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Megaupload boss pleads innocence
23rd January, 2012
http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/1201/120123-megaupload.html

Contents
The Article Warm ups Before Reading / Listening While Reading / Listening Listening Gap Fill After Reading / Listening Student Survey Discussion Language Work Writing Homework Answers
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Congress about new laws to protect intellectual copyright. Police had to cut Dotcom out of a hidden room he had locked himself in.html The founder of the file-sharing website megaupload.com/1201/120123-megaupload. They also found a loaded gun in his house. with license plates including "HACKER". Megaupload's lawyer said his client simply offered an online storage service. His arrest coincides with a heated debate in the U. Kim Dotcom is a German national who now lives in a huge mansion amid sprawling grounds in New Zealand. told a New Zealand court that authorities were doing their best to portray him as a dangerous criminal. "STONED" and "KIMCOM".BreakingNewsEnglish. The Wikipedia website had earlier gone offline for 24 hours in protest at the proposed legislation. They say he made $175 million by distributing copyrighted content. He and three others were arrested on Friday at the request of the FBI. called the Stop Online Piracy Act. Police confiscated 18 luxury cars from Mr Dotcom.THE ARTICLE From http://www. and the Protect Intellectual Property Act.S. Kim Dotcom.” Authorities in the USA want to extradite Dotcom on charges of abusing intellectual copyright by allowing millions of his site’s users to illegally download movies and songs.com .BreakingNewsEnglish.Copyright Sean Banville 2012 2 . aka Kim Schmitz. His lawyer Paul Davison said: “Mr Dotcom emphatically denies any criminal misconduct or wrongdoing. "MAFIA". Megaupload boss pleads innocence – 23rd January. 2012 More free lessons at www.com has plead not guilty to charges of Internet piracy and money laundering.

decide which of these topics or words from the article are most interesting and which are most boring. 2012 More free lessons at www. 3. movies… Searching the Internet Creating things 6. Change topics and partners frequently. Students B strongly believe there’s everything illegal about it. Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together. Megaupload boss pleads innocence – 23rd January. FILE SHARING: 2. PIRACY: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word ‘piracy’.10 Why? 4.WARM-UPS 1. Sit with your first partner(s) and share your findings. 5. FILE-SHARING: Students A strongly believe there’s nothing illegal about it.Copyright Sean Banville 2012 3 . In pairs / groups. Change partners and share what you wrote.BreakingNewsEnglish. • • • • Online gaming Storing photos.What is and isn’t illegal? Complete this table with your partner(s). songs.com . founder / not guilty / authorities / criminal / extradite / download movies / copyright / huge mansion / arrested / heated debate / offline / protest / loaded gun / luxury cars Have a chat about the topics you liked. ILLEGAL: From 0 (legal) – 10 . COMPUTERS: • • • • Word processing E-mail Video chat File sharing What’s best about them? Rank them and share your rankings with your partner. CHAT: Walk around the class and talk to other students about file sharing. Legal? / Illegal? Downloading movies Not returning library books Speeding Keeping taxable income secret Photocopying part of a book Punching someone 0 . put the words into different categories. Change partners and share your rankings again. Change partners again and talk about your conversations. Change partners often. Put the best at the top. Change and share again.

The FBI in the USA do not want to talk to Kim Dotcom. 2 3. b. f. b. 5. storage service gun copyright of the FBI debate sharing website plates national not guilty a dangerous criminal charges of abusing intellectual offered an online a German at the request a heated a loaded license Megaupload boss pleads innocence – 23rd January.BreakingNewsEnglish. 8.com/1201/120123-megaupload. 6. Police found a gun in Mr Dotcom’s house with no bullets in it. d. 7. 8. Guess if a. 5. i. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. PHRASE MATCH: 1. The founder of the fileplead portray him as (Sometimes more than one choice is possible. f. f. 6. h. c. h. e. 1. 4.) a. 2. b.. 10. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.BEFORE READING / LISTENING From http://www. d. The website Wikipedia said it fully supported Mr Dotcom’s actions. i. Mr Dotcom’s lawyer said his client only provides online storage. 9. 7. founder aka portray content simply national amid debate proposed confiscated a. g. c. 2 3.BreakingNewsEnglish. d. a-h below are true (T) or false (F).com says he has done nothing wrong. Kim Dotcom is not a citizen of New Zealand. 10. j. Authorities in the USA want to extradite Kim Dotcom to New Zealand. depict just suggested citizen argument creator removed material in the middle of also known as 3. 9.Copyright Sean Banville 2012 4 . e. e. The guy says the government is trying to frame him as a wrongdoer. c. 2012 More free lessons at www. T/F T/F T/F T/F T/F T/F T/F T/F The boss of megaupload.html 1. j. h.com . g. g. 4.

