Watchdog delivers copyright messages through skit

A resounding "No!" echoed through the assembly hall as River Valley Primary pupils were asked during a skit: "Everything on the Internet is free, right?"

The performance, held by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (Ipos), aimed to spread several messages, including that permission must be sought and credit given for the use of copyright works.

Ipos launched the half-hour skit IP Expedition yesterday, which it plans to take to 150 primary schools by the end of next year. Some 37 schools have already signed up.

A greater emphasis on intellectual property in education is crucial as Singapore moves towards a knowledge economy, said Senior Minister of State for Law and Education Indranee Rajah in a speech.

"This makes the protection and exploitation of IP all the more relevant and important for our future growth," she added.

Ipos chief executive Tan Yih San said programmes are also being created for secondary and pre-university students to raise awareness on the subject, given the wealth of resources they have to put together creative works within a short time.

Pupils said the skit helped them relate to technical concepts taught in the classroom.

However Primary 6 pupil Faith Lek, 12, doubted the "one size fits all" approach would work. She said: "Some upper primary pupils may find the skit childish."

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