They sat in rows on a gymnasium floor, twirling their pigtails and tugging their Pokeman sweatshirts as Dudas warned them not to steal music on the Internet. The crowd of second- through fifth-graders at Westwood Elementary School in Bloomington was well-prepared for the visit, having earlier watched an anti-piracy video provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce.Link. Image: Jim Gehrz, Star Tribune. (thanks donnie)
Theft of intellectual property, on the Internet and elsewhere, costs U.S. businesses as much as $250 billion a year, Dudas said.
"You wouldn't take a CD off the shelf without paying for it," Dudas said, pretending to hide a CD inside his suit coat. "And you shouldn't get music on the Internet without paying for it."
Boing Boing editor/partner and tech culture journalist Xeni Jardin hosts and produces Boing Boing's in-flight TV channel on Virgin America airlines (#10 on the dial), and writes about living with breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2011. @xeni on Twitter. email: email@example.com.