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TASKS FOR THE ARTICLE

Ex.1. ONLINE PIRACY: Students talk about the online piracy in pairs and share

their findings.

Ex.2. CHAT: In pairs/groups, decide which of these topics or words from the

article are most interesting and which are most boring.

Intellectual / property / prominent / Wikipedia / piracy / web browser / copyright / doubtful / senators / entertainment / industries / entrepreneurs / economic growth

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

Ex.3. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners and share what you wrote. Change and share again.

Copyrighted How bad is pirating it? How do we protect them?
songs    
movies    
software    
books    
games    
operating systems    

Ex.4. ONLINE PIRACY:Students A strongly believe it cannot be stopped;

Students B strongly believe it can. Change partners again and talk about your

conversations.

Ex.5. INTERNET:What are the worst things about the Internet? Rank them and share your rankings with your partner. Put the best at the top. Change partners and share your rankings again.

  • piracy
  • identity theft
  • losing passwords
  • pop-ups
  • phishing
  • cyber-bullying
  • spam mail
  • other _______________

Ex.6. COPYRIGHT:Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word ‘copyright’. Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

Ex.7. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

a. A bill has been announced in the U.S. to protect online pirates. T / F
b. Several famous websites protested against piracy. T / F
c. The eBay site switched off for 24 hours to protest. T / F
d. Many credit card services are being targeted as being pirates. T / F
e. The anti-piracy bill doesn’t have a good chance of being passed. T / F
f. Internet site owners believe an anti-piracy bill would be censorship. T / F
g. 1,200 tech executives signed a letter to the U.S. Congress. T / F
h. Wikipedia said on its website that it hasn’t finished protesting. T / F

Ex.8. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

1. prominent a. law
proposed b. offenders
3. legislation c. unsure
4. allow d. mistreat
5. abuse e. worries
6. doubtful f. leading
7. crucial g. let
8. violators h. states
9. concerns i. vital
10. declares j. suggested

Ex.9. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

1. Several prominent a. browser
protest against the proposed anti- b. done yet
3. owner of the Firefox web c. abuse copyright
4. would allow U.S. copyright holders d. websites
5. Sites that e. piracy legislation
6. It is now f. violators
7. copyright g. without free knowledge
8. hurt economic growth and h. to get court orders
9. We're not i. doubtful
10. imagine a world j. chill innovation

Ex.11.GAP FILL: Put the words into the gaps in the text.



Several (1) ___ websites like Wikipedia and Reddit went 'dark' on Wednesday to protest against the (2) ____ anti-piracy legislation called SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act). Many other sites (3) ___ SOPA but did not “go dark” in Wednesday’s 24-hour protest. These include Mozilla (owner of the Firefox web (4) ____), Facebook, eBay and Google. A similar bill in the US Senate, the Protection of Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) would allow U.S. copyright holders to get (5) ___ orders against foreign websites that steal from them. Sites that (6) __ copyright would not be able to use many online advertising networks or credit card services. It is now (7) __ the bill will get the support of the sixty senators it needs in a crucial (8) ___on Tuesday, January 24th. doubtful proposed court vote prominent oppose abuse browser
The entertainment, pharmaceutical and fashion industries (9) ___support the bills. They lose billions of dollars every year to (10) ___ violators. Internet companies oppose the bills, saying they will lead to (11) ___ that would damage the Internet by discouraging new online (12) ___-ups. A letter to Congress signed by 130 technology entrepreneurs and executives (13) ___ their concerns. It said SOPA and PIPA would "hurt economic growth and (14) ___ innovation in legitimate services that help people create, communicate, and make money online". Wikipedia has said it would continue the fight. It (15) ___ on its front page: "We're not done yet." It also said: “More than 162 million people saw our message asking if you could imagine a world (16) ____ free knowledge.” chill strongly censorship expressed start copyright without declares

Ex.12. READING:Read and fill in the gaps

___ like Wikipedia and Reddit went 'dark' on Wednesday to protest against the ___ legislation called SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act). Many other sites oppose SOPA but did not “go dark” in Wednesday’s 24-hour protest. These include Mozilla (___ web browser), Facebook, eBay and Google. A similar bill in the US Senate, the Protection of Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) would allow U.S. ____ get court orders against foreign websites that steal from them. Sites that abuse copyright would not be able to use many ___ or credit card services. It is now doubtful the bill will get the support of the sixty senators it needs ___ on Tuesday, January 24th.

