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Postgraduate Course: Intellectual Property Law: Copyright and Related Rights (LAWS11258)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaLaw Other subject areaNone
Course website Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe purpose of this module is to consider the law relating to copyright, design right, competition law and performers' rights within their institutional setting at the international, European and national levels.

Recent years have witnessed an expansion in the scope of intellectual property rights. Having examined the institutional setting in which policy is formed, the reach and impact of these rights within individual territories will be analysed, as will the impact of European competition law on the exercise of these rights.

The teaching sessions will also highlight areas of particular topicality such as: moral rights; personality rights; and the interaction between copyright and the internet.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Please contact the distance learning team at
Additional Costs Students should have regular and reliable access to the Internet. Print consumables are recommended to provide hard copy of some on screen materials.
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information This course is taught by distance learning.
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 40, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 156 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
The aims of this module are to:

- Highlight the institutional framework in which policy is formulated and law developed in the areas of copyright and design rights and related rights
- Consider the impact of international and European policy making on the scope of these rights
- Explore how copyright, design rights and related rights may be infringed
- Consider the interests that the law protects and investigate the extent to which it is successful in balancing those interests.

By the end of this module, you should be able to:

- Appreciate the variety of institutions involved in the field of copyright and related rights and understand their role and functions in policy making
- Identify the rights in practice, explain their scope and indicate when and how those rights may be infringed
- Critically assess the development of the law and how changes affect different interests
- Explain current developments in the law and contribute in an informed manner to ongoing debate as to the proper role of these rights.
Assessment Information
One essay of up to 4,000 words (60%); one individual assignment (20%); contribution to weekly online discussions throughout the semester (20%). Requirements for all module assessment will be outlined to students within the individual modules at the start of each semester.
Special Arrangements
This course is taught by distance learning.
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus - Introduction to intellectual property law
- Copyright law
- Copyright protection & infringement
- Copyright & the internet
- Personality rights & performers' rights
- Registered designs
- Unregistered designs
- Competition law
- Database right
- Current issues in copyright
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMs Smita Kheria
Course secretaryMs Clare Polson
Tel: (0131 6)51 4411
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