The Copyright Alliance has created a “charitable arm,” the Copyright Alliance Education Foundation. It “will develop educational programs aimed at helping America’s next generation of creators succeed.” CAEF also provides links to already existing “educational” materials on intellectual property law and promotes them for classroom use.
As an example, CAEF promotes the Electronic Software Association or ESA’s Join the ©Team curriculum, a set of materials that have been around for a few years now. While they are designed for elementary school kids, they are also a fun way for law students to discuss copyright and fair use, at least for a few minutes. I have used portions of the 4th and 5th grade materials in the discussion of copyright in my video game law seminar and may use the same materials in my intellectual property law survey course.
Here’s a problem from the curriculum materials for 4th and 5th graders about how to “copy right.” It’s accompanied by a picture of one boy giving a CD-ROM to another boy:
“Simon is giving Bob a copy of his class report on Harry Potter. What should he do to copy right?” (p. 19)
The answer, sort of, to this hypothetical is after the jump.