The entertainment, pharmaceutical and fashion ____ the bills. They lose billions of dollars every year to copyright violators. Internet companies oppose the bills, saying they will ____ that would damage the Internet by discouraging new online start-ups. A letter to Congress signed by 130 technology entrepreneurs and executives ____ . It said SOPA and PIPA would "hurt economic growth and chill innovation in legitimate services that ____ , communicate, and make money online". Wikipedia has said it would continue the fight. It ___ page: "We're not done yet." It also said: “More than 162 million people saw our message asking if you could imagine a world ____.”

Ex.13. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates,

other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words ‘online’ and ‘piracy’.

online piracy
  • Share your findings with your partners.
  • Make questions using the words you found.
  • Ask your partner / group your questions.

Ex.14. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

  • Share your questions with other classmates / groups.
  • Ask your partner / group your questions.

Ex.15. GAP FILL:In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise.

Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new,

interesting, worth learning…?

Ex.16. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

Ex.17. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

  • several
  • anti-
  • 24
  • similar
  • orders
  • services
  • support
  • vote
  • lead
  • expressed
  • continue
  • free

Ex.18. ONLINE PIRACY SURVEY:

Write five GOOD questions about online piracy in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. Change the partner.

  • Now return to your original partner and share and talk about what you found out. Change partners often.
  • Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.

Ex.19. ONLINE PIRACY DISCUSSION:

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

a) What did you think when you read the headline?
b) What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘piracy’?
c) What do you think about what you read?
d) Do you think intellectual copyright should be protected?
e) Do you ever download things that you shouldn’t?
f) If no one pays for music, games and movie, people won’t make them, or won’t make them as good. What do you think of this?
g) Do you think SOPA and PIPA will get passed?
h) What do you think of Wikipedia’s action in “going dark” for 24 hours?
i) What punishment should sites that host or share pirated stuff?
j) What do you think of the closure of the site Megaupload.com?

STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

a) Did you like reading this article?
b) It is likely the actions of Internet companies like Wikipedia will defeat the bills in Congress. Is this kind of power in the hands of sites good?
c) How can the entertainment and fashion industries better protect their copyrighted material (movies, songs, etc.)?
d) What punishment should be given to copyright violators?
e) So many people nowadays think downloading is a way of life and don’t see the illegality of it. Is it too late to go back?
f) Would a bill protecting intellectual copyright lead to greater censorship?
g) Would the proposed bills “hurt economic growth and chill innovation”?
h) Is charging 99 cents for songs and similalry low prices the way to go ?
i) What would a world without free knowledge be like?
j) What questions would you like to ask Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia’s boss?

Ex.20. LANGUAGE – MULTIPLE CHOICE:

Several (1) ____ websites like Wikipedia and Reddit went 'dark' on Wednesday to protest against the (2) ____ anti-piracy legislation called SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act). Many other sites (3) ____ SOPA but did not “go dark” in Wednesday’s 24-hour protest. These include Mozilla (owner of the Firefox web browser), Facebook, eBay and Google. A (4) ____ bill in the US Senate, the Protection of Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) would allow U.S. copyright holders to get court orders against foreign websites that steal (5) ____ them. Sites that abuse copyright would not be able to use many online advertising networks or credit card services. It is now doubtful the bill will get the support of the sixty senators it needs in a (6) ____ vote on Tuesday, January 24th.

The entertainment, pharmaceutical and fashion industries (7) ____ support the bills. They lose billions of dollars every year to copyright violators. Internet companies oppose the bills, saying they will lead (8) ____ censorship that would damage the Internet by discouraging new online (9) ____-ups. A letter to Congress signed by 130 technology entrepreneurs and executives expressed their concerns. It said SOPA and PIPA would "hurt economic growth and (10) ____ innovation in legitimate services that help people create, communicate, and make money online". Wikipedia has said it would continue the fight. It (11) ____ on its front page: "We're not done yet." It also said: “More than 162 million people saw our message asking if you could imagine a world without (12) ____ knowledge.”


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