Law School Module Details

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Code LAW338
Coordinator Dr S Subramanian
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 6 FHEQ First Semester 15


Copyright legislation plays an important role in fostering cultural development as it provides an incentive for authors and the creative industries (film, music, publishing, software, games, etc.) to produce creative works. The digital era and the corresponding internet age however pose great challenges to the system of copyright law, especially in relation to infringement of copyright works online. This module will introduce students without a background in the law of intellectual property to the main features of the copyright system and will focus on UK copyright law as amended by the relevant EU directives and international agreements. Topics to be covered will include the history and evolution of copyright, copyright’s protected objects (‘works’) and subjects (authors, publishers and producers of works), the principles governing the ownership of copyright, and the nature and scope of the rights comprised in copyrights and the enforcement challenges arising f rom the emergence of sophisticated digital technologies.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Demonstrate knowledgeand understanding of the basic rules relating to copyright, designs andenforcement of intellectual property rights.

(LO2) Demonstrate detailed knowledge of and the ability to critically evaluate the law regarding the above mentioned intellectual property rights

(LO3) Appreciate the social context and underlying policy issues in this area of law and the influences they exert

(LO4) Show an awareness of the practical implications for individuals and corporations of the operation of the abovementioned intellectual property rights

(LO5) Research the relevant laws, electronically and on paper and present an effective argument, soundly based in critical analysis of the law in its social and policy context both orally and in writing

(LO6) Be able to complete specified tasks and case studies with minimal direction or input through formal instruction prior to preparing such tasks

(S1) Problem solving

(S2) Written communication

(S3) Conduct independent research

(S4) Communicate in legal terminology with care and accuracy

(S5) Critical analysis

(S6) Reflective learning

(S7) Communicate orally findings in solving case studies (problem questions)



Below is an indicative syllabus of topics:

Subject matter of copyright;
Criteria for protection;
Nature of the rights with a focus on reproduction right, distribution right and right of communication to the public;
Infringement: primary and secondary infringement;
Copyright in the digital age;
Database protection (sui generis);
Technological protection measures;
Enforcement of IP rights;
Copyright Exceptions and Limitations;
Liability of Online Intermediaries;
Copyright interactions with other areas of law; Copyright and Global Public Interests.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Patterns
Asynchronous materials to be used to deliver content – this will primarily be through several mini- recordings that cover ten lecture topics, supplemented by recordings that cover revision material - totalling at least 22 hours. The module proposes to frame some of the content in a way that supports decolonisation of the curriculum.

There will be 4 x 2hr synchronous sessions (seminars) which will run fortnightly. Five of the sessions will cover substantive content in the module (with each seminar covering materials from two lectures). There will be a focus on both essay type questions as well as problem solving/application skills type of questions and the final seminar will provide space for reflection, generic feedback on the formative essays and revision.

Module Delivery
This will be via a combination of asynchronous and synchronous sessions as above (i.e. Hybrid Active Learning).

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 22


Timetable (if known) 120 mins X 1 totaling 22
  120 mins X 1 totaling 8
Private Study 120


EXAM Duration Timing
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Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
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1. Component #1 – MCQ tests – In order to encourage students to include the reading of copyright caselaw – the module will include an MCQ test comprising of 10% of module mark comprising of ten       10       
2. Component #2 – Different set of skills are tested in the second component. The second component will be a 3000-word essay that will comprise of 90% of the module mark.  -3000 words    90       

Recommended Texts

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Other Staff Teaching on this Module

Dr BG Hanuz Law

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