com/1201/120123-megaupload. His lawyer Paul Davison said: “Mr Dotcom emphatically (4) ____________ any criminal misconduct or wrongdoing.S. They also found a (15) ____________ gun in his house. 2012 More free lessons at www. Congress about new laws to (12) ____________ intellectual copyright.html GAP FILL: The Put the words into the gaps in the text. told a New Zealand court that authorities were doing their best to (3) ____________ him as a dangerous criminal. "MAFIA". called the Stop Online Piracy Act.WHILE READING / LISTENING From http://www. "STONED" and "KIMCOM".com has plead not guilty to (2) ____________ of Internet piracy and money laundering.” Authorities in the USA want to (5) ____________ Dotcom on charges of (6) ____________ intellectual copyright by allowing millions of his site’s users to (7) ____________ download movies and songs. The Wikipedia website had earlier gone offline for 24 hours in protest at the (13) ____________ legislation. His arrest coincides with a heated debate in the U. Megaupload's lawyer said his client simply offered an online (8) ____________ service. Megaupload boss pleads innocence – 23rd January. Kim Dotcom.BreakingNewsEnglish. Police (16) ____________ 18 luxury cars from Mr Dotcom. Police had to cut Dotcom out of a (14) ____________ room he had locked himself in. aka Kim Schmitz.com . They say he made $175 million by distributing copyrighted content. of the file-(1) ____________ website portray illegally extradite sharing storage charges denies abusing founder megaupload. Kim Dotcom is a German (9) ____________ who now lives in a huge mansion amid sprawling (10) ____________ in New request loaded protect grounds confiscated national proposed hidden Zealand. and the Protect Intellectual Property Act. He and three others were arrested on Friday at the (11) ____________ of the FBI.Copyright Sean Banville 2012 5 . with license plates including "HACKER".BreakingNewsEnglish.

BreakingNewsEnglish.S.” Authorities in the USA want to extradite Dotcom on charges of abusing intellectual _______________________ millions of his site’s users to illegally download movies and songs.html _______________________-sharing website megaupload. "MAFIA". and the Protect Intellectual Property Act. "STONED" and "KIMCOM". with license plates including "HACKER". They say he made $175 million by distributing copyrighted content.LISTENING – The Listen and fill in the gaps From http://www. He and three others were arrested on Friday at the request of the FBI. Police had to cut Dotcom out of a hidden room he had locked himself in. told a New Zealand court that authorities were doing _______________________ him as a dangerous criminal. _______________________ a heated debate in the U.BreakingNewsEnglish.Copyright Sean Banville 2012 6 . His lawyer Paul Davison said: “Mr Dotcom emphatically denies any criminal _______________________.com has plead not guilty to charges of Internet piracy _______________________. called the Stop Online Piracy Act. Megaupload's lawyer said his client simply offered _______________________ service. The Wikipedia website had _______________________ for 24 hours in protest at _______________________. They also found a _______________________ his house. Megaupload boss pleads innocence – 23rd January. aka Kim Schmitz. Kim Dotcom.com . Congress about new laws to protect intellectual copyright.com/1201/120123-megaupload. 2012 More free lessons at www. Police _______________________ cars from Mr Dotcom. Kim Dotcom is a German national who now lives in a huge mansion _______________________ in New Zealand.

