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School of Law

International and comparative copyright law: copyright in the global village

Course Code:
15PLAC115
Unit value:
1
Taught in:
Full Year

This course aims to provide a comprehensive outline of copyright law in today’s world. Copyright is the branch of law that protect literacy, artistic, musical and dramatic works. 

The course is of a comparative nature: the UK has been chosen as the jurisdiction where copyright law originated; the USA as the major exporter and importer of works of authorship; France as the most influential jurisdiction of the droit d’auteur system of copyright and Egypt as a representative of the developing world. In respect of international legislation, since the Berne Convention and the WIPO Copyright Treaty represent the international standard par excellence for the protection of authorship, reference will be made frequently to the relevant provisions of these two international instruments. Similarly, essential references to other international instruments such as the WTO-TRIPS Agreement, the Rome Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organisation will be made. 

Students who have completed this course successfully should be able to deal with many of the important legal issues relating to copyright in a rapidly changing and globalising environment.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

This course aims to provide a comprehensive outline of copyright law in today’s world. Copyright is the branch of law that protects literary, artistic, musical and dramatic works. The course is of a comparative nature: the UK has been chosen as the jurisdiction where copyright law originated; the USA as the major exporter and importer of works of authorship and France as the most influential jurisdiction of the droit dâ'auteur system.

In respect of international legislation, since the Berne Convention and the WIPO Copyright Treaty represent the international standard par excellence for the protection of authorship, reference will be made frequently to the relevant provisions of these two international instruments. Similarly, essential references to other international instruments such as the WTO-TRIPS Agreement, the Rome Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations will be made. Students who have completed this course successfully should be able to deal with many of the important legal issues relating to copyright in a rapidly changing and globalizing environment.

Method of assessment

Assessment weighting: 100% unseen examination All coursework may be resubmitted