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Be Prepared

A Boy Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.

And oh yeah, he doesn't illegally download movies -- at least not in Los Angeles.

Defamer reports that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has sponsored a new "Respecting Copyrights" merit badge for local L.A. scout troops.  This latest potential addition to the uniform will no doubt prove controversial; presumably Richard Stallman already has a Copyleft badge in the works.  Or else has concluded that "we don't need no stinking badges."  (OK, you knew that was coming somewhere.)

The merit badge, however, is only the latest salvo in the copyright propaganda education wars.  Let's face it, most golden oldies and boomers aren't downloading, and Gen X and especially Gen Y are children of the Napster years.  But the hearts and minds of the world's youth are theoretically still up for grabs.  Why else would distinguished law profs be writing comic books about fair use or WIPO soliciting paintings by Chinese children to celebrate World Intellectual Property Day

What's next?  Crib mobiles with colorful copyright and trademark symbols?