Students Investigate Screen Piracy at Village Roadshow Studios

The first in the 2011 series of NOTHING BEATS THE REAL THING! Copyright and Creativity youth challenges has just been staged at Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast.

130 students from ten schools had a great day out – participating in this interactive program which challenged students to think about the sort of society they want to live in and to understand the implications of Screen Piracy upon that society. While most students (and teachers!) had at some time been ‘pirates’ themselves, they realised that there were considerable implications to their actions, and all agreed that it was a fair and proper civics and citizenship strategy to ‘just say NO.’ Mystery guests from a new upcoming TV series Lightning Point – young actresses, Philippa Coulthard and Lucy Fry along with Producer Stuart Wood and Assistant Producer Kristen Souvlis spoke to the students and teachers.

The day concluded with students role-playing their strategies to address the moral dilemma of screen piracy. The role-plays were fantastic and showed students clearly understood the ramifications of Screen Piracy and need for innovative strategies to change behaviour.

Other Challenges are scheduled for Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth. Watch the site for details – The 2011 program is sponsored by the Intellectual Property Awareness Foundation (IPAF).