information. worth learning…? 4. In groups.BreakingNewsEnglish.AFTER READING / LISTENING From http://www. try to recall how they were used in the text: • • • • • • founder money USA abusing movies online • • • • • • huge request heated offline loaded plates Megaupload boss pleads innocence – 23rd January. other meanings. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text. 2012 More free lessons at www. compare your answers to this exercise.Copyright Sean Banville 2012 7 . Were they new. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates. Check your answers.BreakingNewsEnglish. Talk about the words from the activity. Ask your partner / group your questions.com/1201/120123-megaupload.com . file share • • • Share your findings with your partners. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. synonyms … for the words ‘file’ and ‘share’. Make questions using the words you found. 3. pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings. With your partner.html 1. 2. • • Share your questions with other classmates / groups. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups. 5. Ask your partner / group your questions. interesting.

Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished.Copyright Sean Banville 2012 8 .FILE SHARING SURVEY From http://www.com . STUDENT 1 _____________ Q.1. interview other students.BreakingNewsEnglish. Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings. Q. 2012 More free lessons at www.BreakingNewsEnglish. Write down their answers.2. Q.com/1201/120123-megaupload. Q. • • Now return to your original partner and share and talk about what you found out.4.5. STUDENT 2 _____________ STUDENT 3 _____________ Q. Do this in pairs.html Write five GOOD questions about file sharing in the table. Megaupload boss pleads innocence – 23rd January.3. Change partners often.

application… was protected by intellectual copyright laws? Should Mr Dotcom sue the authorities for portraying him in a bad light? Are file-sharing sites simply online storage services? Could file sharing eventually kill the music and movie industries? Megaupload boss pleads innocence – 23rd January.BreakingNewsEnglish. 2012 More free lessons at www.Copyright Sean Banville 2012 9 .BreakingNewsEnglish.com ----------------------------------------------------------------------------FILE SHARING DISCUSSION STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A) a) b) c) d) e) f) g) h) i) j) Did you like reading this article? Is Mr Dotcom a hero or villain? Would you be bothered if someone found a way to make us pay for everything we download? What would you say to an artist losing money because of file sharing? What is intellectual property? What do you think will happen to Mr Dotcom? What do you hope will happen to Mr Dotcom? Have you ever downloaded something you shouldn’t have? What questions would you like to ask Mr Dotcom? What do you think his answers might be to those questions? Megaupload boss pleads innocence – 23rd January. 2012 More free lessons at www.FILE SHARING DISCUSSION STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B) a) b) c) d) e) f) g) h) i) j) What did you think when you read the headline? What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘upload’? What do you think of downloading movies and music? Do you think Mr Dotcom is guilty or not guilty? How bad do you think Internet piracy is? What should the punishment be for people who download a movie that is copyright protected? Can people say they are innocent because they did not know the movie.com . song.

Police had to cut Dotcom out of a hidden room he had locked himself in. called the Stop Online Piracy Act. 6. aka Kim Schmitz. They also found a (11) ____ gun in his house.BreakingNewsEnglish. 8. and the Protect Intellectual Property Act. Kim Dotcom is a German (7) ____ who now lives in a huge mansion amid sprawling grounds in New Zealand.com . The Wikipedia website had (10) ____ gone offline for 24 hours in protest at the proposed legislation. (a) (a) (a) (a) (a) (a) (a) (a) (a) (a) (a) (a) non washing portray attempts at glad border at from earlier load confiscating (b) (b) (b) (b) (b) (b) (b) (b) (b) (b) (b) (b) no laundering portal pushes of insides national of with earliest loads confiscation (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) (c) not airing porter evaluates by content human is at early loading confiscate (d) (d) (d) (d) (d) (d) (d) (d) (d) (d) (d) (d) never drying port denies from materialism German so as earlyish loaded confiscated Megaupload boss pleads innocence – 23rd January. His arrest coincides (9) ____ a heated debate in the U. told a New Zealand court that authorities were doing their best to (3) ____ him as a dangerous criminal. He and three others were arrested on Friday (8) ____ the request of the FBI. 12. His lawyer Paul Davison said: “Mr Dotcom emphatically (4) ____ any criminal misconduct or wrongdoing. Megaupload's lawyer said his client simply offered an online storage service. 7. Put the correct words from the table below in the above article. "MAFIA".com/1201/120123-megaupload.” Authorities in the USA want to extradite Dotcom on charges of abusing intellectual copyright (5) ____ allowing millions of his site’s users to illegally download movies and songs. 9. Congress about new laws to protect intellectual copyright. 2012 More free lessons at www.html The founder of the file-sharing website megaupload. 10. Police (12) ____ 18 luxury cars from Mr Dotcom. 11. 1.Copyright Sean Banville 2012 10 . 3.com has plead (1) ____ guilty to charges of Internet piracy and money (2) ____. They say he made $175 million by distributing copyrighted (6) ____. "STONED" and "KIMCOM".BreakingNewsEnglish. with license plates including "HACKER".S. Kim Dotcom. 5.LANGUAGE – MULTIPLE CHOICE From http://www. 2. 4.

