Intellectual Property in the Classroom

Tony Eaton Executive Director New Zealand Federation Against Copyright Theft

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MPA Member Companies
Buena Vista International, Inc. Paramount Pictures Corporation

Universal International Films, Inc.

Warner Bros. International Theatrical Distribution, Distribution

a division of Time Warner Entertainment Company, L.P.

Sony Pictures Releasing International Corporation
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Twentieth Century Fox International Corporation

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What is Piracy?
As per Section 131 of the Copyright Act anyone who makes, sells, hires, copies or distributes copyrighted materials without permission is committing an offence and liable to a prison term of 5 years or a maximum fine of up to $150,000
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What is Copyright?

Copyrights protect creativity
giving whoever creates an original work exclusive control over how that work is used and distributed

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What is being done?
Governments, copyright owners and the Motion Picture Association take a multi-pronged approach to fighting piracy, including

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Education Ensure movies are available legally Enforcement action Commercial lobbying – submissions re the new Copyright Amendment Bill
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Why shouldn’t you upload copyrighted media?
BECAUSE YOU RISK:  Breaking the law  Downloading a serious computer virus  Sharing your personal data, which can lead to identity theft  Getting exposed to pornographic materials  P2P applications require users to upload (often invisibly) content at the same time they are downloading which may be exposing themselves to criminal liability
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Schools and parents are in the best position to inform students of the importance of respecting copyright and valuing the creative effort invested in copyrighted works.

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Steps schools can take:

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• Institute “acceptable use” policies that clearly outline the appropriate use of school resources, including illegal filesharing and provide details on penalties.

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• Include information on copyright, piracy and illegal file-sharing in orientation materials.

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• Inform parents through letters and at orientation of the seriousness of copyright infringement and the penalties imposed, both legally and academically for violations.

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