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THE LAW OF COPYRIGHTS AND DESIGNS (LAWSG066) Credit value: 15 credits (6 ECTS)
Assessment method for LLM students: 2-hour unseen written examination
Assessment method for SIL students: 3,000 word coursework essay
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.
Lecture 1 (Week 1)
Overview; justifications; the international & EU context
Lecture 2 (Week 2)
Lecture: Subject Matter
Lecture 3 (Week 3)
Lecture 4 (Week 4)
Lecture 5 (Week 5)
Qualification, Duration, Authorship and First Ownership
Lecture 6 (Week 6)
Infringement: economic Rights (1)
Lecture 7 (Week 7)
Infringement: economic Rights (2)
Lecture 8 (Week 8)
Lecture 9 (Week 9)
Lecture 10 (Week 10)
Lecture 11 (Week 11)
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
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.