Copyright Sean Banville 2012 11 .com/1201/120123-megaupload. Correct your partner’s paper.WRITING From http://www.html Write about file sharing for 10 minutes.BreakingNewsEnglish. 2012 More free lessons at www. _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ Megaupload boss pleads innocence – 23rd January.com .BreakingNewsEnglish.

Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).com. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about file sharing. MEGAUPLOAD: Write a magazine article about Megaupload. 3.BreakingNewsEnglish.HOMEWORK 1. 5. Your partner(s) will answer your questions. FILE SHARING: Make a poster about file sharing. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against it.Copyright Sean Banville 2012 12 . Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Ask him/her three questions about file sharing.com . 2012 More free lessons at www. Give him/her three of your opinions. 2. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Megaupload boss pleads innocence – 23rd January. LETTER: Write a letter to an Internet expert. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Did you all have similar things? 4.

His lawyer Paul Davison said: “Mr Dotcom emphatically (4) denies any criminal misconduct or wrongdoing.d 12 . 4. aka Kim Schmitz. e.ANSWERS TRUE / FALSE: a. He and three others were arrested on Friday at the (11) request of the FBI. c. g.d Megaupload boss pleads innocence – 23rd January. 7. sharing website not guilty a dangerous criminal copyright storage service national of the FBI debate gun plates GAP FILL: Megaupload boss pleads innocence The founder of the file-(1) sharing website megaupload. Police (16) confiscated 18 luxury cars from Mr Dotcom. T c. F g. Kim Dotcom is a German (9) national who now lives in a huge mansion amid sprawling (10) grounds in New Zealand. 2012 More free lessons at www. 8. founder aka portray content simply national amid debate proposed confiscated a. b. i. e. His arrest coincides with a heated debate in the U. 8. 10. Congress about new laws to (12) protect intellectual copyright. g. f. j.S. d. 7. Megaupload's lawyer said his client simply offered an online (8) storage service. F d. Police had to cut Dotcom out of a (14) hidden room he had locked himself in. with license plates including "HACKER". 2 3.com . 6. LANGUAGE WORK 1-c 2-b 3-a 4-d 5-c 6-c 7-b 8-a 9-b 10 . creator also known as depict material just citizen in the middle of argument suggested removed PHRASE MATCH: 1. F SYNONYM MATCH: 1. They say he made $175 million by distributing copyrighted content. "MAFIA". T e. called the Stop Online Piracy Act. T b. 10. The founder of the fileplead portray him as charges of abusing intellectual offered an online a German at the request a heated a loaded license a. j. T f. d. 6. 5. c. f. 2 3.Copyright Sean Banville 2012 13 .” Authorities in the USA want to (5) extradite Dotcom on charges of (6) abusing intellectual copyright by allowing millions of his site’s users to (7) illegally download movies and songs. told a New Zealand court that authorities were doing their best to (3) portray him as a dangerous criminal. h. and the Protect Intellectual Property Act. 4.BreakingNewsEnglish. 5. F h. i. The Wikipedia website had earlier gone offline for 24 hours in protest at the (13) proposed legislation. h. "STONED" and "KIMCOM". 9. 9.a 11 .com has plead not guilty to (2) charges of Internet piracy and money laundering. They also found a (15) loaded gun in his house. Kim Dotcom. b.