's lounge. In the case of file sharing, no money changes hands! What a bunch of horse crap.
    • If you could get your head out of your ass long enough to see something beyond file sharing, you'll discover that the site is about copyright infringement!

      It's shitty, deceitful, and amoral, but it's not exclusively obsessed with file sharing. Unlike you, apparently.

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