As quoted in:
Cavanagh, Sean. “How Did ‘Copyright Piracy’ Language Get Into ESSA, the K-12 Law?” EdWeek Market Brief. 11 August 2017.
Doug Levin, the president of a consulting organization EdTech Strategies, said he supports introducing students to rules surrounding intellectual property and copyright. But he also believes that K-12 schools are generally more aware of copyright rules and more committed to following them than industry groups acknowledge.
The main thrust of the ESSA language on copyright piracy, Levin speculated, is not designed to change behavior in school buildings at all, but rather to discourage illicit copying of music, movies and games in home environments—which amounts to “much bigger business than educational publishing.”
Too often industry groups have gone over the top in casting copyright piracy as “the scourge of everything,” said Levin, the former executive director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association.
Practically speaking, Levin didn’t think there’s any way to enforce the ESSA language on copyright piracy, even if anyone wanted to. But that doesn’t mean it belongs in the law to begin with, he said.
“It’s a very powerful lobby, and they were successful in getting it into the bill,” he said, but “it feels a little like a crass attempt to effect a[n unrelated] policy aim through schools.”