The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has had a rough year, what with the documentary This Film Is Not Yet Rated exposing the long and confusing process of movie ratings and, more importantly, the problem of piracy isn't going away anytime soon. In 2005, the MPAA claimed a loss of $18.2 billion because of piracy. As a result the laws are getting tougher and the MPAA has launched a variety of 'education' initiatives to help out their cause.

Enter one of the more bizarre pairings of the last little while -- and I thought the DVD sniffing-dogs were a stretch. An article in Yahoo! movies has reported that the MPAA has partnered with the Boyscouts of America to create a program where scouts can earn anti-piracy badges--well we've come a long way from whittling haven't we? The program was launched with the Los Angeles Scouts where scouts learn the basics of copyright law and also includes visiting movie studios and making anti-piracy public service announcements--like the Ben Affleck ones weren't bad enough. So will boyscouts and DVD-sniffing dogs finally stamp out piracy? Doubtful, but what can they do with a growing audience that really doesn't care how they get the latest movie; just as long as they don't have to pay $12.95 for it.

[via Yahoo! Movies]