Schools across the UK have been provided with teaching packs compiled by industry-backed charity Film Education in a bid to raise awareness of film theft, which cost the UK film industry $1.4 billion (£719m) in 2005.

The pack is aimed at 11 to 14-year-olds, a group that a Film Education study found not only lack understanding of copyright issues but who believe there is nothing wrong with piracy.

The Film Theft teaching pack will be sent to every secondary school in the UK, and contrasts footage from pirate copies and original material using clips from Pirates Of The Caribbean, King Kong and The Fast And The Furious to highlight the possible difference in quality. Downloadable worksheets and interactive material will help children understand the legalities of film piracy.

Ian Wall, director of Film Education, said: 'Pirated goods are often of inferior quality, lacking in bonus material and can damage the equipment they are played on. What is more, it is a myth that piracy is a victimless crime. The proceeds from pirate DVDs go towards violent crime. It is important that children, who our research shows are regular consumers of pirate DVDs, can at least make informed choices about what they watch. This campaign is not about what is right or wrong - it is about education and awareness. We have had positive feedback after piloting the teaching packs and we look forward to hearing more from young people and teachers alike.'