LLM Programme

The taught modules offered on the LLM programme vary from year to year. Please check the full list of taught modules list for details of modules running in specific academic years. We make every effort to ensure that every module will be offered, but modules are subject to change and cancellation. You are therefore advised to check this site regularly for further updates throughout the year preceding entry to the LLM programme.

Credit value: 15 credits (6 ECTS)
Module Convenor:
Veronica Barresi
Other Teachers:
Professor John Philips, King’s College London (KCL)
Mr Stephen Jones, Baker and McKenzie, Guest Lecturer
Intercollegiate teaching: Yes, this module is jointly taught with King’s College London (KCL)
Teaching Method: 11 x two-hour seminars - please note: as this module is jointly taught with King's College London, it will run during reading week
Who may enrol: LLM students
Prerequisites: None
Barred module combinations: None
Core module for specialism: Intellectual Property Law
Practice Assessment: to be confirmed
Assessment method for LLM students: 2-hour unseen written examination
Module Overview

Module summary

The aim of this module is to give students a detailed understanding of 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 module will focus on issues relating to acquisition of rights and also their infringement and enforcement.

Module syllabus

Lecture 1 (Week 1)
Overview; justifications; the international & EU context
No Tutorial

Lecture 2 (Week 2)
Lecture: Subject Matter
No Tutorial

Lecture 3 (Week 3)
Subject Matter
No Tutorial

Lecture 4 (Week 4)
Lecture: Originality
No Tutorial

Lecture 5 (Week 5)
Qualification, Duration, Authorship and First Ownership
Tutorial 1

Lecture 6 (Week 6)
Infringement: economic Rights (1)
No Tutorial

Lecture 7 (Week 7)
Infringement: economic Rights (2)
Tutorial 2

Lecture 8 (Week 8)
No Tutorial

Lecture 9 (Week 9)
Moral rights
Tutorial 3

Lecture 10 (Week 10)
Designs (1)
No Tutorial

Lecture 11 (Week 11)
Designs (2)
Tutorial 4

Recommended materials

L. Bently and B. Sherman, Intellectual Property Law (Oxford: OUP most, 2009) and/or W. Cornish, D. Llewelyn and T. Aplin Intellectual Property: Patents Copyright and Allied Rights

Preliminary reading

Spence, Justifying Copyright in McClean and Schubert (eds), Dear Images: Art, Copyright and Culture (Manchester, Ridinghouse, 2002), 389-403.

Other information: N/A
Prizes for this module: There are currently no prizes available for this module.


The application process for the 2014-15 academic session, for entry in September 2014, is now open.

Please refer to the How to apply section for information on the application process.