Copyright Education Foundation launched

Non-profit Alliance arm aimed at young Americans

NEW YORK -- The Copyright Alliance has launched the Copyright Alliance Education Foundation, a new non-profit charitable arm that will develop educational programs aimed at young Americans.

Among the Foundation's first projects that are already underway: development and distribution of a copyright curriculum for educators and a partnership with the West Potomac Academy of Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia to refine Alliance curriculum materials.

"Our nation has reaped the rewards both culturally and economically of the principle and practice of copyright," said Copyright Alliance executive director Patrick Ross. "Now, as a new generation of creators populates today's classrooms, we must ensure that principle is not taken for granted and continues to be a foundation for creative success."

Ross will serve as the Foundation's chairman. Its executive director is Gayle Osterberg, who helped establish the Alliance and has managed public relations and education projects for it.

The Alliance has already developed a pilot curriculum for teachers, entitled "Think First, Copy Later," that outlines a program designed to help librarians and media specialists answer questions and provide information about copyright in the classroom.

Schools including West Potomac Academy will provide more detailed feedback, and the Alliance plans to distribute the materials more broadly prior to the 2009-2010 school