I Creative industries: an Overview
- Who are the creative industries?
- Economic contribution, impact on GDP and employment.
II Mapping the legal context
- The relevant IP rights and the legal instruments supporting them.
Part 2 – A Closer Look at the Creative Industries
- The different players involved
- Rights granted under copyright to authors, performers and producers
- Relevant trade marks aspects
- Protection of authors under international treaties (Berne, TRIPS, WCT)
- Protection of performers and phonogram producers (Rome, Geneva, TRIPS and WPPT)
- The artist, manager and record company: the contractual relationships.
- Distribution of content: physical and digital markets
- Collective management of rights: Authors, performers and producers’ societies
- Cross border licensing
- Emerging issues in the online market: potential new business models for content exploitation.
- Major players in the film creation process
- Film production process
- Financing issues
- Distribution and exploitation issues.
- Online exploitation and recent developments in licensing transactions.
- Key players in the publishing industry: author, agent and the publishing house.
- Relevant rights: copyright, trademarks and passing off issues.
- The publishing contract.
- Online libraries: the Google Books Library Project.
VI Miscellaneous: Advertising, Fashion, Photography
- Collective management and collecting societies.
- Issues in the protection of fashion designs under copyright, trademark, design rights and unfair competition.
- The protection and exploitation of personality rights in the global arena.
Part 3 – Current Issues and Challenges
VII The Protection of Digital Content
- Online exploitation of music, film and books
- Technological protection measures and rights management information
- Licensing transactions and emerging business models.
VIII Digital Piracy and Online Enforcement
- Internet service providers: role, liability rules and legislative developments relating to online content filtering.
- Enforcement against end users.
- LLM in Commercial and Corporate Law
- LLM in Computer and Communications Law
- LLM in Intellectual Property Law
- General LLM
- LLM Flexible Study.
Mode of Assessment
3 hour written examination paper