Where modules run over two terms as a 30 credit module, SIL students will attend and be assessed on the contents of term 1. Please note that some modules reflect this with an additional "A" in their module code, but this is not the case for all of them due to special assessment arrangements for SIL students.
All assessments are graded on a pass/fail basis.
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, Authoriship 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.