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Copyright Infringement

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People oftentimes pour heart and soul into the creation of books, movies, music, and photos. Each work, no matter the skill of its execution, represents some quality of its creator. It may be professional knowledge, as in a textbook. It may be an emotion or feeling, as in music. It may be a personal experience, as in a novel. All the time, effort, and energy deserve compensation and recognition.

Copyright infringement blatantly ignores ownership rights. Although many individuals remain relatively unconcerned, others cry foul when someone uses their work without permission. And with the Internet, it's child's play to grab material from one of a million sites and not get caught. Most vexing is when the theft results in profits, as when pictures are stolen from blogs and elsewhere to be used on products. As infringement is unfair, action must be taken to halt such criminal actions.


Preview the lesson material:

Warm Up: Discuss the question with your partner for five minutes.

  1. What do you know about copyrights?

Comprehension Questions: Answer the questions before/after your read the article.

  1. The skill of the book written, the music made, or the photo taken matters.  T / F
  2. Copyright infringement doesn't recognize the true owner of a book, movie, etc.  T / F
  3. It isn't so easy to steal work on the Internet these days.  T / F
  4. Action will soon be taken to stop copyright infringement.  T / F

Discuss: Discuss these questions with a partner. Remember to support your answers.

  1. What would you do if you saw a photo that you took on a T-shirt? On a magazine cover?
  2. Some people believe the Internet, and its contents, should be free to all. Do you agree?
  3. What sort of punishment should there be for copyright infringement? Please explain.

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