Boy Scouts get patches for not downloading

The PatchTag this under general WTF-ery. During slow news days, and you need to get stuff, you start looking for the weird. This bit of “news” basically ties in with anything relating to copyright, intellectual property rights, and piracy. That means this touches upon anything you download online, from game demos to and homebrew goodies… well sort of.

Get this: Boy Scouts in the Los Angeles area will now be able to earn a patch for learning about the evils of downloading pirated movies, music, and other material on the internet. What does the patch look like? Look at the image on the right.

The scouts will be instructed on the basics of copyright law and learn how to identify five types of copyright works and three ways copyrighted stuff can be stolen. Activities for the scouts include visiting a movie studio (to see how much money employees lose due to piracy) and creating public service announcements urging others to be good copyright observing people.

So will kids carrying PSPs that have questionable media in it or gamers with mod-chips in their consoles start saying “Run! Here comes the boy scouts!” …or something like that?

We know, we know, there are arguments as to whether or not things like mod-chips, hacks, emulations, homebrews, and even plain YouTube videos infringe on intellectual property rights. It just came to mind that given recent news – the ones about console companies filing lawsuits left and right on grounds of infringed intellectual property rights – perhaps instead of them spending money filing law suits, they could just send creepy Boy Scouts to the offending party to “weird them into submission.”

Ergh. We should stop eating bad pizza before. I’m ending this before anyone thinks I’m drunk.

Via Seattle PI

The PatchTag this under general WTF-ery. During slow news days, and you need to get stuff, you start looking for the weird. This bit of “news” basically ties in with anything relating to copyright, intellectual property rights, and piracy. That means this touches upon anything you download online, from game demos to and homebrew goodies… well sort of.

Get this: Boy Scouts in the Los Angeles area will now be able to earn a patch for learning about the evils of downloading pirated movies, music, and other material on the internet. What does the patch look like? Look at the image on the right.

The scouts will be instructed on the basics of copyright law and learn how to identify five types of copyright works and three ways copyrighted stuff can be stolen. Activities for the scouts include visiting a movie studio (to see how much money employees lose due to piracy) and creating public service announcements urging others to be good copyright observing people.

So will kids carrying PSPs that have questionable media in it or gamers with mod-chips in their consoles start saying “Run! Here comes the boy scouts!” …or something like that?

We know, we know, there are arguments as to whether or not things like mod-chips, hacks, emulations, homebrews, and even plain YouTube videos infringe on intellectual property rights. It just came to mind that given recent news – the ones about console companies filing lawsuits left and right on grounds of infringed intellectual property rights – perhaps instead of them spending money filing law suits, they could just send creepy Boy Scouts to the offending party to “weird them into submission.”

Ergh. We should stop eating bad pizza before. I’m ending this before anyone thinks I’m drunk.

Via Seattle PI

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