Intellectual Property and Web Copyright Infringement – Legal English!


No one loves the internet more than me.  Of course, I also LOVE the law and teaching English!  So let’s have a little fun with this excerpt from an article by Jonathon Bick entitled, Web Copyright Infringement: An Emerging White Collar Crime.  (Published December 30, 2014 in Corporate Counsel).  Just click the links in the below paragraphs for definitions.

Both whitecollar criminal prosecution and civil remedies thwart the unauthorized use of copyrighted material. Traditionally, injunctions and damages are more commonly used than criminal prosecution to frustrate infringements. However, the increasing use of the Internet for infringement activities makes criminal sanctions a better deterrent than traditional civil actions, thus Internet copyright infringement is emerging as a whitecollar crime.

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The Players: Who are the People in the Courtroom? – Part 1

When I teach English to Lawyers, one of the first requests I always get is to review who the people are in a courtroom scenario. If you ever watch legal TV shows, you may already know most of the players.  Frankly, in the legal system, there are a lot of participants.  So learning the English names of these people is sometimes difficult because sometimes they are more advanced English terms due to the fact that their participation in the legal system is a little more complicated.  For example, in order to teach who an Appellant is requires some knowledge (by the instructor) of what the appeal system is.  It becomes even more complicated when we discuss the parties in pleadings like the Cross-Complaint.

If you are a beginner to Legal English, I have found a great webpage for you.  The page lists the basic parties to a law suit and the participants in the Court.  It provides a short vocabulary list with definitions, a vocabulary review (fill-in the blanks in a paragraph), and definitions for additional relevant terms.

So, if you are looking for practical definitions and usage of terms like:  defendant, prosecutor, jury, or deliberate, go ahead and click the link!  Learn the legal vocabulary and take the quiz!!

Easy ESL Sports Vocabulary

I created this beginner’s list of sports vocabulary.  It is a great introduction to American sports.

Just click the link below to access the pdf file:

Sports Flash Cards

The format with pics can be used to make flash cards or a matching game which will reinforce learning.

As a parent or a teacher, it is a useful tool!

Awesome learning tools for kids but useful for adults too!

Philadelphia Eagles Football Helmet


Coming soon audio to accompany the vocabulary list!


English and Turkish Words of the Day!

I really miss igoogle!  I used igoogle as my desktop – adding rss feeds for everything from news to recipes to shopping deals to friends’ blogs.  I also added widgets like accuweather and horoscopes.

I found a replacement for igoogle called ighome.  It works pretty well and gives me what I need.  Google’s loss!

I have added two great widgets to my front home page using ighome.  The first is Merriam-Webster’s English Word of the Day.   Once in a while I come across a word I don’t know.  But I find it a great tool for those of you studying English!  It also has an icon to click so one can hear the word pronounced.

Today’s English word:

1 : conceited and overconfident of knowledge but poorly informed and immature
2 : of, relating to, or characteristic of a sophomore
I also added a widget from Transparent Language for the Turkish Word of the Day.  I just love it although I find it hard to keep up!
Today’s Turkish word:
English translation:  to block
Part of speech:  verb
Turkish example:  Beni Twitter’da neden engelledin arkadaşım?
English example:  Why’d you block me on Twitter, friend?
Click the above links to set your desktop to ighome too and add these great widgets too!