Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Distance Learning

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Other Private study on DL units; Preparation and submission of written assignment; Additional research and private study


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Module Assessment  Written Assignment of 5,000 words  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Analyse the main international copyright conventions and suggest reasons for their content.
2. Explain the effect of the conventions on the rights of copyright owners and the users of copyright materials.
3. Explain the effect of the conventions on the development of the laws of countries and trading blocks which have implemented them.
4 Explain how technological change has impacted on the terms of the conventions.
5. Evaluate the influence of countries such as the US in determining the shape of international copyright conventions.

Brief description

This module looks at copyright in a global context, analyzing international copyright treaties against the background of international trade, technological change, and the impact of digital developments on the media and entertainment industries. It considers the conventions to which EU and UK law must conform and looks to future reform.


1. The globalization of copyright.
2. International Copyright Treaties – rationale, context and terms.
3. Berne Convention 1886 to WIPO Copyright Treaty 1996.
4. Effect of technological change on international copyright conventions.


This module is at CQFW Level 7