Module Identifier LAM0520  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Miss Allison Coleman  
Semester Semester 2  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   2 Hours 10 x 2 hour seminars  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Seminar Presentation:  20%
Semester Assessment Essay: Students may choose one of the following: 1. 2 x 2500-3000 word essays. or 2. 1 x 5000-6000 word essay.80%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
The aims and objectives of this course are a thorough understanding of copyright law and its enforcement both domestically and internationally.

Students will become familiar with English Copyright law, then look at differences in the approach of other legal systems, such as those of the US, Continental Europe, Malaysia, China and Far Eastern Countries.

International Copyright conventions will be studied and detailed attention will be paid to the extent to which laws of developing countries and their enforcement procedures will have to change to combat copyright infringement.


Piracy of goods is a major problem, with pirated goods, produced in breach of intellectual property rights, especially copyright, accounting for around 5% of world trade. The international community is attempting to counter this by harmonising laws and law enforcement procedures through international agreement and political pressure. This module considers copyright protection for authors, publishers, software houses and the sound recording industry; the public interest in the dissemination of information; and the copyright issues in global information systems such as the Internet.


1. Principles of English Copyright Law

Copyright, Patents and Designs Act 1988

Copyright works

Ownership of copyright

International protection

Duration of copyright term

Assignment and licensing

Permitted acts


Moral rights

2. Importance of copyright for trade, focussing on publishing, the sound recording industry and software houses.

3. Theories of copyright protection: comparing and contrasting the Anglo-American approach with that of continental Europe, the Far East and socialist countries.

4. Problems of Piracy
Piracy and developing world.

5. International Conventions for the protection of copyright
Berne Convention
Rome Convention

6. Copyright and the European Community
Intellectual property v competition laws
Harmonisation and the Copyright Directives.

7. Copyright problems of global information systems eg Internet

(Please note that this syllabus is subject to change)

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Christie & Gare (2003/04) Statutes on Intellectual Property Law 6th.
Bently & Sherman Intellectual Property Law
Cornish Cases & Materials on Intellectual Property Law


This module is at CQFW Level 7