What About Copyrights?

News reporter gets the wrong problem when reporting on the firing of a teacher for showing a bootleg copy of The Simpsons Movie to young students.

The complaint is that showing a PG-13 film to 3d-5th graders is inappropriate. Nothing is said about how showing a bootleg of such a film is inappropriate. In my not so humble opinion, the latter is the worse offense. The rating system is private, voluntary, and pretty arbitrary. The film might well be just fine for children in a supervised classroom setting. Copyrights, however, are the law. Teachers should be fired for infringing copyrights in the classroom before we even get to the question of whether the material was age-appropriate.

Tom G Varik