UCL FACULTY OF LAWS
Institute of Brand and Innovation Law

Institute of Brand and Innovation Law

CPD Course: The Law of Copyright and Designs

About this course:

This course explores in detail the law of copyright and designs in the United Kingdom and the European Union in relation to subject matter such as books, films, computer software, artistic works and performances. The course will focus on issues relating to acquisition of rights and also their infringement and enforcement. At the end of the course you will have:

  • A systematic understanding of the law of copyright and designs in respect of various subject matter such as books, films, computer software, artistic works and performances.
  • A critical awareness of the issues and difficulties relating to the acquisition of copyright and design rights, as well as their infringement and enforcement.
  • The ability to critically analyse and interpret relevant case law, legislation and academic literature in the field.

This course is held on Mondays from 12noon - 2pm
Taught by

  • Veronica Barresi (UCL)
  • John Philips (KCL)

Course Schedule

Introduction: Overview; justifications; The international & EC context
Historical and Economic Background; International Conventions; Impact of EC: harmonisation directives.
Subject Matter I
Copyright subsistence; Material form; Copyright works; Literary; Dramatic; Musical; Artistic; Typographical arrangements; Films; Sound Recordings; Broadcasts.
Subject Matter II
Copyright subsistence; Requirements for protection; Material form; Substantiality;
Copyright works; Literary; Dramatic; Musical; Artistic; Typographical arrangements; Films; Sound Recordings; Broadcasts. (Continued)
Originality
Qualification, Duration, Authorship and First Ownership
Qualifying Requirements; Joint authorship; Ownership; Duration regulations
Infringement: Economic Rights I
General Principles; Restricted Acts; Reproduction in different material form; Proof of
copying; Substantiality.
Infringement: Economic Rights II
Idea/expression dichotomy; Authorization & secondary liability; On whether use of
peer-to-peer software is an infringement. (Continued)
Defences
Temporary copies; Fair Dealing Exceptions: Research and Private Study; Criticism and Review; Reporting Current Events; Education; Libraries; Public Interest. Human Rights Act 1998 - freedom of expression?
Moral Rights
Overview; Right of paternity; Right of Integrity; Right to object to False Attribution.
Designs
Industrial designs;UK Unregistered design rights; Community unregistered design rights; Copyright protection.
Designs
Industrial designs; UK Registered design rights; Community Registered design rights

Download the Brochure for the UCL IBIL IP cpd courses for the 2011-12 session